"When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it's over, I don't want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened or full of argument. I don't want to end up simply having visited this world."
Several great writers have expressed something similar to this “looking back from the end of life” quote. I think poet and Professor Mary Oliver says it beautifully.
My friends familiar with Neuro Linguistic Programming will probably react (as I did) to her repeated use of the negative—a definite no in the NLP effective communication world. That said, I still love the quote and hope it is of value to you also.
With love and respect,