How many “do-overs” do you have in your life?
How many of us would choose a “do-over” if the Genie got out of the bottle?
Incredibly lucky, I seemed to have gotten the right life partner right out of the chute–luck–and guidance from above–as I really wasn’t that smart. I met him when I was 17 and only knew what I didn’t want. My first and best decision.
However, when I think of do-overs, mine would be incredibly miniscule compared to the big picture. And mine would mainly have to do with money. Growing up in poverty, I learned to be very careful with money early and, for the most part, guided our family budget. That isn’t to say my hubby didn’t make some of his own grand decisions, leading to several extremely poor financial choices. Do-Over–don’t give away the store!
So I thought in the do-over world, money might be right up there at the top. I was wrong. It goes much deeper.
What about completely changing your destiny?* Wait to get married. Finish school. Choose a different career. We are certainly not the first to want a second chance–the chance to do it “right.” How many books have been written about the subject? Too numerous to count. One of the final works by Jane Austen, “Persuasion,” might be an excellent example.
A quick look into a short poll regarding regrets (not necessarily in order):
- Too shy about taking risks (squandering opportunity).
- Not having married the right person.
- Not having children.
- Not keeping your mouth shut about something.
- Drugs and/or alcohol.
And the good news about several regrets–some things are never too late to change:
- Education–go back to school.
- Leaving the downers–you’ve heard the song, “Don’t Bring Me Down”
- Standing up for yourself.
We all need and deserve a second chance, a do-over, from time to time.
*When further asked if the do-over would change who they are–would they still do-over? The answer was no.