Looking back at your life, was it worth every mistake that you made in the past?
Since life is made of choices, and they define the outcome of what we accomplish. Do you regret anything? Would you change something ,even if it meant changing everything that you have acconplished?
This is an interesting question and I'm sure for many, could incite interesting or thought provoking responses. I think everything in our past is an influence on who we are and also helps to shape our minds and behavior. I was in a marriage for three years that was abusive and while I carried many regrets for the experience, the blessing from same was my son who is one of my dear friends now too. I chose the marriage and I also chose to leave the abuse, not just for myself, but the effects it was bringing on my son who was three at the time. The experience has made me a stronger person, but I was also a stronger person when I entered that marriage, a marriage that nearly destroyed me. It didn't kill my spirit though. It changed the way I define problems and when I have a challenge, I always tell myself nothing is a problem compared to the effects of that marriage. It enhanced my character, my level of compassion; it heightened all my senses. The effects were the benefit of the experience, but I would never want to relive it again. Great question. Thank you.
As an 18 year old, I understand I still have a lot of life to go through before I truly know if all my past mistakes are worth making to get me where I will end up. But what I do know for sure is that life is not about being perfect. No matter how bad the mistake is, it is a good thing it happened. A teen who accidentally impregnates his girlfriend on the outside may have ruined his entire life, but if he accepts his mistake and works with it instead of around it, he would have just added another chapter to his glorious life. I still have some regrets, even at a young age. But honestly, if I had the choice to change any of my mistakes in my past, I wouldn't trade any of them. My mistakes have brought me to where I am now, and it's our mistakes that make our life stories worth telling.
I would change only one thing...I would never have picked up that first cigarette!
I have learned from most of my mistakes but I have to admit, there are a few that still leave me red-faced and embarrassed even years later. :-)
My biggest regret is that when I was a teenager I was not a terribly kind person. I was very self-centered and wrapped up in myself and honestly did not care who I hurt. That was about age 13 - 17 and I started to mature just past 18 and have empathy for other people. Thank God!
It is my belief that we should not look back, the past is past and cannot be undone. However the future is ahead if we focus and realize life starts anew daily!
I daydream sometimes over the past and the paths I took, the things I did and didn't do, and I wonder who and where I'd be now. But if I hadn't been in that cafe at that precise time in Amsterdam and talked to that girl who sat near me... I wouldn't be here now and I wouldn't have my son who is the dearest thing ever in my life. And this moment, right now, with everything I've got right here... I wouldn't miss for the world - so no... absolutely NO regrets.
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