What are regrets for?

By Jay Hiller, July 20, 2023

The sentiment on this bracelet is well-meaning. I don’t find it helpful. Photo by Hailey Moeller on Unsplash

A few years ago, in one of those moments when you’re waiting for yoga class to start, I was talking to a student who was more than 20 years older than myself. He was happily married and retired from a responsible job. I don’t remember how we started talking about his first marriage and how he felt he had allowed work to interfere with his home life. He said, “I was so stupid,” and stopped talking.

You can stamp as many logos on bracelets as you please. You’re going to have regrets because you can’t be alive and not make mistakes. I’ve made many and some of them have been serious. I have regrets and those regrets serve an important purpose. They stop or slow me down from making the same mistake again. You can’t learn, develop or grow without mistakes or having regrets. Maybe the motto should be “Learn from our regrets.”

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2 responses to “What are regrets for?”

  1. Agree. Pining over coulda woulda shoulda does no purpose. Happy 1st anniversary for the Over 42 blog!!

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