Although, I think many of us probably have more wishes that things beyond our control had been different, or have more wonder about alternate possibilities, than we do straight up regrets.
I was reading the September issue of Mensa’s magazine. In here, there’s a section where members wrote in with their biggest regrets.
Some of the are sad and unfortunately unchangeable now – the ones having to do with having certain conversations with people who died.
Some of them are very simple. One person says she regrets not taking a chemistry class in college. One said she regrets not learning to play guitar. One person regretted not going into the Peace Corps. One regretted not going to veterinarian school.
Here’s my question to those regrets which can easily be changed at this point – why aren’t those people doing those things?
I understand that some things in life can be tough because of money or time issues. Perhaps the Peace Corps person has a family now and doesn’t feel she can leave them for an extended amount of time. But the guitar? A chemistry class?
These are things that I would think in most circumstances could be easily accomplished. Sure, it’ll cost some money to buy a guitar. (You don’t need a really nice one just to learn how to play.) And college classes always cost money.
But for many people, these are within the scope of budgets – things that are possible to pay for with a little setting aside each month or each week.
My question to you is what’s your biggest regret? And if it’s still possible to rectify, what are you doing about it now?