If I was to do it over... I would...

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Blog entry by Dusty posted 12-24-2007 03:56 PM 1793 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a person of few regrets.

I am very great full for the things I have been able to try or do in my life

I try not dwell or look back on things that I’ve done or maybe never did in my life.

Occasionally, I think to myself if ’ I had to do it all over again… I would…’

I am curious as to how many of us might do things differently if given a chance.

With that said, I am interested in what we might do or how we would do something different, along with what that might be.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 12-24-2007 04:07 PM

For me, with out a doubt, I would of taken more time to enjoy the journey that I was on at the time, rather than the end result, or destination, on my many adventures that I have been afforded.

I have found that often the “destination” is often uneventful or even a let down.

I really am trying to remember this as I try new things or projects.

It is not a race for me any longer, but rather a enjoyable walk, at a pace that allows me to take in the surroundings.

It occurs to me that they call this “aging”, or maturing.

I prefer to call it experience and the gaining of wisdom.

Awakening, if you will !

-- Dusty

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#2 posted 12-24-2007 04:10 PM

It was my screw ups that taught me the best life lessons. I could regret some of them but then i wouldnt be as far along in my life.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 12-24-2007 04:54 PM

Miles is right on. Experience gets you through trying situations. Trying situations are how you get experience.

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#4 posted 12-24-2007 05:01 PM

I look back on my life all the time – and say “wow, look at what I have learned/experienced/been given”. Some of the hardships endured were far from pleasant and I’m so glad those times are over but I don’t regret a single moment of them. The wisdom of today comes from those rough times. Would I want to experience it again? Never in a million years!! Once was enough, thank you very much.

And so, rather than looking at what I would have done differently I’m looking forward to what don’t I want to miss out on. The journey; I hope to never forget to enjoy the journey, to try give “it” a try if I find myself the least bit interested in it….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 12-24-2007 05:32 PM

I’m thinking like MsDebbie. There are quite a few things I would have done differently if I had known better, but if I had done them differently, I wouldn’t know what I know now. I have many regrets, because I’ve done a whole lot of stupid things. But I learned from each of them. My real regret is that my learning caused others pain.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 12-24-2007 05:42 PM

Hind sight is 20/20 as they say. Experience is what makes us who we are. I choose to look forward to all the things I still have to accomplish. It’s the unknown that gets me excited. If you had told me a year ago that right now I would be retired and building little toys for something to do, I would have thought you nuts…...... But hey! Here I am. Just think what the next year might bring.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 12-24-2007 06:38 PM

If everything you do comes out perfect, then you are not trying hard enough.

-- Thuan

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#8 posted 12-24-2007 08:35 PM

No regrets – just reasons why I would not do some things again. I’d like to think that at the end of my journey through life that those who remember me will remember what my Dad taught me and I’ve written down as what I want spoken as my own eulogy – “I did what I thought was right.”

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 12-25-2007 06:33 AM

No regrets.. i’ve been blessed with a great life. I’d leave out a few of the stupid things I’ve done here and there maybe but that’s about it. Life is good!

-- Bob

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#10 posted 12-25-2007 10:34 PM

I think of all the stupid things I’ve done and wish I had been smart enough to do them sooner.

My father told me he was once asked about his sons. He siad: “One jumps out of perfectly good airplanes the other flies single engine airplanes to Europe, Africa and Australia.”

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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