What Is Your Biggest Regret In Life?
If you have lived long enough and had been actively participating in life around you, invariably you will have regrets when you look back. Regrets are often a realisation that our decisions or indecisions had determined an outcome that we perhaps had not or would unlikely to have chosen. And if we had had a 20/20 hindsight, things would perhaps turn out differently. Well, who knows how issues and circumstances may in fact invalidate that regrettable 20/20 outcome! ‘Ifs’ and ‘buts’ are often counter-productive and it may be wise to not be too fixated by focusing on them too lengthily. Some opined that regrets are unnecessary as fate had determined specifically the consequence for us, or that most outcomes of decisions and choices happen for a reason. Whatever our philosophical or psychological underpinnings may have been for our regrets, the important lesson is that we learn from our mistakes, especially when some of these regrets had permanent repercussions in our life. Some of the commoner sources of regrets are in the areas of romance, parenting, parents, education, career, finances, health, friendships, spirituality, and worry. In this article in The Guardian, Emma Freud’s interaction with her son who was just getting into college, inspired her to survey among her friends with the question, “What is your biggest regret?” Their replies perhaps may help us identify with them or guide us in our journey with less regrets down the road as we continue to grapple with the joys and choices that life offers us.
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