Living with no regrets

Your life is made up of a series of choices. For many of us, having a choice means that there are right and wrong answers. But I don’t think that’s true.

When I was in university, at the end of my third year of a four year program, I had the option to take an extra year to do an internship. I had the choice to either take the extra year or finish my degree earlier. There are benefits and negatives to each option that I considered, and I chose to do an internship. I’ll never know what would have happened if I finished earlier. But the truth is that I don’t care.

I don’t wonder what would have happened if I did one thing or another. There’s no limit to the different choices I could have made, but didn’t. If I spent all my time thinking about what didn’t happen, I’d miss out on what is happening now.

You may think, “well, if you had graduated a year earlier and gotten the same job, you’d save a year of time”. From a career perspective, that may be true. But, had I done that there’s no guarantee I’d have the same job. Even if I had gotten the same job, I can’t replace the experiences I had that year, the people I met, the places I went to, and so on.

Everything I have done makes me who I am, if I changed what I did in the past, I wouldn’t be me. I would be someone else.

Pierce Zaifman

Android app developer. Hates wasting time and takes satisfaction in improving efficiency in all aspects of life. Also enjoys helping people solve their problems.

London, Ontario, Canada

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