The holidays are a time to reflect back on the year, on all the happiness and struggles. In all that reflection, it can be easy to get caught up in the things we didn’t do, or would have done differently.
It can be so easy to get caught up in those feelings of regret. But instead of dwelling on those things that you should or shouldn’t have done, instead widen your view a little bit. What choices did you make as a result of that feeling of regret?
Perhaps when you were younger, you didn’t dive off the high diving board because you were scared. Because of the regret you felt that day from not having done what you wanted out of fear, maybe the next time you were faced with a chance to try something new and a little bit scary, you chose to take the leap that time. And then the time after that, you took an even further step, and then a further step, and now you jump out of plans for fun.
We often think of regret as a negative thing when in reality, regret can be a catalyst for positive change in our lives. Instead of seeing regret as the one time you didn’t do something you wanted, focus on all the choices you made after that moment that led you to exciting and different experiences in your life. So, move past your regret and see the beauty of everything you embraced in spite of that single regretful moment.