You know, looking back at when I was young (or even just a few years ago), there are so many decisions that I made that, now that I am looking back at it, were the wrong choice.

I should’ve tried more in school.

I probably should’ve majored in something else when I was in college.

I shouldn’t have overthought all those bad experiences.

I shouldn’t have chased a pipe dream.

I should’ve asked that girl out when I first met her.

I should’ve been active instead of passive.

I should’ve worked harder.

And now, because I didn’t make the right choices for some of the decisions in my life, I feel like I let myself down. I could be in a different place right now, maybe a better place.

But would I be who I am now if I were to reverse all of my “bad” decisions back then? Were the consequences of those decisions a waste of time or was it just a period of learning and growth?

Some of the consequences were a good thing for me. I truly believe that because I was able to learn a lot about myself and about the world because I messed up and had to reconfigure everything. The other consequences, meh. I’m either still being forced to learn from them or they’re just screwing left and right. I don’t know. I haven’t reached the final level yet.

But the main takeaway is that no matter what happens, I will try to learn from the mistake and try to fix it. I will always try to find the positive in everything that happens, regardless of how negative it is.

For more from Nam Tran, you can visit his main blog to read his latest book review, where he reviews Bruce Lee’s Striking Thoughts.

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