Ever wonder if you are doing life wrong? I am currently in a transitional state, not quite clear about what will be next; a sort of mid-life crisis. As I await for some projects to take form I wonder if I am on the right track or making the biggest mistake of my life. The problem is that there is really no way to know. As Steve Jobs famously said…
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
I recently came across this article, 30 Thought-Provoking Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day. I invite you try to answer them for yourself as I take on each question:
1. Who am I really? I am a woman, a daughter, a relative, a friend. I am curious, skeptical, intelligent, knowledgable. I am single, adventurous, adaptable, and always searching. An eternal teacher and student. An investigator and a writer.
2. What worries me most about the future? That we will not learn from our mistakes and therefore we are bound to repeat them.
3. If this were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? Probably not. I would fly back to Venezuela and spend that day with my family and childhood friends.
4. What am I really scared of? Never establishing roots.
5. Am I holding on to something I need to let go of? I hope not. I try not to hold on to things that are out of my control or in the past.
6. If not now, then when? If only it were that easy. If possible, now… always now.
7. What matters most in my life? That I am happy and have no regrets, and that I can somewhat contribute to the happiness of people around me.
8. What am I doing about the things that matter most in my life? Unfortunately I have to accept that regardless of what I do I cannot make everyone happy, but I can make myself happy. I’m learning.
9. What do I matter? In the great scale of things not that much but being here is awesome so I’ll try to make the best of it for myself and those around me.
10. Have I done anything lately worth remembering? Nothing earth-shattering I believe. I can’t answer this now. Years from now… who knows what will be worth remembering.
11. Have I made someone smile today? I did… and laugh out loud too. Mission accomplished. 😀
12. What have I given up on? Having children of my own.
13. When did I last push the boundaries of my comfort zone? In general I push the boundaries quite often but mostly to accommodate others not myself. My comfort zone is very roomy though.
14. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give? Don’t doubt yourself… let others do it but if you must err in the assessment of your own capabilities, let it be on the side of overconfidence but accompany this overconfidence with a thirst for knowledge.
15. What small act of kindness was I once shown that I will never forget? There have been many… from friends giving me long rides to someone saving me 25 cents at the supermarket.
16. How shall I live, knowing I will die? Fully.
17. What do I need to change about myself? My self-doubt.
18. Is it more important to love or be loved? To love.
19. How many of my friends would I trust with my life? Mmmmm… about 10 who are carefully located in different parts of the world. 😆
20. Who has had the greatest impact on my life? My mother.
21. Would I break the law to save a loved one? Absolutely.
22. Would I steal to feed a starving child? Yes.
23. What do I want most in life? To be happy.
24. What is life calling of me? To make a move.
25. Which is worse: failing or never trying? Never trying.
26. If I try to fail, and succeed, which have I done? Succeeded.
27. What’s the one thing I’d like others to remember about me at the end of my life? That I was there when they needed me and that I made them laugh.
28. Does it really matter what others think about me? Not more than what I think about myself.
29. To what degree have I actually controlled the course my life has taken? At times I’ve been in full control but lately I’ve been on autopilot for too long.
30. When it’s all said and done, will I have said more than I’ve done? Sheesh! I hope not.
I am not sure that I will be asking myself these question every day but perhaps every few months would probably make a good exercise. How did you do?