Regret might be one of the least desirable emotions to have because when it surfaces we have almost no answer to it.
It’s in the past. It’s over.
We can’t fix it or go back and that’s why it hurts so much.
However, what we have to remember is that we had the chance to make the “correct” choice at that specific time. It’s easy to use hindsight to think we got it wrong but we have to remember the person we were when the decision was made.
Were they ready to make the choice that we now regret?
Were they prepared?
Did they have the courage to think differently?
It’s useless to regret decisions from the past because the person looking back is much wiser, lived, and weathered than the one that made the decision back then. They have more information now which gives them a skewed perspective on it all. Of course, we would change it if it didn’t appear to work out in our favor.
What’s more important is that the person we are today uses our past experiences to recognize new opportunities when they surface and then makes the best decision possible for their life with the information they have available to them at the time.
This way, as the years pass, there can’t be any regret because we acted in the best way we could’ve when we were called to make the tough decision.