Sunday, October 2, 2011

Regrets

I am not one of those people who lives with out regrets, are you?
Those people who say they don't, well I admire them.
I have done some stupid things in my life, as well as some smart ones, but I still have regrets.
My biggest regret is that I never moved to Paris, which we all know is a place I long for.
Here is what I did:

I graduated college in December and I did not have job. I moved home, lived with my parents, job searched, saved some money, applied to grad school, and worked as a substitute teacher. I was accepted into grad school, and would start the following August. 8 months at home. While at home I worked out a ton, hung out with my parents, shopped at Target entirely to much, and probably annoyed my mom and dad enough for them to be thankful that I was their last child. To this day, I swear I hear anxiety in my moms voice when I tell her I am coming home for more than a week at a time. Apparently, they are concerned that I will try to change their eating habits, and throw away all their crap, and live a more minimalist lifestyle. What, you wouldn't like that? As we know, I am always right, as is my mother.

Here is what I should have done:
I wish I would have moved home and had a huge garage sale. Just put all my junk out in the driveway and sold everything that people would have purchased. I should have taken that money, pocketed it, and work like a dog in about 18 different jobs.
I should have saved all of that money. Once I had enough funds, I should have booked a one way plane ticket and short term apartment and moved to Paris for as long as I could afford it.
I should have spent that time eating, reading, and exploring the city. Taking it all in and just live the life of the ex-pat.

That is my biggest regret. I should have taken the chance, and ran with it.

What is your biggest regret?

5 comments:

Denise said...

why the tough questions on a Sunday morning? j/k.

My biggest regrets are probably poor financial decisions - the last one in 2008 buying a new van that totally was not needed!!

I also would have loved to travel before having kids.

~Carla~ said...

The only 2 big regrets I have are not seeing my MIL & Grandfather nearly enough before they passed away. :( I'd give just about anything for more time....

Michelle P said...

My biggest regret is not taking off school for the 6 months before my dad passed. I didn't think it was actually going to happen, so I continued going to school. I didn't live far away, but I regret not taking off and moving back home.

Rochelle said...

Hmmmm....what a powerful question!
I have a million regrets. But I am now trying not to focus on what I shoulda done. We all make mistakes and hopefully can learn from them- though some are more permanent as when someone dies and you don't get a second chance. I used to beat myself up for things I did or did not do and it really put me in such depression. There are some regrets that I can change-finances, travel, way I treat my family/friends and so I work on that. You can always go to Paris. It may not be the same as what you wished you had done, but hey it may be even better. You have someone you can share it with now!!

Heather said...

I have to echo denise, financial choices after I got married. I had done so well until I got married...and then it was all thrown out the window. I think I felt like I deserved the world, and maybe I did, but I could have done with a little less! And now I have two littles, and am trying to convince the hubs to move into a yurt :-) If that large financial monkey would get off my back...that would be nice :-)