Have you ever shouted across the chasm of time
And begged yourself to take another path?
Wondering what might have been,
Tormented by hindsight’s clarity.
Whether you walk this way or that,
Some seeds will never come to be,
Flowers will wither
And doors will close.
Some choices are made in good faith,
Others clouded with fear and desperation,
Only one path.
No going back now.
You stand at a fork in the road,
Many paths lie ahead,
Choosing one will sacrifice the others,
But choose you must.
That’s beauty of it, you see.
Each of us has a blank canvas
And a multitude of different colours.
Each person’s painting is unique,
Manifested from infinite potential,
Defined by the paints that are not used
Just as much as the ones that are.
How will you paint yours?
Most people have regrets or things in their past that they would like to change.
Unfortunately, we can’t do anything about this, but it’s an interesting concept to think about. In fact, it’s actually the premise of my first book, Pearl’s Hereafter.
After a lifetime of misery, Pearl Greenwood actually gets the chance to re-live her life and remedy her mistakes! Originally, she married the wrong man, never stood up for herself and let her hobbies fall by the wayside, but she is bestowed with the opportunity to fix things.
What would you do if you were granted this marvelous opportunity? Is there anything that you would change or put right? Any bad choices or silly mistakes? Perhaps you mistreated a loved one or didn’t seize an opportunity? Perhaps you never appreciated someone until it was too late?
Whatever your regrets, I hope that you can make peace with them. We might not all get a second chance like Pearl, but we can always find a way to make peace and move forward.
Personally, I don’t regret much and I’m hoping that it stays that way. But I’m still young, so there’s still plenty of time for error on my part! It’s scary to think that things could go tits-up at any time, though you’ve just got to roll with it and do the best that you can. We can learn from our mistakes and turbulence, so perhaps your regrets can be transmuted into valuable life lessons.
Here is an article about the most common regrets that people have on their deathbed: http://bit.ly/KsjpWI. It’s actually quite eye-opening and says a lot about humanity. At our core, we all want to be happy and have fulfilling lives, but circumstances and fear often stop us from doing this – tragically, some people never do what they want to do. So if you have dreams or goals, then I highly recommend pursuing them. It is said that we regret what we DID NOT do far more than the stuff that we DID do.