Imagine if you received a dollar for every “should have” in your life. Do you know how rich you would be?
Regret, as it pertains to life, relates to action or inaction. Life presents us with all kinds of opportunities and ultimately we hold the decision to embrace or reject these opportunities. We can take the mighty leap of faith and risk falling to our demise, or we can choose to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground with our heels dug securely into safety, yet all the while missing out on what those opportunities had to offer.
For many of us, there is a clear distinction between what actually happened and what we wished would have happened in a given situation. Many of us realize a number of options we could have had or possibly should have taken instead of the action we eventually took. This feeling of regret or sense of second-guessing can be summed up with the expression, “Woulda, coulda, shoulda.”
Unluckily, we don’t have a crystal ball in which we can gaze into the miasma to see what would have happened if we subsided our fears long enough to go for it. For this very reason, it serves justice to our lives to pursue what we set out to accomplish and not allow distractions, detours or misroutes of fear paralyze us into a vapid life. There are no dress rehearsals in life and you can’t hold on to what you had, only to what you have. So doesn’t it make sense to go for it? After all, it’s better to make errors of commission than errors of omission. You only get one shot at life, so take the shot. Otherwise there will be a whole lot of “woulda’s, coulda’s, and shoulda’s” when you look in the rearview mirror of your life