Day Five: Six things you wish you could change or you wish you’d never done.
Okay, y’all, I got a little sad writing this one. And none of my regrets are really big things. But still….
1) I wish I had taken better advantage of my time in college, that I would have wrung every single memory and opportunity from those 3 ½ years. I loved college, but I wish I’d have lived a little more. It would have helped if I had realized the advantages of alcohol a little earlier in life, or if my dad hadn’t rushed me into taking extra classes to graduate early or if I’d been like my sister and not worked as hard in school and demanded things that I wanted so that my parents would have given me a little more money. But, I met a marvelous man and made some lifelong friends, so there’s not too much to complain about there.
2) I wish I had known that you don’t have to jump right into a career. We have our whole lives to work and don’t have to be so eager to leap right into it. I wish I’d saved some money and had some adventures, or even gone to grad school, instead of being so eager to get started in the working world. It’s not that great. 😉
3) I wish I had taken time to study abroad. Even if I’d have to take out a loan or something like that, it would have been an unforgettable experience. My best friend spent a semester in the Netherlands, and we would have had so much fun if we’d been there together. I’m going to make sure that my children have the option to do this one day. If any of you have great study abroad stories, I want to hear them and live vicariously through you.
4) I wish one of my roommates hadn’t stolen the necklace my parents gave me for high school graduation. It was beautiful and it meant a lot to me. I still start tearing up when I think about it. It couldn’t have meant anything to her; she probably sold it for far less than it was worth. But it was really special to me and I still think about it often and wish I could turn back time to get it back.
5) I wish I hadn’t gone alone to look for my wedding dress. At the time, I lived near no one. My parents and sisters were far away. I had just moved to a new city and didn’t have any friends there yet. I had a boss from hades, no available vacation time, and the boss wouldn’t let me work for comp time, so I went on weekdays to try on dresses at lunch and right after work. When I went with my friend H to look at dresses recently for her upcoming wedding, I got teary-eyed, not just because she was so pretty but because I was so sad that I missed the entire experience with people I loved.
6) I wish I hadn’t realized about five minutes ago that I’ve missed three days of birth control pills in a row. Eeeeeek!