Are you frightened to take a risk? Are you willing to try new things? Do you regret lost opportunities? Or do you crave a change of scene or change of career and are fearful of taking the chance?
I would like to take you on a short journey into the past, a journey that for some is full of regret and lost opportunity.
It was an old beach house when I was thirteen, two storey fibro, with another living space underneath and a small flat at the back.
My parents rented this beach house from an elderly couple who they got to know very well.
I loved that place, and spent many summers on the beach. The thing I remember fondly were the nights or should I say the early morning hours.
I would wake up frequently around 2am and go down to the bottom of the garden and sit on the timber bench and watch the surf roll in.
I recall moonlight nights when the beach was like daylight and the water would shimmer like a hot summer day.
Other nights the sky was ink black and lit up like a Christmas tree, the milky way clearly visible… I would sit there and look at the constellations and try and pin point each of them. They are great memories to be cherished forever.
During this time my parents were given an opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity to purchase this beach house, this beach shack, this place I loved.
The elderly couple approached them because they really liked them, even I could see that at thirteen.
They even offered vendor finance, I remember them saying the flat rental underneath will assist with the mortgage and the little flat in the front can also be rented. (although it wasn’t council approved) I recall being excited by the prospect of living forever in this house, especially at thirteen.
But there was an obstacle for my parents…. the weather hadn’t been good, we had cyclonic winds and beach erosion, and further along the beach an old beach home was in danger of being swallowed up by the surf.
I can remember the discussions my parents had about taking on this property and living on the beach front, and to be fair… the Pacific Ocean when its angry is rather frightening.
Well I don’t have to tell you what happened….
My parents didn’t take up the offer, this once in a life time opportunity, this house which would eventually be worth millions, this beach shack that is still standing to this day nearly fifty years later.
In fact my Dad doesn’t even like walking past it now, even at ninety two years of age, at the time of writing this post, it still hurts, his lost opportunity, a lifestyle lost. Although my parents have done well, regrets still haunt them years later….
Yet others can brush themselves off and start again without looking back. This post was written with the approval of my Dad, he read it and watched the video I took.
What about you, any lost opportunities? Any regrets? I am sure there is, but the good news is there is an opportunity waiting for you now… if you are looking for a change, an opportunity to get started in the digital economy, its waiting for you.
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