Students - read along. This is for your benefit.
The old saying goes "don't live with regrets", but that's a bit illogcial. We all have our regrets. Some big, some small. Either way - it's sometimes good to have regrets because they are something you can continuoulsy work towards. If you didn't take that job for whatever reason, you can work towards a better one. If you didn't marryyour ex-significant other - it simply wasn't meant to be. There are plenty of other people out there. If you didn't study aborad while in college, you can travel so many more places when you get older.
My Biggest Regret
The end of the first paragraph perfectly sums up my biggest regret. Not studying abroad was a huge mistake I made in my life. There were plenty of reasons I didn't study abroad: Couldn't swing it financially, had a serious girlfriend at the time, and I was deathly afraid of being away from home.
In hindsight, those are all ridiculous reasons to not study abroad. The financial thing, sure - but bills get paid. The girlfriend didn't end up working out, and comfort zone shmomfort zone. Those are stupid. Maybe deep down it was some fear of failing, some fear of not enjoying my time enough, or some fear of not totally embracing the trip itself. Either way - it didn't happen. But I plan on changing that in the future. A more adult-themed study abroad trip, and not int he way you're thinking. Sicko. Just kidding.
Regrets Are Okay in My Book
I'm going to continue to harp on this because I know you, the reader have regrets. We all do. It's human nature. You may not want to make yours as public as I am doing currently, but deep down - there is something there. Which is fine! I could name 10 things of which I am regretful right now, and I'm still okay. They're motivating, if anything. They don't wear me down. They fuel the fire.
Why Bring This Up?
Why am I bringing this up? Why open the vein? As I said in the first paragraph, regrets provide you with something to possibly work towards. In my case, I'm going to plan the most badass Eurotrip to eventually take with a long-term girlfriend, and it's going to be the trip of a lifetime. Once I take that trip, I don't feel I'll dwell on not studying abroad. This trip will mean more, I think. I'll be in a better spot financially, personally, and professionally - allowing me to better appreciate everything.
Does that sound backwards at all?
What do you think? Do you find regrets motivating, or over-bearing at times? Are things in your past that you regret fueling your inner fire to be a better person? If you'd like - sound off below!