Read This If You’ve “Never Had The Guts” ~ Throwback
“If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.”
― Criss Jami
Things that never happened because I didn’t have the guts.
The list is long. Like longer than Taylor Swift’s legs long.
How do I know for sure what could have happened?
I don’t. But my regret does.
I’m sure you know what I mean.
My regret is an artist who paints with broad strokes. Large, majestic scenery, filled with full-color landscapes of stories that never happened.
It also is a master in the art of persuasion.
Those stories look spectacular.
They seem amazing.
They are fucking fairy tales.
In these scenarios, my gutless self is replaced by another person. Someone who is risk averse; the acrobatic chance taker/failure dodger. For instance:
I’m a Broadway actress with a shelf crowded with Tony awards.
I’m a rock star, or the wife of a rock star (take your pick), who continues to tour and performs to sold-out crowds.
I’m a mother. Twin boys and a girl.
I’m an entrepreneur who shattered the glass ceiling and owns six companies that are all publicly traded.
I’m a seasoned lecturer and public speaker.
I’m someone who looks refreshed and rested, at least ten years younger (but whose wallet is twenty-five thousand dollars lighter.)
I’m the winner of Dancing With The Stars, The Voice, the Apprentice, and Jeopardy (the celebrity edition).
I’m a mentor on America’s Top Model after having my face grace more magazine covers than any other living human being.
I am resting on my laurels.
~OR HOW ABOUT~
I’m an aging hippie who lives off the land up in Oregon.
I’m an aging New Ager who lives off tips in Hawaii.
I’m the aging owner of a brothel somewhere tolerant of that sort of thing.
I’m busking on the corners of Santa Cruz.
I’m the ex-wife of seven men.
I’m someone who never married, looks thirty-five and owns dozens of Siamese cats.
I’m living in a Villa in Italy after cashing out, buying a one-way ticket, and hooking up with a guy named Paulo.
I have photo albums filled with pictures of me bungee jumping, sky diving and formula one racing, climbing Mt. Everest, Deep sea diving and waving my certificate that states I am the top of my class in NASA astronaut training school.
I’ve changed my name to Solange.
After surveying this list. The list that was supposed to summon that pit in my stomach. You know, the one that makes you feel bad about yourself and feeds regret?
Instead I had an epiphany.
What if those things didn’t happen not so much because of a guts deficit — but due to a keen sense of the obvious as far as knowing what I was capable of — an inkling of my life’s trajectory — a ginormous helping of common sense?
Ha! Take that regret!
P.S. I HAVE done many things in my life that required a shit-ton of guts, and so have YOU—but THAT my friends, is a list for another day.
Got any regrets?