There are always regrets in life – missed opportunities that weigh heavily on us the more we think about them. I’ve had my share of regrets, whether those regrets have been caused by my actions or perpetrated by my inaction. There is always a tremendous sense of “what if” at the core of our regrets and that is a force field that is better left unexplored.
I was recently presented with an opportunity that I did not want to regret not pursuing. I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption and that exploration resulted in me giving notice at my current job and looking forward to venturing off on a new path. I have never been unhappy at my current job but the winds of change ruffled my hair and made me think about what life would be like in a new place. That thought was a bit intoxicating.
After weighing the regret of leaving my current job and the many co-workers I have come to think of as family against the opportunity for growth and forward movement with a new team of people, I took a deep breath and chose to follow those winds of change. That gust of wind caught my sails and propelled me in a direction that I could never have foreseen.
It is a daunting feeling closing the chapter on a life that is so familiar and ingrained in my day-to-day life. The people who I have come to lean and rely on will no longer be in my daily routine but I can only trust that I made the right decision for myself and know that I am following a trajectory I was meant to follow.
Life is too short to have too many regrets and this is one I did not want to have. I’m happy to be embarking on a new journey and encountering a new set of challenges and learning experiences. From the excitement I feel, I know I will not regret making the change and opening my life to a new realm of possibilities.
Have you ever missed an opportunity that you regret?