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I'd Rather Regret the Things I've Done Than Regret the Things I Haven't Done - Lucille Ball

I’d Rather Regret the Things I’ve Done Than Regret the Things I Haven’t Done – Lucille Ball

We all do things every now and then that we end up regretting later on. It can be a job we took or a road we traveled, relationships we went through, or choices we made. We all make mistakes and that’s part of life and part of our learning. But what’s more important is that we understand what really is a mistake and what isn’t.

Anything that you, at the time of doing it, wanted to do is not a mistake. Anything that once made complete sense or made you feel good is not a mistake. Anything that you’ve done or been through that taught you something is not a mistake.

Sure, we can regret these things if they caused us pain or agony or embarrassment, and we can wish that things had turned out differently. But there’s something beautiful in regretting something you once did. Do you know what that is?

It is the fact that you actually did it.

You went for it, you took the leap and you tried. Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way we thought, and we might end up wishing it never happened. But that experience taught you something, I’m sure, and for that reason it is invaluable. Much more so than to not have done it at all.

We can never win anything if we just sit around, not doing things. We have to get out there and take a chance, even if it means we’ll regret it later. At least you can say you tried, and you won’t have to wonder for the rest of your life what could have happened.

I’d Rather Regret the Things I’ve Done Than Regret the Things I Haven’t Done – Lucille Ball
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For years, I have lived by the rule that nothing is too big or too scary to do; anything that anyone else can do, I can do, too. And now, since about a year back, I have decided to make it my life mission to make you understand your abilities and your strengths, to help you live the life you've always dreamed of. It's time we take over that steering wheel of life! It's time we start living our lives and not just waiting for "other stuff" to happen! Join me in my journey, and please, share yours with me over at www.johannarosberg.wordpress.com

5 comments

  1. I always say “I regret the things I don’t do.” I don’t want to look back later and think, “man, I wish I did that.” But on the other hand, some things I’m totally content not doing, like sky diving. And some things that’s caused me embarassament, like a violin concert when I was young (my first and last), don’t think I really regret ever taking up the violin. Thoughtful post!

  2. “But that experience taught you something, I’m sure, and for that reason it is invaluable. Much more so than to not have done it at all.” What a great reminder, Johanna! Thank you!

  3. Even I’ve done a lot of stupid things which I regret now. But they were beautiful. They taught me a number of lessons. Actually, I don’t regret. I experienced those things. Humans tend to regret the things that didn’t give them any values. Humans don’t regret mistakes which taught them something. They regret which didn’t. The best thing is, there is no mistake which doesn’t teach anything. No regrets.
    I liked your thoughts. Live well.

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