Regret is a disagreement with the past, a misstep in the effort to push forward.
But regret leads to other, positive things. We stay back and meet the mate of our dreams. We suffer a job that introduces us to the future we desire. We put down a sick pet to end its suffering. Regrets lead to new opportunities and allays cognitive dissonance.
To err is human. We can only control our attitude to perceived losses.
“The best way to verify that you are alive is by checking if you like variations. Remember that food would not have a taste if it weren’t for hunger; results are meaningless without effort, joy without sadness, convictions without uncertainty, and an ethical life isn’t so when stripped of personal risks.” – Nassim Taleb
Don’t overthink it.