There are many inspirational things people have said, which are great mantras to live by. It doesn’t matter who said them – famous or not – if it is something that touches you, make sure it stays with you. We all need things that pick us up and remind us that life is actually wonderful. And I think that a quote is the easiest but also a very meaningful way to make that happen.
Never regret something that once made you smile.
If there is one saying that always comes back to me, it is this one. I honestly don’t know who brought it into the world, but those words are really important to me. We all have those moments, when you feel like everything you’ve done is wrong. You start questioning decisions you’ve made in the past and if things would be any different, if you had chosen another path. I say having regrets is a waste of time and it only brings you down.
Sure, things can have big or small impacts, but ultimately I ask myself, did it make me happy and would I do it again, if I had the chance? Everything I have done in life were probably not always the smartest decisions, but they made me the person I am today and they brought me to where I am. Now I may not always be fully happy with my life, but when I put it into perspective, I’m not doing so bad.
I ask myself things like what if I had partied less in high school? Would I have made better decisions and would have figured out my future earlier? If I had made better decisions with men, would I be in a happy relationship now? What if I had said goodbye to toxic friends earlier? What if I had chosen a more secure path for my future? I could go on and on with things that were probably not my greatest ideas. I will never know how things would have turned out, but what I do know is that I hardly have any regrets. I’m not perfect and my decisions most certainly never were, but they made me happy.
I may have kissed all those frogs, but I had fun doing it. I may have had bad friends, but we sure as hell had really good times. I may have chosen paths that made it pretty hard for me to find my way in life, but I learned important life lessons along the way. I may have gotten drunk too many times, but the memories of crazy party nights I never want to miss.
I can’t change the past, so it doesn’t really help to question everything. If something made me happy in the past, it was worth it. And even things that hurt were good for something – I truly believe that. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up over all the what ifs and appreciate what we have and what we have accomplished, instead.
And if you ever feel like not being able to make a decision, listen to your heart and see how it affects you. Do you see yourself smiling? Then go for it and don’t look back. As long as it doesn’t hurt others, you should do whatever you feel like doing, because otherwise, you will once regret all the things you didn’t do.