2008-07-16 - 11:44 a.m.
Regret is an interesting emotion. What is it exactly? It seems to be a heady cocktail of sadness and guilt, or sadness and shame, and it seems to have something to do with the passage of time, so it billows out and takes up a lot of space.
The idea of future regret has never played a big part in motivating me to either do or not do things, because my brain isn't wired that way. I figure that if I am slated to regret some action later, I can deal with it as it comes up. It's just another burst of anxious razzle-dazzle in the nervous system.
And I'm not talking about transgressions, like killing, stealing, hogging the pole on the subway--I mean the classic things about which people say, "Someday you will look back and regret [that facial scarification, quitting that job, not quitting that job, etc]."
Some things I don't regret:
The only things I regret--the losses that feel irreparable to me--are as follows:
Anyway, I realize this is a little more personal than we usually get here at IHoP, but if anyone wants to weigh in, I always love to hear what you have to say.
Also: one of the best album titles of all time: Instant Party--Just Add Mel Torme
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