No Regrets

1 Feb

Recently, I saw a question on Quora about what people in their 30s, 40s, and older regret when they look back on their lives. I find this a very interesting and important question, especially for someone like me who is teetering on the edge of her 30s.

When I was younger, I was so scared to have regrets when I got older that I made only “safe” decisions so that I wouldn’t regret doing something stupid. For instance, I didn’t want to take a chance with a career I was passionate about in case I never was successful at it. I chose a career that ensured success as long as I worked really hard. There was a little bit of luck involved, but mostly I had control over my success.

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This decision-making process obviously shows an extreme amount of naivety. I was so focused on not making a bad decision that I would regret that I never thought about what it would feel like to regret the things I didn’t do, the chances I didn’t take.

Luckily, I finally realized that was the wrong way to approach life, and I left the “safe” life I had chosen for myself for one that is much riskier but that has the opportunity to give me much greater rewards and happiness.

Will I regret this decision in my 30s, 40s, and beyond?

Absolutely not.

I may crash and burn. I may never be successful at what I really want to do. I may never be rich.

But I will never regret taking the risky road for the chance to experience something great.

Because in my opinion, it is much worse to regret not taking a road that could have been great than regretting taking that road just because it didn’t turn out as amazing as you wanted.


5 Responses to “No Regrets”

  1. Courtney Timm February 4, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    Love this post Carly! And couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve really enjoyed following you on your “no regrets” journey and can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next! (I’ll be in Turkey in May if you find yourself there…) :)

    • Carly Larson February 4, 2012 at 2:41 am #

      Thanks Courtney! I just might be near Turkey in May, I will definitely let you know. Would love to see you!

  2. Travel Spirit February 4, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    This is so coincidental…I just put a post up an hour ago about the same topic! I think the Universe is speaking to me!

    • Carly Larson February 4, 2012 at 2:40 am #

      Sherry, I just read your post – so inspirational! I think the universe is definitely trying to tell you something!


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