Regret is obviously an inevitable part of life. The “what ifs” alongside the lasting effects of some decisions can haunt our minds. Films with time travel in their plots often show the main characters making different choices in order to “clean up” their timelines.
With the assumption that no time traveling machine will be readily available in the upcoming decade, pretty much everyone must deal with their own problems without having the option of going back.
Not all regret is equal. Obviously, not buying that top on sale cannot be compared to regretting a lifelong relationship full of pain. Everyone’s experiences are unique and sometimes professional help is required.
Looking back, you might wonder if those shared moments with the wrong people were even worthwhile. There were some good times, sure, but ultimately everything fell apart. Now their names bring up feelings of sorrow. A lot of regrets possibly stem from the what ifs that involve thoughts like, “what if I acted more confidently?” or “what if I confronted them?” But now it’s too late to make a difference.
Fate may provide a nearly identical situation to reappear. Maybe history just so happens to repeat at the right moment. Then you have the chance to make the right choices without any time travel involved. You probably heard somewhere that the temporary and not-so-temporary people we meet along the way help shape us. Ideally, we won’t fall for the same manipulations or make the same mistakes the second time around. The second try will likely not be perfect, but at least there’s room for improvement.
We have no choice but to accept the mistakes made along the way. The reasons for experiencing regret vary. You will never fully heal without some form of self-forgiveness. So, it’s best to leave those regrets in the past although it’s much easier said than done. Days with failures and mistakes will unfortunately appear sooner or later. Eventually the what ifs will fade away once memories are treated like a guidebook. Let the regrets go. Become a better version of yourself.