I regret the most not spending more time with my children and thinking that killing myself would be a better option for them.
I was depressed. I was afraid I had let them down even before they were two years old.
I regret the girl I left because I thought I was going to go broke and she wouldn’t like me.
I regret thinking I was smart and starting or investing in businesses that I knew nothing about.
What do I do now? Smashing a coconut in the street because someone told me it would create good luck.
Yes. I regret that.
Sometimes I even regret writing or saying things that I didn’t realize would hurt some people close to me. I’m sorry.
But I said it and I believed it and you can’t put toothpaste back into the tube.
No war can be justified, college is a scam, home ownership is vile, voting is useless, jobs suck, my dad had horrific relationships as a kid that I was afraid I was doomed to repeat – are among a few of the issues that resulted in death threats or lost friends and lost family.
A lion doesn’t give it’s prey a chance to explain before it eats the prey.
But show me a regret and I will also show you something to be grateful for.
We only grow by solving difficult gratitude problems. Literally: our brains neurons connect in new ways that save our lives later.
We regret because we didn’t question enough.
If I ask questions I’m always afraid there might be a moment of embarrassment. If I don’t ask questions, I know I will have a lifetime of embarrassment.
But I know it’s never too late. I’ve reinvented my life 17 times. I’m on a new reinvention this year. I’m 47.
The present is unstoppable, devouring the future like the sunrise devours the darkness.
Success is moving from a present that fears to a future that acts.
Here’s 20 Ways I personally deal with my regrets. Maybe they will work for you. I don’t know.
Never believe someone who has the answers. I only know what works for me. This.