That’s how your whole life will feel some day


“No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all. There’s that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should’ve been paying attention.

“Well, get used to that feeling. That’s how your whole life will feel some day.”

Chuck Palahniuk, from Invisible Monsters

Charles Michael Palahniuk, 52, is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction. spent his early childhood living out of a mobile home in Burbank, Washington. His parents, Carol and Fred Palahniuk, separated and divorced when he was fourteen, leaving Chuck and his siblings to spend much of their time on their maternal grandparent’s cattle ranch.  Chuck graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in journalism. He entered the workforce as a journalist for a local Portland newspaper, but soon grew tired of the job. He then gained employment as a diesel mechanic, spending his days repairing trucks and writing technical manuals. It was during this time that Chuck experienced much of what would become fodder for his early work, including working as an escort for terminally ill hospice patients and becoming a member of the notorious Cacophony Society. He was the author of the award winning novel Fight Club, which also was made into a feature film.

Quote Source: Stalwart Reader. Portrait & Bio Source: Chuck Bio Source: Wiki.


  1. Interesting sentiment, but much too dark for my tastes. I think one’s life COULD be that way, but I don’t think it’s necessarily preordained….


  2. i see life more as a series of little tastes, and know i cannot possibly eat everything on the entire buffet, but rather, it is more important to fully experience what i do choose to put on my tray.


  3. I see his point…especially when measured against the enormity of moments to be had, places to see, food to try (and food that I won’t try)…so I guess the key is to delight in the gazillion moments we do have…


  4. I think the older we become, the more we experience that feeling. It can’t be helped. But that’s why we need so many reminders to live in the present moment, without regret and without looking at the past so much with the “fallen heart feeling.” Today is all we really have, right? And with that said…too bad I have to work all day long. Oops…fallen heart feeling strikes again. 🙂


  5. Wow, I don’t feel that way AT ALL. I feel as if I’ve stuffed everything into my life and it’s fabulous. I never missed a single thing because I was busy doing stuff I wanted to do. NO REGRETS, not one…ever.


  6. I don’t have a bucket list, maybe because I have this sentiment and didn’t realize it. I don’t think of it in a negative way; rather, life is full of so many delicious morsels and not all of them are the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everett.


  7. Everest.


  8. I have no bucket list. Just trying to pay attention to the contents of the bucket I’m at any given time. But even that is hard.


  9. Deep sigh.


  10. Reblogged this on bornalmost and commented:
    This seems to be worthy enough to explore….


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