For today’s ‘do it different’ I thought it was a good, and different, idea to turn it over to you.
Am I glad I did! On Facebook and Instagram I posed the question. “What one thing in your life do you wish you had done differently?” (the photo to the right was taken on the treadmill as I was multitasking my DID and my daily 15km).
On Facebook and Instagram I posed the question. “What one thing in your life do you wish you had done differently?”
The responses made for an intiguing discussion.
There were definitely those of us who could rhyme off a list of things they would have done differently. There were also those who supported the “I have no regrets” philosophy and accept that everything is as it should be and was done as it should have been done.
Then there were the astute who questioned the difference between the two, citing that wanting to have done things differently does not necessarily equate to having regrets.
I sit in the first and third camps. Now that I know better, I would have done a number of things very differently growing up – like I NEVER would have started smoking. I would have found a love of sports earlier. I would have been nicer to my parents and told them I loved them more. I would have moved out of home earlier, I would have drank less, and I wouldn’t have been so damned boy crazy. But I don’t regret that I did things the way that I did. I own my choices. I can accept that they were mine to make and being human, I’ve made some not-so-great ones. But knowing what I know now, I would make different choices. When we know better, we do better.
So, what would you have done differently, now that you know better? Anything?
If you’re curious as to how your answers stack up against others, have a read of the discussion thread. It is quite interesting.
Thanks to all who participated in it.
- abiwoldhuis@lajohannesson hmmmm I wish I had been braver earlier in my life…Let opportunities slip by because I didn’t think I could…Now I give it a go and learn along the way 😁
- Delete Commentlajohannesson@abiwoldhuis that’s s good one – thanks for sharing 🙂