I came across a group of writers who join each week to post an entry for Five Minute Friday and thought I would give it a go. My first week is here, it was a tough one – regret. There are so many things that you think about with this simple word. Here are my five minutes worth.
Regret, such a sad word. It makes me sad when I hear people express their regrets. An older person who regrets the things they have never done. The younger person who regrets the silly things they have done (the unfortunate tattoo they let themselves get talked into by a friend or getting drunk and sharing on social media.)
I have a family member who is nearing her 100th birthday. Does she have regrets? Yes, many. These may not be the type of regret we think of, hurting a person’s feelings, being mean to someone, or not living her life in a Christian manner. No, this is a good person who regrets not doing things in her life before her health intervened and she didn’t have the chance to.
Some of her regrets? Not traveling to visit family, including her sisters, before it was too late. Not visiting Walt Disney World with her grandchildren again (she went once with her son’s family when her first grandchild was an infant and dreamed of going again with the rest of them.) Not taking this trip with her husband before he passed. It always seemed to be something that they would do later. Perhaps they would need the money they had saved for something else. Maybe they should wait a bit.
We all make choices in our lives and try to make the best ones but we need to keep in mind our spiritual health. Our mental well-being. To understand these choices don’t make us selfish, they are experiences we will share with our family and memories (rather than regrets) we will leave them with when we are gone.