Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Charleston, History, and Trying

One of the things I love about Charleston, SC, is the fact that history is so wonderfully mixed with today. Everywhere you look you’ll see bits and pieces and large chunks of history (think everything from an antique desk in a hotel lobby to old firehouses repurposed into condo buildings).

Whenever I’m here I wonder, “What would someone in the early-1900s, mid-1800s, or late-1700s tell us if they could?”

Believe it or not, there’s a way you can make this happen. Find an older person and ask them, “If you, as you are today, could talk to the younger you, let’s say when you were sixteen, what would you tell you about life and how it would go?”

And remember, “older” is a relative word, so, who is “older” than you? “Older” is 35 to 15, or 85 to 65.

It’s an interesting exercise. Most older people will tell you they’d say to relax, things will work out. They’ll note—and I think this is the most important part—that as you age you’ll regret more of the things you didn’t do than you regret the things you did.

They’ll tell you to try; to get out in life and take the chance of failing and being hurt. In most cases, they’ll tell you that there will always be things you’ll wish hadn’t happened, but they are far outweighed by the things you’re glad did happen…but you have to try.

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