I'm 29 years old as of writing these words. I genuinely treat every day as a blessing. I seek answers from God as to why I've been so fortunate when others haven't. I don't live a life of luxury, but I have always been surrounded by love and comfort.
But am I scared of death or worried about leaving this world without achieving my dreams? Absolutely.
Ageing is inevitable because it's coming regardless of what you spend on cosmetics or technology to make you look younger. Some people even suffer from a phobia called Gerascophobia, which is a constant fear of growing old. It's natural to be scared growing old because we begin to lose independence. We begin to rely more on our families or close friends (if they're still around) to provide and support us. Some of us might experience loneliness for the first time in our lives, too.
The biggest regret for most pensioners was not living life to the fullest when they had the world in front of them when they were younger. Therefore, you must live every day as if it's your last. It's something I've been living by for the past year. In the past, I would worry about the next day, such as feeling anxious about speaking to a particular person or worrying about attending an event, but when I changed my mindset, so did my attitude.
I convinced myself if tomorrow was ending, then why should I hide what I say to people? I'm still respectful and courteous because that's how I was raised, but I no longer care about people's reactions or opinions. I can reassure myself in the future that I was always honest and wasn't afraid to put my foot down. You can't buy respect – you earn it.
I don't want to reach retirement and look back wishing I did more when I had the time, money and physical strength. I recently wrote my bucket list to encourage me to live the best life possible without any regrets. I know one day that my health will deteriorate, so I hope to hold on to all my adventures and memories as long as possible.
I saw an Instagram post the other day that said the absolute prime to kill life is between the ages of 28-55. Whether or not you agree with the assumption is your choice, but the older we get, the less we can do.