Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Someone asked me a while ago if I had any regrets and I spontaneously answered, "no." They looked at me and said 'good for you.' I thought about it afterwards and realized how full of shit I was. I hate having regrets and I try not to focus on them but some days they sit in the back of my mind like that sullen teenager at the back of class. I know how pointless it is to think about what might have been, its not like you can go into a time machine and have a do over. I just have days where I do regret the choices I made and I wonder what trajectory my life would be on now if I had made different choices.
 I have about five major regrets in my life. I regret that I never pursued the journalism degree I had thought about pursuing. I regret not being braver about acknowledging my sexuality at a younger age. My other regrets are too personal to share. Today that sullen teenager is lurking at the back of my mind and saying to me, 'what if?' There is nothing I can say back except 'it is what it is,' and carry on. Such is the nature of regret.


  1. It's hard to argue against the fact that thinking about regrets can prevent you from doing bad/stupid/insensitive things again, but it can really be a negative force if you think about it too much. I would never ask anyone to think about it. I only have one major regret (at least at the moment that's what I think) but it covers a lot of territory - I hurt far too many people when I was younger. The older I get, the more I regret that.

  2. Thanks for reading and commenting Explore....of course we can't dwell in regret....

  3. Good read! I find myself thinking about the coulda, woulda, shoulda's way too often. I need to work on putting them behind me and moving on!

    So what is in the way of pursuing a journalism degree now?