Have you ever regretted something you did not say or do?
Yes. I think we often regret the things we did not do or say. I do not regret anything I have done, in fact, I truly believe everything I’ve done or been through taught me a lesson and made me who I am today. However, I do have regrets of things I haven’t done or said.
Just last week, I took a stroll around the city with a friend of mine. We talked about our times in University, the future and how we wished we did things differently. I regret not putting more effort into my studies, I regret not enrolling in an exchange program and telling someone how I truly felt about them. I regret not fighting for myself in certain situations and taking risks. After saying all these things aloud, I felt pretty low. I couldn’t see all the great things I’ve accomplished in life and just dwelled on the things I haven’t done.
But the truth is, it’s never too late to do the things you’ve never had the chance to do. I won’t be able to go back in time and do better in school, but I can start putting more effort in things I do today. I won’t be able to enrol in an exchange program now but I can go travelling. The past is in the past and we only have the present. So instead of dwelling on things that didn’t happen, I’m focusing on things I want to do and making them happen. It’s time to stop waiting for the “right” moment. Let’s face it, there’s never a right moment and we will never be ready to go out of our comfort zone. So let’s alter our regrets and make them happen!