There she sat taking in the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean breaking against the sun soaked sand below her. A son or son-in-law, or just younger man who cared, had wheeled her to the top of the sand dunes where she admired the ocean in a way all of us have throughout our years.
My daughter and I approached from the beach, sand clinging to our feet, smiles locked to our faces.
As we walked past her we caught just the briefest part of woman's conversation. The slightest hint of a deeper conversation she was having with the younger man. A story was being discussed that was both sad and profound.
"I really wanted to go, but I was just that little bit tired, and I've regretted it the rest of my life," she said.
I heard no more than those words. I have no idea what she regretted, but she could have done it, was tired and now will regret it, possibly until she dies.
As I strolled away, I loved the way she said those words, and the words washed over me. I wondered what things will we choose not to do. Because we are tired or can't be bothered, or just because…
What things will we live to regret.
I hope that her words will echo into my life. I hope they will impact my relationships and my time.
"I really wanted to go, but I was just that little bit tired, and I've regretted it the rest of my life."