Have you ever said, “If only I knew then, what I know now…”? I know I have.
When I was 17-18 years old, if only I had known what I now know, I would not have gone down the same path. But all I can do now, is forgive myself (and others) and gain wisdom for the future.
I’m telling you this, because I want you to understand regrets do not have to sink you. You can bury yourself in regret and continue to make the same mistakes over and over again… OR you can choose to learn from those mistakes.
If you look back at those times in your life – those “half-baked” decisions or mistakes you made – you can evaluate them and figure out why you made those decisions. This presents an opportunity to actually learn a LOT! Did someone try to prepare you, or even prevent you, from making that mistake? If we are honest with ourselves, we will often find yes, someone did indeed try to warn us.
See the importance of learning a lesson from this?! When you have a tendency to dig in your heels, thinking you know it all or don’t need help or advice from anyone, you set yourself up for future regret. A lot of people think this way – especially those between the ages of 18 and 25. Unfortunately, some even carry this mindset well into their adult lives.