"I don't regret the things I have done. I just regret the things I didn't do when I had the chance"
Regret – it’s something that as I’ve gotten older I have really tried to have less of in my life, as I’m sure many of you have too. Recently I found myself in a somewhat awkward situation where I had to ask myself – what will I regret doing – something or nothing? As I sat there and pondered this, I realized that when I regret something it’s typically something I didn’t do – whether it was to avoid an awkward conversation, save money, or just not put forth an effort. I also realized that when I have regretted something, it’s because I can be pretty stubborn and not want to back down – I am kind of a know it all after all.
I feel like I have to remove myself from a situation or place and think of how will I feel a week, a month, or even a year from now. Will I really be glad that I didn’t spend $80 on a concert ticket and saved it instead, not even knowing where that money went to? Will I regret being the bigger person and calling a friend to apologize? Will I be glad that I decided to not go on a mother daughter trip to save money? The answer, for me to all of these things is no - life is too short to live with regrets and I think this is something that comes with age, I mean who knows what tomorrow will bring.
So buy that concert ticket, tell the people you love that you love them, make that awkward phone call, and book that trip – I guarantee you will not regret doing any of those, even though pulling the trigger can be the hardest part. #yolo.