Regrets and Moving Forward

“Life is too short to live with regrets.” I’m sure I’m not the first one to have heard too many motivational quotes on living without regret. Unfortunately, it’s just something that we all feel and experience – bad choices, missed opportunities, unfortunate decisions, uncomfortable situations, time dedicated to things that weren’t worth it and to people who didn’t stay. In a time of our lives where much is focused on the studying we do daily and the career we strive to someday have, regrets happen during the undergraduate journey too.

In high school, I knew what I liked and didn’t like; I was sure of the subjects that I didn’t want to ever take again and those that I definitely did. In retrospect, I had passions that I believed could flourish into something more. I just didn’t know what to do, and in all honesty, I didn’t think I was even capable of it, whatever it may be. So, I applied to something else, hoping I would find my inner calling down the road, if I got lucky. That was my first regret: not immediately applying to something I knew I was interested in from the get-go.

Though I did end up changing the focus of my studies so that it was something I felt more strongly about, something still seemed to be missing, and I knew in the back of my mind that I would feel more satisfied if I transferred faculties or swapped minors. This felt intimidating and so the possibility of redirecting my studies was put on the back-burner. I spent another year meeting program requirements before finally coming back to the idea and deciding to at least try. This was my second regret: doubting myself and losing time in the process of it.

Two years after the start of university, I’m working toward something else, knowing that it’ll probably take me five years to get to a destination that might only take another student three, primarily because I didn’t immediately start in a field that I was passionate about. The truth is, this is the case for plenty of other students. And this is just the start. There will be many more regrets down the line. The thing is, they’re not really regrets – getting to a point in your education where you’re really content with your decisions and positive that this is for you, is a learning process. Use these regrets to discover your path and move past them. Doors will open to you if you let them!

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3 responses to “Regrets and Moving Forward”

  1. Bernard Wauquier says:

    Il ne faut pas se décourager, il y a toujours un chemin à prendre, avoir un but c’est déjà en avoir fait un bout, et peut-être le plus difficile.

  2. Bernard Wauquier says:

    Il faut toujours aller de l’avant, c’est pour demain que l’on travaille, et c’est aussi toujours pour quelqu’un.

  3. Annick Wauquier says:

    In life, the best thing to do is to stay strong despite obstacles and to keep going forward whatever others can say.So hold on.

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