While his experience was tragic, his advice is truly sobering. We can all take a lesson from Lou in identifying what we’re chasing before we chase it and prioritizing those things in our life that matter most. Most importantly, we need to remind ourselves of the why behind the what before we’re decades down a road and we don’t even know how we got there.

The great news is it’s never too late. And there’s no time like the present to put family first, follow your passions, and dive headfirst into the dreams God has placed in your heart. Don’t live your life in remembrance of who you were, because the truth is you have the capacity for greatness RIGHT NOW—and the world, your family, your friends, and especially YOU deserve the best you have to offer!

The emotional letter reads: I need to get my life off my chest. About me: I’m a 46-year-old banker and I have been living my whole life the opposite of how I wanted. All my dreams, my passion, are gone. In a steady 9-7 job, 6 days a week. For 26 years. I repeated chose the safe path for everything, which eventually changed who I was. Today I found out that my wife has been cheating on me for the last 10 years. My son feels nothing for me. I realized I missed my father’s funeral for NOTHING.

I didn’t complete my novel, travel the world, or help the homeless. He went on to explain that his job quickly became his life, only having time to eat dinner and sleep before heading back to the office again. It ruined his sex life – and he couldn’t even remember the last time that he and his wife had made love. The letter continues: Yesterday, my wife admitted to cheating on me for the last 10 years. 10 years. That seems like a long time, but I can’t comprehend it. It doesn’t even hurt.

She says it’s because I’ve changed, that I’m not the person I was. What have I been doing for the last 10 years? Besides work, I can’t really say anything – not being a proper husband. Not being ME. Who am I? What happened to me? I didn’t even ask for a divorce, or yell at her, or cry. I felt NOTHING. But now I can feel a tear as I write this. But not because my wife has been cheating on me – because I am now realizing I have been dying inside.

The devastated husband goes on to reveal that, when his mother called him to tell him that his father was dying, he was too busy with work to go and visit. Realizing too late his terrible mistake, he said: WHAT WAS I THINKING? Rationalizing everything, making excuses to put things off. Excuses. Procrastination. It all leads to one thing – nothing.

I rationalized that money was the most important thing. I now know that it definitely is not. All the things I thought I knew to be certain about myself when I was in my late teens and early twenties. If my younger self had met me today, I would have punched myself in the face I regret doing nothing with my energy, when I had it. My passions. My youth. I regret letting my job take over my life.

I regret being an awful husband, a money-making machine. I regret not finishing my novel, not traveling the world. Not being emotionally there for my son. Being a damn emotionless wallet He finished with a warning to all those who were reading his status: If you’re reading this, and you have your whole life aged of you, please don’t procrastinate. Don’t leave your dreams for later.

Relish in your energy, your passions. Don’t stay on the internet with all your spare time (unless your passion needs it). Please, do something with your life while you’re young. DO NOT settle down at 20. DO NOT forget your friends, your family, or yourself. DO NOT waste your life, your ambitions, like I did mine. Do not be like me.

By Lilit

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