Live Life With No Regrets

Haley - Monona, Iowa
Entered on February 5, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: setbacks

I thought I wouldn’t ever get over it. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to get that night out of my mind. I couldn’t get over the fact that I let myself, my parents, my teachers, and my friends down. In my mind, I had failed. At just the age of thirteen, I had given into peer pressure and made a stupid mistake. A negative mistake that would affect my life forever.

I believe that you shouldn’t hold any grudges or have any regrets. In my eyes, I believe that looking past your problems will resolve everything. I think that being optimistic is the key to life.  With my mistake, it slowed my life down. I wasn’t the same. Then one day I woke up and asked myself, why? Why was I letting something that happened to me long ago affect me now? Why was I holding this against myself? No one was holding it against me and judging me by it, yet, I still brought myself down with it everyday. Why? The answers to those questions are still complicated to me. Although everyone had forgiven me and moved on, something was still holding me back. I realized I didn’t have any respect for myself. I was the only obstacle standing in my way, holding myself back, and keeping me from moving on. 

Looking back now, eight months later, this experience has changed my life in many ways. There hasn’t been a day that has went by that that day hasn’t crossed my mind. It has made me the person I am today. I’ve gotten over my mistake and today I have learned many valuable lessons from it. We have the option to make a choice for a reason. Without options life would be boring. When would you learn what’s good and bad? Everything happens for a reason. Every step you take, negative or positive, helps form your personality. You will fall in life. Each fall will help you realize something though. Falling will help you not fall again. Mistakes are sure to happen, but don’t make the same mistake more than once. Learn from your mistakes and you will succeed. 

Thinking about what I’ve done, used to bring me to tears. Being fourteen years old now, when I think about it, I smile. I smile because of every lesson I have gained. This experience has developed my personality.  I no longer have regrets. I no longer accept failure. To me, you can’t fail unless you let yourself fail. I’ve learned through trial and error. I now respect myself. I haven’t made the same mistake again. I’ve now accepted myself. I live my life the way I want to and nothing gets in my way. You have to be optimistic and take the good with the bad. You only get one life. Many opportunities, but a limited amount of time, so don’t waste it regretting something. Struggles make us stronger. I believe there are no regrets in life, just lessons. Live Life With No Regrets

I thought I wouldn’t ever get over it. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to get that night out of my mind. I couldn’t get over the fact that I let myself, my parents, my teachers, and my friends down. In my mind, I had failed. At just the age of thirteen, I had given into peer pressure and made a stupid mistake. A negative mistake that would affect my life forever.

I believe that you shouldn’t hold any grudges or have any regrets. In my eyes, I believe that looking past your problems will resolve everything. I think that being optimistic is the key to life.  With my mistake, it slowed my life down. I wasn’t the same. Then one day I woke up and asked myself, why? Why was I letting something that happened to me long ago affect me now? Why was I holding this against myself? No one was holding it against me and judging me by it, yet, I still brought myself down with it everyday. Why? The answers to those questions are still complicated to me. Although everyone had forgiven me and moved on, something was still holding me back. I realized I didn’t have any respect for myself. I was the only obstacle standing in my way, holding myself back, and keeping me from moving on. 

Looking back now, eight months later, this experience has changed my life in many ways. There hasn’t been a day that has went by that that day hasn’t crossed my mind. It has made me the person I am today. I’ve gotten over my mistake and today I have learned many valuable lessons from it. We have the option to make a choice for a reason. Without options life would be boring. When would you learn what’s good and bad? Everything happens for a reason. Every step you take, negative or positive, helps form your personality. You will fall in life. Each fall will help you realize something though. Falling will help you not fall again. Mistakes are sure to happen, but don’t make the same mistake more than once. Learn from your mistakes and you will succeed. 

Thinking about what I’ve done, used to bring me to tears. Being fourteen years old now, when I think about it, I smile. I smile because of every lesson I have gained. This experience has developed my personality.  I no longer have regrets. I no longer accept failure. To me, you can’t fail unless you let yourself fail. I’ve learned through trial and error. I now respect myself. I haven’t made the same mistake again. I’ve now accepted myself. I live my life the way I want to and nothing gets in my way. You have to be optimistic and take the good with the bad. You only get one life. Many opportunities, but a limited amount of time, so don’t waste it regretting something. Struggles make us stronger. I believe there are no regrets in life, just lessons.