If you could have a "do-over" in life, what would you do differently?
Or would you do everything the same? Does looking at such instances in retrospect inform the way you live your life today?
Wow, there's so many. Probably persevere through piano training. Teacher said I was the best student she ever had but I didn't follow through with it. That's one definitely.
Only if I could go back and know then what I know now, otherwise.....has anyone seen "groundhog day"? Isn't it just amazing that when you finally understand something, at least enough to do justice, how you wonder how you didn't know "that" before? I'd definitely go to college sooner.
Beside perhaps taking a year off before starting my Bachelors - nothing.
And even the year off - I was the youngest person in the class, graduated at 19yrs of age as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse, and after now 11yrs of nursing am only 30 yet have been a 'senior' for years.
I'd do everything the same - I have no regrets, I am proud of where I am in life, proud of my achievements, proud of my wife and our family (to be). I am happy with where I am, and where we are going. Why change that?
Mostly, the changes would be about college. Instead of a business major, I would have majored in communication. Instead of living on campus, I would have lived off campus.
I say that because I have matured more in the years I have lived on my own than in the 4 years I was at college. I also would have had fewer interruptions from noise and other campus chaos.
Other changes would be in regards to relationships in which I have been hurt. I would not have tolerated such behavior or attitudes and would have put a stop to them early on.
I also recognize times when I could have been more compassionate in listening to and responding to others. I will probably spend the rest of my life, maybe more, trying to make up for that.
Thanks for sharing. Its amazing what we see in retrospect. The good thing is its never too late to take those things and apply them! I wish you the best in listening and responding-don't be too hard on yourself. We often are not taught that well.
I would push harder for my education when I was younger and I had more time and fewer obligations. I married at 19 but didn't have kids until I was 30 so I had a lot of time I could have used in a better way.
Would you say that having kids at 30 has its positive benefits? My mom had us young and sometimes wishes she could have waited until she was more mature.
I know in my case it was a good thing. I was so much more mature and ready to put the child first. I was much more patient and settled than I would have been 10 years earlier. So for me It did have positive benefits.
I am happy with my education and my profession. I always contacted and dealt with very good and nice people. Unfortunately, many years ago I had made several stupid mistakes based on emotional and impulsive behavior. Several years later, there were some reminiscences and reminders of those times. And I began to think that I was mistaken about the whole thing. The subsequent events, however, showed that such was not the case and I still feel the sad consequences of my attempts to enter the same river the second time. So, I would not have done everything the same. I would have avoided impulsive actions.
I hear you--I've made some impulsive emotionally-based choices in my past--usually didn't turn out so well. I'm glad that you have the insight to look back and recognize patterns--that's one of the best ways to create a better present and future!
I'm not sure I would change anything. I have lived a rough life, and at times I wondered if I would survive another year. Sure when things were challenging I would wish for a chance to do things over, but do I now? No, I guess not. I am happy with how strong, experienced, and gracious the rough times have made me, and I take joy meeting the new challenges of life with the spirit of perseverance and courage I have learned.
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