Many people say that they don’t regret anything in their lives because that’s what has brought them to the place they are right now. However, I think that instead we should be grateful for every experience, for our mistakes, and even for the things that we feel ashamed of because all those experiences build our character and all of those experiences have created the person we currently are. However, I cannot agree with the idea of not regretting certain things.
Actually, I regret MANY things in my life, not because they didn’t help me grow or become the person I am today, but because I am no longer a person that would do certain things. I think that regret is something important in life. The way I see it is that regret is the equivalent of growth, because it requires self-evaluation and as a result we learn from our mistakes and mature. There are things that I have done that I’m not proud of, things that I feel ashamed of, people I have hurt or allowed to hurt me, and things that I didn’t try on doing because of my fears and insecurities.
Regretting is not something bad! It is growth!
When you evaluate yourself and realize that there are things that don’t align with the person you currently are, then that is equivalent to self-improvement and therefore…growth. But if we go through life thinking that regret is something bad, then we are actually missing the point; we will be blocking the learning behind those things we regret.
When we evaluate our lives and who we have become, we need to be grateful for everything we have lived and done, but not feeling regretful of certain things makes us cynical. Nobody is perfect and saying that you don’t regret anything means you think you are perfect. There’s no growth in perfection.
I encourage you to evaluate every experience in your life and look for the growth. Embrace any regret and be grateful for the realization that you are no longer the person you used to be. Embrace the new you. Embrace your growth. Empower yourself by learning from those moments in life. You are in a new place right now in your life, and that is because of your regrets and your learning experience.