Of Mistakes and Regrets

Learn From Them

Of Mistakes and Regrets
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Recently, I found myself pondering about the choices I made to get me where I am today. There were definitely a whole lot of great choices that led to this moment here, the highs. But then there were quite a few mistakes in the journey too.

Just like with great power comes great responsibility, with great mistakes come great regrets. It is human nature after all to regret a mistake, to think about "what if?" situations, to see how past events would have unfolded, if one had not erred. We get caught up in our minds wondering about the different paths we could have taken, questioning the outcomes that could have been.

"To err is human, to forgive is divine."

So, won't it be true divinity, if one can forgive oneself for mistakes made and move on? Learn from one's mistakes so that one can become a better person. To get hung up on the slips of the past is to lose oneself in a maze of impossibilities, because one can never change the past. We can only seek to repair it by building a better future.

"Make mistakes, but don't regret them. Learn from them. Because regrets are the hardest thing to carry when you grow older."

Dwelling on regrets can become a burden, preventing us from moving forward and embracing the opportunities that lie ahead. It just adds to all the baggage that we carry as we move through our life.

I think we should look at mistakes as an opportunity to trigger reflection. We can use this moment to pause and evaluate our actions and delve deeper into understanding what led to it all in the first place. Instead of dwelling on the mistake itself, we can shift our perspective and view it as a valuable learning experience.

Every disturbance is an opportunity to grow. It is through navigating and overcoming these challenges that we gain valuable insights and become better equipped to handle similar situations in the future.

It is hard, I understand, to bring about this shift in perspective. It is not something that can be achieved overnight. But little by little, as we work on bringing that shift, we will find the burden reduce. We will learn to evolve and grow and become the best versions of ourselves.

I leave you with the words of Kratos, the God of War:

God of War

Do not be sorry. Be better.