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Forgive yourself, second chances, etc.

My post on Monday was about investing your money in experiences, not stuff. I suppose it had a tinge of regret to it. In fact, a lot of my posts since I recently started blogging again are about the lessons I’ve learned while becoming an adult. And many have a wish-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now flavour to them.

Suffice to say, I consider myself an adult now that I’m 30. And I feel as though most of my big, life lessons occurred between the ages of 24 and 30. Which pretty much supports cynics’ view that education is overrated – real life is what teaches you the most valuable lessons. As these lessons were learned after I left school, after all.

But back to lessons and regrets. I suppose I do regret a lot of my actions when I was younger. As my mother pointed out to me though, it’s these actions I took which led me to where I am now.

I know this to be true. So instead of always thinking about how I could have behaved differently (i.e. not spending my student loan check in one go), I’m going to let myself off the hook.

Which reminds me of this Richard Branson quote I read recently about giving second chances:

“I am not the person I was 42 years ago. I am not even the person I was two years ago. To continually punish somebody for the mistakes they made in the past is not just illogical, it is plain wrong…We all deserve a second chance. Next time you have the opportunity to give somebody their second chance, don’t think twice.”

With that in mind and from here on in, I will forgive myself for the actions I took and the decisions I made. Chin up, no looking back, full-steam ahead, etc. Thanks mom. Always a wise one you are.

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