Ted Talk: “Don’t Regret Regret”

Photo by Jason Hickey

The point isn’t to live without any regrets, the point is to not hate ourselves for having them. We need to learn to love the flawed, imperfect things we create and to forgive ourselves for creating them. – Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker


Well said, Kathryn Schulz. Well said.

It’s true that there’s nothing worse than the painful sting of regret but it can be far worse if you make it your mission in life to never have any regrets at all. 

In a way, it’s like that saying about how anything you resist persists; you end up having to put in a lot more effort into resisting than dealing with what just is.

One of my biggest issues is regretting the things that I was never able to do in my life. I constantly struggle with feeling unfulfilled and not well-rounded as a person because of it.

Maybe that’s why Kathryn’s Ted Talk resonated with me so much. Her words inspire me to not beat myself up over everything I missed out on but to accept it and just focus on doing the best I can from here on out. It’s not an easy process but I’m giving it my best shot.

In the meantime, check out Kathryn’s talk below, it’s brilliant.


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