The other day my wife and I were invited to a floor party in our apartment building by a couple in their sixties. We’ve been friendly with them ever since we moved in three years ago, but have never really gotten to know them.
We spent an amazing evening listening to their life stories. They shared adventures about working in the movie industry in California; about following their dreams and not having any regrets about how they spent their lives; about doing what they love and spending their time with the people that they love and enjoy.
Neither one followed the typical path of working for a large corporation, toiling away in a dingy gray office complex. They shared photographs of themselves with people such as Mariel Hemingway, Lyndon Johnson, and Frank Sinatra. They told us stories about the Gabor sisters and working on movie and theater sets. They took us through their adventures of marathon races and moving across the country simply for a change of scenery as their eyes would light up as they shared their memories and life experiences.
It was an amazing, inspirational evening. Not only did we create a stronger friendship with our neighbors, but it strengthened my resolve to follow my dreams and not someone else’s; to aim for a full life with no regrets.