The sudden passing of Betty White on New Year’s Eve day left me really emotional (but to be fair though, everything gets me emotional!).
No one can argue that she had lived a very full and meaningful life, one which she has so humbly noted many times throughout her long life that she considered herself to be “the luckiest broad on two feet” and that she also lived with no regrets (and lots of animals!)
But still, her adoring fans, including myself (like who here didn’t love her role in the Golden Girls!) weren’t ready to say goodbye to her when the news broke just three weeks shy of her 100th birthday; a day which so many of us had been awaiting in anticipation of to help honour and celebrate her incredible life and achievements.
It’s really hard to imagine, even for someone as iconic as Betty White is, who lived such a fulfilling life could live without having any regrets though? I mean that’s pretty remarkable.
My illness has sparked a long list of regrets in my life, many of which have only made it that much more difficult for me to live a fulfilling, happier life right now.
I regret all the times I haven’t been able to enjoy the present moment, or taken more chances.
I regret all the times I haven’t trusted enough in myself, or had the strength to keep moving forward when things get too hard or days feel too much.
I regret all the times I’ve been unable to recognize my self worth (and it’s alot), or didn’t stand up for myself more by being honest when faced with judgmental people in my life.
I regret all the times I haven’t told someone how they’ve made me feel, or have cared too much about what others have thought of me.
I know I’m not alone but when I began delving deeper into Betty White’s remarkable life and legacy through a closer lens over the last couple of days I can now see more clearly just how many important lessons we can takeaway from her very long and very well-intentioned life that she lived without regrets.
She was a trailblazer who broke down so many incredibe barriers in her lifetime (especially for women).
She taught us that by staying active both in our body and mind can help keep you feeling young and without regret.
She taught us that finding a passion or many passions in life and pursuing them can keep you feeling young and without regret.
She taught us that perseverance can keep you feeling young and without regret.
She taught us that change, especially when trying to keep up with the fast paced and ever-changing world we live in today can keep you feeling young and without regret.
She also taught us that no matter how many times in life we may need to pivot or change with the times that always giving it your all can definitely keep you feeling young and without regret.
These are just a few of my own takeaways from what Betty has taught the world but she herself has often shared her own true secret with journalists and the public as to what it truly takes to keep her feeling young and live such a full and meaningful life with no regrets and her answer was simple; having “kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself” is all you really need (and vodka; she’s a comedian afterall!).
As I said at the start, her death made me really emotional and even though she was just weeks away from her 100th birthday, it just felt so sudden and shocking. We all felt as though she was going to live forever. But I’m going to read what I’ve written here today over and over again as I try and put my best foot forward into the start of 2022 knowing that showing both kindness and consideration towards others is a big part of who I already am and it’s one regret I will never have, nor apologize for.
What has Betty White taught you?
Do you live with any regrets in life?
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