I love this quote by George Eliot:
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
As we get older, regret starts becoming a more frequent emotion. And although we sometimes regret things we have done, it is more those things we have not done that we regret the most (yes, there have been studies that show this is true).
What might you have been? A scholar? A hero? A concert pianist?
What might you have done? Gotten a university diploma? Traveled around the world? Given more to charity?
Whatever it is, it is never too late to be that person, to do what you wish you had done — to live that dream. That is the purpose of regret. My mother went back to school and earned a university degree – graduating with my youngest brother!
Go out and live that dream now, because regrets of the past are useless if they don’t propel you to a better future.