I generally believe that regret is possibly the only nearly useless emotion that we experience. The reality is what happened is done and you can not change that, but people still dwell on it. I was watching a movie last night that seemed to have a theme of regret. So it helped propel my mind down a path that I so rarely visit I figured I would share the results of some of my late night musing.
I don’t actually regret much related to money but there are a few items that come to mind. So here is my list of money related regrets that crossed my mind last night:
- I wish I would taken on a job not for the pay years ago. I’m so enjoying my second job as a Trustee that I wish I would had the idea earlier. I’ve taken jobs where money wasn’t that important, for example, I took a $20,000/year pay cut to move back to Regina. Yet in all those jobs the money was still partly a factor. The Trustee job was the first one where money didn’t matter at all.
- I wish I would have been braver to start my own business. I had ideas over the years but generally fear kept those ideas in check. I think it was lack of any supports to travel down that path earlier in life that kept me back (beyond the fear). I really only learned about a small business once my wife went to open a daycare and now realize it isn’t that hard (not to say it is easy, but it is not impossible either).
- I wish I would have realized earlier that happiness is just as important as money. I think perhaps I wasted a lot of time doing many ‘what if’ analysis on too many things before I realized that in the end the numbers are only part of the answer. It’s ok to do something that isn’t the most logical as long as you know that. Being happy is important even if you have to work a couple of years longer.
So what have you regretted related to your money? If you feel like sharing leave a comment.