When I graduated from high school I distinctly remember thinking to myself that in 2001 I will be the same age as my parents. Now it is ten years later, and I don’t feel as old as I thought I would. I guess that is natural.
I think it is important for everyone to remember that when you talk to an old person you are also talking to a young person trapped inside an old body. I would like to think that I have always known this, but that would be untrue. Like most truly important knowledge, it generally comes too late to be useful.
Sometimes I find myself reflecting upon a time in my life where I really screwed up. These screw-ups usually occurred when I was in my teens or early twenties when I was doing something stupid or reacting in a way that made things worse. Most of these issues could easily be solved with a time machine. With my old guy knowledge I could have kicked some serious ass. But then again I would be a different person. Would I like who I would become?
In a world with out time machines these are called regrets. I have some regrets, everyone does. They don’t seem to serve any purpose other than clutter up my mind when I really want to sleep but can’t.
I wonder what the opposite of regret is. I looked it up; the web says that the opposite of regret is contentment. Does anyone lie in bed and get a sudden pang of contentment? I guess there must many more people who have regrets than are contented. Otherwise there would be a better word for the opposite of regret.
I really try hard to avoid regrets. I generally do not succeed. Maybe the opposite could simply called grets. Then you wouldn’t have to do them over again.
I think my New Years resolution will be to try to live each day with the goal of not adding to my store of regrets. I have enough, I don’t want any more. Is there a way to get the re removed? Then I would just have a bunch of grets.
I hope I don’t regret posting this.