Sometimes there’s no way to tell that your decisions are going to come back to haunt you during life circumstances. You go through something and reflect on what has been and realize your perception changes.
Of course, I’ve often heard people say that they don’t waste time on regrets because there’s nothing you can do about the past. That’s true.
But I have regrets.
I don’t dwell on them, but I know for a fact that there are some situations in my life that I would have approached very differently with the after-the-fact knowledge I’ve gained from the experience.
I would listen to my instincts sooner.
I would prioritize the people and things that matter most to me.
I would made different decisions.
This is how I know that I have regrets. I can’t change these things, but I can certainly learn from them and stop ignoring the pings of my gut that all too often raise a red flag that I have erroneously ignored.
Eventually, because I know better, I will do better.