Monday Man Flu Reflection

Mountain Lake

Ok, it’s Monday. I am officially full of man flu and quite frankly just tired, achy and a little snotty…

I’m not sure what it is, but every time I have the dreaded man flu, I reflect on life.

I recently read an incredibly thought provoking piece by Bronnie Ware on the regrets of the dying. Here is the link.

This may be an MMA training blog, a fitness blog, a strength blog, whatever you want to call it, but I genuinely believe martial arts, toughness and strength all transcend training and directly affect your life. That’s why I like to talk about living life too.

This short post is not meant to put a downer on your Monday, but rather a reminder that life is for living.

The top five regrets of the dying are:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. 

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

The funny thing about this list is that there is no mention of money, no mention of material possessions and no mention of status.

The above five points are all easily actionable today. Live the life you want to live. Cut back on work and spend more time with friends and family. Tell your loved ones you love them and be happy today.

It’s easy to put off the little things, but clearly at the end of the day, it’s these things that matter.