Writing the End of My Book

This past weekend I went to the ROCK Conference in Ocean City with the youth group from my church. One of the bands that played the conference was Sidewalk Prophets. One of their songs, Prodigal, had some lyrics that really struck me.

Wherever you are, whatever you did
It’s a page in your book, but it isn’t the end

I have always had a problem with dwelling on my past mistakes too much. Sometimes this can lead to a fear of moving forward because you are afraid of making the same mistake again. It can also lead to self esteem issues and a belief that you aren’t good enough because you have made mistakes in the past.  I’ve gotten better about this recently, but I still occasionally let past mistakes creep back into my mind. I joke a lot about how great I am, and sometimes I actually believe it, but deep down I’m always afraid I’m not quite good enough. I need to forget the old stuff and focus on making sure the end of my book(I hope there are many more pages) is a good one.

I’ve been thinking a lot already this year about living life with no regrets. ragrets

I think these lyrics fit right in with that philosophy. Where I am now does not have to be the end of my book. I need to keep myself open to new experiences and new opportunities. This might mean a change soon. It might mean a new direction when I retire(less than 9 years away). So, I’m going to keep writing my book hoping it will be a book that is an inspiration to others or, perhaps, a comedic cautionary tale.

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3 Comments

  1. As someone who has led a “comedic cautionary tale” of a life, I applaud the sentiment of living with no regrets. It is something I strive for everyday. Personally, I try to see every event, instance, momentary stumble, trial, heartbreak and joy as a stepping stone on the path from A (first breath) to where and who I am going to be at B (last breath). All of them necessary, even the unpleasant ones, to get me to where I am supposed to be. I don’t have a clue where that is, but I have faith that it will be awesome.

  2. Take it from me, periodic reinvention of oneself keeps things interesting and moving forward. And if you find past mistakes haunt you, do what I do and consign them to that black hole back there that tries to suck everything in. My 20s are in my own little black hole, and every once in a while a little seeps out, forcing me to reflect on where I am now and where I could have been if I hadn’t pulled myself back from that particular abyss. A little dark? Perhaps it explains my dark sense of humor.

    You’re fine. You need to give youself a break. Really. And you don’t necessarily have to wait for retirement to get started on a different path.

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