This is one of those classic questions, almost on par with “If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?” or “If money were no object, what would you do with your life?” It’s one of those questions everyone is asked at some point, but I think some people think about it more than others. Here it is:
If you could do over one thing that you have done or said in the past, what would it be and why?
My initial, somewhat sarcastic response to this is, “What? Just ONE thing?” But I think that I think that’s what I’m supposed to say. Really and truly, I aim to live with no regrets, and part of that means living from here on out so that I won’t have any regrets, but the other part is not regretting anything I’ve done in the past.
Everything I’ve said and done and everything that’s been said and done to me have served in part to shape me into who I am now. And let’s be honest, I like who I am. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t put it up on the internet every day. So even though there are painful parts of my past, and even though I’ve done stupid things, without them all, I wouldn’t have learned valuable lessons that I can carry with me from this point forward.
But I’ll be honest. There have been a few boys I wish I’d kissed, a lot of money I wish I’d saved, and several unfortunate haircuts. So here are a few tips on how to live a life without regrets:
- When considering a hair style, think about how it’ll look on your head for real, and not just how you’d like to imagine it looking in your imagination where you have that actor/actress/hair model’s hair and not your own.
- When considering a hair style, think about what you’ll think when you look at pictures of it in 15 years. Will it just be a sign of the times, or will you think, “WHO ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN?????”
- If you’re going to spend more than $200, do your research, and get someone else to help you.
- Be honest.
- Be straightforward.
- Don’t kiss all the boys (or girls) you feel like kissing. Just because you feel like doing something, that doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea.
- Eat your veggies.
- Take risks.
- Have regular adventures.
- Have spontaneous adventures.
- Ask questions.
- Do what you love, no matter the cost.
- Be about something bigger than just your life.
- Hold a baby every chance you get.
- Hug the people you love. Full frontal hugs.
- Sing in the car.
- Write down good memories so you don’t forget them.
- Do unexpected things.
- Surround yourself with people who make you laugh.
- Savor every bite.
- View every experience as an educational one.
And here’s the open question:
What are your tips for living without regret?