By the time we reach our 60s, most of us have regrets. This is a natural part of life. Some of us regret the way that a certain relationship ended. Others wish that we had stayed in closer contact with our friends or family. Still others wonder whether we should have taken a different path in our career.
This is something that I have personally struggled with for most of my life. It seems like my brain is wired to replay my perceived mistakes. Do you sometimes feel the same?
Learning from your mistakes is one thing, but, obsessing about them is another thing altogether! The problem with constantly thinking about the past is that it prevents you from getting the most from life in the present and planning for the future.
This reminds me of a quote that I once read. “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” I love this simple wisdom.
Of course, most of us understand that we shouldn’t get stuck in the past. The difficult thing is actually doing this. But, even if it is hard to truly live in the present, it’s worth a try!
What are your thoughts on this? Let’s get a discussion started!
What have you learned from your mistakes? What do you want to accomplish in the next chapter of your life? What steps are you taking to make this a reality? Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.