Wish I Could…
September 8, 2020
Ariella Jacobs

Regret is a feeling everyone experiences throughout their lives. One wishes s/he could ave traveled more, one wished they had chosen a different path in life, etc. The point is: we all have regrets. Some are small and not important, while others are crucial and life-changing. While some are fixable and could be altered, others are unachievable and impossible to change. The question is, how do we recover from the latter, and can we accept that some things cannot be changed?

I have collected many regrets throughout my life, and I am sure there are many more to come. Of course, there were small and insignificant ones such as: taking the longer route or choosing one shirt over the other, but there were also regrets that were uneasy to bear. Like quitting a class I later wanted to attend, letting other people affect my choices and my performances, not calling my grandmother enough before she passed away. These are all regrets that I had, and still have, from my life so far, and this is not the end of the list, I am sure. As I mentioned before, our strength is measured by how we deal and grow from these regrets.

It is easy to give in to our regrets and let them consume us. To live in the past and spend every day wondering what would have happened if we would have done things differently. But what kind of life is this? We have to accept that regret is an integral part of life, and that we must learn how to live our life to the fullest while acknowledging that we won’t be fully satisfied and at peace with every decision we make. We can’t live our lives in constant regret as it will hold us back and prevent us from moving forward and from making other decisions later on. At the end of the day, our life is a series of choices, and we must accept that we won’t be fully satisfied with all of them.

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