In the course of our lives, it is impossible to say that we don’t even have one regret – and it’s perfectly normal to admit it! Regrets are the choices we didn’t make, or the paths we didn’t follow. They are the what-ifs and could-have-beens that we think we’ll never be able to correct, or revisit.
However, have you ever wondered if regrets also have their own scale of intensity, or if there is such a thing as a common regret? You’d be surprised.
Not surprisingly, in a global culture where obesity, lack of exercise, and vices are taking their toll on whole generations, one big regret is not keeping healthy. We’re not just talking here about people who became sick because of their unhealthy lifestyles, because even people who were able to go back to a healthy lifestyle regretted having an unhealthy lifestyle in the first place.
As a major regret, this one can actually be reversed – if the person is willing to put in the time to be more fit. After all, it’s been proven that staying fit is definitely cheaper than having to pay all the medical bills later on.
TAKING THE JOB FOR THE MONEY
It used to be that this particular regret was common for older people, but as the financial crunch is becoming commonplace for younger people, the need to take a job for the money is becoming a regret as they grow into their thirties. Still, this is one regret that is unavoidable, and the only recourse would be to work hard on the job you don’t like, so that later on, you can finally go into the line of work that you really do like. And even if you fail, at least you’ll know that you tried.
NOT BEING WHO THEY REALLY ARE
Now, this is a bit sticky when it comes as a regret. People always have ways of coping with others in a social manner, and many factors come into play. Be it sexual preference, artistic inclinations, or even a love for “lower jobs,” many people do keep secrets that they regret hiding later on in life. Of all the regrets, this one really does have a sell-by date when it comes to reversing. That’s because some things are best pursued while still young. Sometimes, the only measure of mitigating the regret is to admit it while you’re still able to.
DISTANCE FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS
There is nothing more painful than the unsaid, or the fact that you weren’t able to show more affection to loved ones and friends. Many older people see this as their biggest regret, in the sense that they know they should have said all their feelings to the other before it became impossible to say it.
So, for those who are even now harboring regrets – as long as you are still alive, you can do something about almost any regret. You might say it’s time to make a reversed bucket list, and empty as many of the regrets from that bucket as possible.