We all make mistakes, and we all have regrets. But, after some time you look back and realise that actually, doing that thing at that time, was a good experience, something to not regret. Here’s a few things I once regretted, but now I’m glad I did.
I regretted not starting my blog sooner, but now I’m glad that I didn’t
I always felt like I missed out somehow by starting my blog only (nearly) three years ago. I’d wanted to be a blogger for a much longer time beforehand and felt like it took me a lot of confidence to actually set up the blog. Once I did, I was so glad about it. I had wanted this for so long. It was important to me to get this done. But I’d always regretted not doing it sooner. I wished that I had done it even 12 months before I did, and that I hadn’t missed out on getting an early start.
Now, I’m glad that I didn’t start it when I did. I wasn’t ready for trying to have a social media presence. Whether you believe me or not, but I find keeping momentum on social media to be a pretty difficult task, and if I had started blogging at sixteen, I think I would’ve struggled even more down to the people I was associated with being pretty negative, I wouldn’t have had the level of support that I have now, and I probably would’ve given up on it.
Dying my hair black
Oh boy did I regret this. Mostly because of the journey getting my hair back to its natural colour again being a long one, I just hated it. When I look back, I don’t even think I suited black hair, I only did it because I wanted to fulfil my *~emo~* desires and make a statement.
I did this when I was about fourteen, and looking back now, I’m glad I did it. I know where I stand with my hair spectrum now, and I know what I want to endure at the salon and for how long. Even though going blonde was basically the second running of going brunette from black again, I know the hassle of dying your hair a certain colour for months on end and then having to really damage your hair to get it back to a lighter tone. I can’t say never again, because I’m too indecisive when it comes to my hair, and I can see myself making that “mistake” for a second time to be honest, but at least I know what I’m putting myself in for if I do go ahead and dye my hair black again.
Working for Primark
Oh boy, I found this to be the worlds worst job for my personality type. I made a grand total of one friend when I worked for Primark, and a few acquaintances. I’m not saying that I hated everyone I worked with, quite the opposite, I just didn’t get to know anybody whilst I worked there and I don’t think anybody was that interested in getting to know me, so it worked both ways. However, after a certain someone stole my phone out of the locker room, I decided to quit my job. I regretted working there and branded everyone who wasn’t on my shift that day a suspect.
Looking back, I’m glad I worked there. I gained a few more people skills and my confidence went up only a touch, but it still lifted. I also have Primark to thank for my current job, had I not been unhappy there, I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t have had all of the opportunities my current job has given me.
I quit Facebook in 2014 and joined the website again in late 2015. I thought it was a mistake, but thanks to rejoining Facebook, I reconnected with friends that I had lost touch with. I realized it was Facebook that was in fact keeping my long distance friendships alive and it wasn’t this huge mistake that I thought it would be. I actually think deleting Facebook was the mistake. But, I also prefer my new account and my smaller, yet easier to keep up with friends list. I also don’t have those cringe pages that I liked as a thirteen year old on my newsfeed anymore, so there’s that too.
Joining the gym
I joined the gym at one point, and yes, it was a mistake. Not because I didn’t like going, quite the opposite actually, I did enjoy going, but I was a little bit stubborn and I didn’t want to go to the gym by myself. I still stand by this, I tend to become more motivated when I do things with someone else, and because I didn’t want to go to the gym solo, I ended up wasting loads of money on a subscription that I barely used.
However, the reason I’m glad for this mistake is because now I’ve had a taste for the gym life, and I know that if I had someone who was determined to keep up a gym routine, I’d definitely join again and have a good go at it. I quite liked being off my phone for a little while and I enjoyed myself quite a bit actually.
To be honest, there are many things I could and should regret, but everything we do in life is a lesson learned. I definitely have more serious things that I’ve done and can’t bring myself to regret, just because it’s done a lot for me as a person. I definitely do have things that I completely regret doing, fashion choices, people I’ve made friends with and things I’ve done as a silly teen, but there’s no turning back the clock now and at least I know what not to do.