Today a coworker said, “I have one regret, and that’s . . .”
It seems this is a sentence you hear people say often. We don’t want to have regrets, or really admit to them, but we usually admit that there is at least one thing about our life we wish we could have done differently. To err is human, and it’s impossible to get everything right all the time. Especially in your 20’s 😉
Choosing to have no regrets about your life is very empowering. It allows you to look at the positive spin on things, and find the silver lining. Should I have married him? No, definitely not. But I learned who I really am. I learned what I want in a man. In a relationship. And I became ten times stronger after leaving him. Should I have bought the house on my own, instead of renting? No, should have rented in that situation. The market crashed later, it took forever to sell and I only broke even. But I learned about home maintenance. I learned how to do things for myself. I mowed a lawn for a the first time. I responsibly paid and held a mortgage all on my own. Plus, I loved that house.
Acknowledging your regrets, and then releasing them by justification feels pretty damn good! 😉 But seriously, the more you tell yourself those things, you eventually just start believing it and the regret goes away. It becomes just a lesson from your rich life; a thread in the tapestry that is YOU.