There are times when people have one shot at doing something and messing up often means no redemption in the future. Whether is as minor as a test, or as major as missing prom on the last occasion, or something as teeth-grindingly frustrating as losing a friend, regret is incredibly common and we should be wary of the one chance we have to set things right. Regret is easily one of the hardest things to conquer in life and the fact that it is so common keeps suffering alive.
There was a time when my friend and I had a close relationship and we loved each other dearly. It was a perfect friendship that felt like it could last forever and always. However, there came the day that we messed up and started fighting over silly matters and eventually, once close friends turned into the worst of enemies. It had never been the same ever since and to this day, I regret a lot that has happened. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to change or rebuild the remains of our shattered friendship.
On a more standard note, there is also regret present in small things that occur everyday. You say something and you can’t ever take it back. Those words hold true when damage is dealt. While some mistakes are negligible, there are some words that can and seriously will damage whoever you were fighting. No matter how much you try, you cannot erase the mistake. Just like the situation with my friend, a lot of regret for the actions in the past will be tormenting and this will easily be soul-crushing not only to the victim, but also to the one who did the damage.
Regret is always around in many ways big and small. Every one of our actions cannot be taken back so it would be in our best interest to bear in mind what we say or do; ultimately, a simple act will spare us from such regret and torment. All of our actions count and while we may make mistakes in the past (inevitably), we should learn from those mistakes so that we never have to go through something with such regret ever again.