“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.”
― John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller - Pamphlet
It is human nature perhaps, to think about those alternate realities that might have come from different decisions or different dispositions.
If only I was braver.
If only I was more decisive.
If only I didn’t have something holding me back.
If only I knew what I knew now.
If only I had fought harder for it.
If only I could speak to her again one last time.
If only I realized what it all meant.
While unavoidable, best not to linger in these alternate worlds too long. Regret is a trap that takes us away from the present. Learn what we can from our mistakes, and move on.