In the End, We Only Regret the Chances We Didn’t Take

There is a popular quote that I have seen overly Pinned on Pinterest;

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”

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I’m not sure who originally said it, but those eleven words can mean a lot.
I think people use the word regret too easily and it’s taken too lightly. Yes, we all can make mistakes, do something we didn’t think through, or we do something stupid. However we can’t turn back time, we can’t undo what we did, and once we have said those words we can’t take them back. What’s done is done. What we can do, is learn from it and move on without causing too much pain to ourselves and other people. 

So we sit there suffocating anxiously with the decisions we have made or about to make, but should we ‘regret’ them or take the risk?

“Taking risks and making choices is what makes life so exciting!”

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If time machines existed and I was given the chance to go back to my fifteen year old self, what would I say? How do I know that going back wouldn’t change the course of history and therefore my future? And possibly not for the better? 

“It is better to cross the line and suffer the consequences than just to stare at that line for the rest of your life”

It’s called the Butterfly Effect (i’m sure most of us have seen the film with Ashton Kutcher) in which changing one small thing can change everything. Do I want to mess with the time continuum? No thanks. 

“Take a chance because you’ll never know how absolutely perfect something could turn out to be.”

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Take the chance, take the risk.

Worry less, smile more. 

Don’t regret, just learn and grow.

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