Sometimes things happen around us and we wonder about our own life. It is strange that many do not think too much about their past when things are going great. I guess it is natural to be in the present and to think only of the future.
In general, I think a lot about the past and all the things that have happened. I believe that it is therapeutic. Sometimes talking about it with another person (that you trust) can help tremendously. Reliving old wounds needn't always be painful.
This happened to me.
While sharing with a wonderful friend about the ghosts of my past and even some skeletons in the closet, I realised that they no longer hurt or bother me as they once did. Bringing it up made me realise that I was no longer a prisoner of those feelings. I had risen above them all. Literally, they had no more hold on me.
How far I have come since then? The things that hurt me then didn't really do me any harm. On the contrary, they made me stronger. The people who claimed to love me then weren't always genuine but I got over it. Time always has a way of showing the true nature of everything and everyone.
Twenty years. It is a long time!
Thankfully, I was very young when I found and pondered over this quotation. I admit that because of it I have often thrown caution to the wind and said, "oh, what the heck!".
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
No regrets now. Everything has worked out much better that I could have planned or imagined. Right this moment, I am feeling very blessed.