Life is so short. I know, my older relatives have been telling me this my entire life and I ignored them for the first eighteen years of my life; I completely regret not taking the reigns and leading my life instead of just being a long for the ride and taking the easy option. All to often I though I was making the ‘right’ decision but it was normally the decision that was in front of me and sounded the most opinion.
Two decisions I’ve made that I wouldn’t make again are when I withdrew from college to work full time and when I made the choice not to go to my dream school to go to a school closer to home. That being said, I did love the school I attended in my short time there and I’ve learned so much in the workforce that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. These choices, while they were wrong in the long run, were right at the time; I’ll always stand by them.
What does regret achieve? Regretting a decision you’ve made in a past chapter of your life only accomplishes a somber attitude. It’s never worth regretting decisions you made in the past because like the saying goes “Hindsight is twenty-twenty.” The decision might’ve turned out to be the ‘wrong’ decision, but at the point the decision made it seemed to be the wrong decision.
The only productive way to handle this is to come to terms with the situation you’re in. Instead of regretting it and dwelling on it; all you have to do is change the situation you’re in. I’m the biggest advocate of the fact that there is a time and a place for everything, but if you dislike your situation timing isn’t everything. If you wait for timing to be perfect for you to change your life then it will never happen.
The big idea: You don’t want to wake up in 20, 30, 40 years and think back and wish your life was lead by your active decisions as opposed to being lived by circumstance. Don’t live your life later, live it today!
I hope you have a productive day! 🙂