Often times we think of regret as something we can get over, but it’s hard. If you lack mindfulness, and tend to ruminate instead, you are more likely to fall into a regretting trap. You may find yourself consumed by whatever it is that you regret when really, if you break it down, it doesn’t make much sense to spend your time filled with regret. Sometimes we don’t have control over what we regret, other times we can find some type of resolution, however, either way, I find regret a sad form of rumination that can result in being in a stagnant state of mind.
Here are some things, big and small, that I personally regret:
- I regret not spending more time with my Father before he passed – That one I gotta let go.
- I regret buying that pint of ice cream – Probably wouldn’t be such a big regret if I didn’t eat most of it in the middle of the night.
- I regret how things ended with my ex – And what I’ll really regret is if I try to contact him and discover that I’m blocked.
- I regret not paying attention during my Ergonomics training – I have a strange slight pain in my arm that has something to do with the way I type (I think) so now I have to have an Ergonomics expert watch me type.
- I regret not having a no shoe policy in my place at the get go when I first moved in – I can implement that now. Better late then never.
- I regret downloading the Bank of America App – Why does everyone want everyone to go paperless? I want a hard copy of my bill so will delete the App and call the bank to ensure I continue to get mail like a regular person.
- I regret signing up for a dozen delivery companies – Uber Eats, Door Dash, 24/7. There are so many delivery places with different delivery charges that it’s too much so next time I’ll stop being lazy and pick up my own food.
- I regret watching an old episode of Friends cause now I’m watching show after show after show all of which I have already seen – Maybe I need to get rid of my Netflix account.
- I regret using a home waxing kit to wax my eyebrows – My skin literally came off and now I look kinda scary but time will heal the wounds.
- I regret buying pot – If you can’t control how much weed you smoke then don’t buy it.
- I regret looking up people I knew from college online – Ok, so all your old teammates are married and you’re not. Next time I’ll know better to Google people.
- I regret cancelling my dentist appointment – It takes weeks to get an appointment so next time schedule it and keep it.
Some decisions we make we can change, others not so much but, at the end of the day, regretting can be a waste of your time. The only regret worth regretting is to regret that you’re regretting!