Je ne re­grette rien

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra got it right. The French cabaret singer didn’t re­gret any­thing about her or her coun­try’s past and Ol’ Blue Eyes only had a few – but too few to men­tion. So I’ve fol­lowed their lyri­cal ex­am­ple and have al­ways lived my life re­fus­ing to have re­grets.

There are things that if I could go back in time I would do dif­fer­ently, of course, and there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties I’d now grab whole­heart­edly, but how can I re­gret them now? If I’d have re­ally wanted to do some­thing – such as tak­ing a gap year or study­ing in Amer­ica, like lots of my friends at the time – I would have found a way to do it. I made my de­ci­sions based on the cir­cum­stances at the time, so why dwell on the ‘what ifs’ now?

Ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts in our fas­ci­nat­ing piece on page 42 on how to re­gret-proof your life, hang­ing on to re­grets can hold you back and make you ill. Of­ten peo­ple let their re­grets fes­ter un­til they are so bit­ter they’re con­sumed with self-lim­it­ing be­liefs. In­stead, we need to look into the past to learn how to make bet­ter choices now and in the fu­ture.

I didn’t take that gap year when I was young as I didn’t have any money and needed to go straight to col­lege so I could get my schol­ar­ship to sur­vive. Now, in­stead of re­gret­ting it, I save ev­ery year to travel the world with my fam­ily. Let me know how you get on re­gret-proof­ing your life. Un­til next week,

KarenPasquali Jones, Edi­tor

kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

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