To feel sorrow or remorse for
A sense of loss or disappointment, dissatisfaction, etc.
So far I have lived a life of few regrets. Not because of the normal clichés that “everything happens for a reason”, or “I wouldn’t have been here today if I would have chose differently”, but purely for the fact that I have applied for, and pursued everything I decided I wanted with 100% audacity. Whether or not I was rejected or the plan changed once accepted, I have never backed down from trying to obtain something that I felt was in my best interest to explore.
I am not a person that waits until the last-minute to do many things. I also don’t get a rush when pulling an all-nighter or putting together some important project at the last-minute. I am a planner, and I plan to succeed.
My work ethic, therefore, allows me to state clichés such as “everything happens for a reason”, and that “my life is going in the path it is supposed to”, with confidence. Often, too many people use these clichés to exclude themselves from regret.
I think that it is humbling to admit to regret, and furthermore, empowering. By accepting that you would have done something different, you can learn from your action(s) and fully embrace the steps to never do them again.
An example of something you SHOULD regret: You say that you really REALLY want to attend a workshop. You have to complete an essay in order to be selected as an attendee. You decide to begin your first draft of the paper the night before the deadline.
If you do not get accepted, you SHOULD regret your last-minute planning.
Another example of something you SHOULD regret: You lose all or most of your rent money gambling. Your friends and family have to pitch in to help pay your rent.
You SHOULD regret your impulse spending.
While driving under the influence you receive a DUI. Following the conviction, you have to spend hundreds of dollars repairing your driving credit. You can no longer afford to send your children to the tutoring or after school programs in which they take part.
You SHOULD regret your irresponsible behavior.
No, these are not examples of life changing events, but they are the actions that build the trail to your milestones. You don’t have to regret the outcome, but you should not continue to excuse actions that are hindering your progress……they become habits.
Please provide some examples of decisions, choices, and/or behavior that people SHOULD regret.
Below is a link to an article that discusses decision-making processes and how to live a life with no (fewer) regrets.