What happened to regrets?
Nobody has them, or at least admits to them, anymore.
As someone who sets aside an hour before bedtime each night to regret much of what transpired earlier in the day, I find other people's contentment in all their decisions, well, regretful.
End-of-2010 news was full of notable, mistake-filled people looking back regret-less.
Sports figures specialize in leading regret-free lives.
And, of course,
I don't know, maybe all the players who can say they never were fined for sexting, sued by massage therapists, knew when to call it a career, didn't promote a brand of jeans that may not be actually made anymore ...
My favorite no-regretter, though, has to be
Surely, though, God would understand if he regretted giving his organization the same name as a pancake house.
Perhaps it's a question of semantics. Do people without regrets believe they made no mistakes -- or do they not regret their mistakes because of some regretful notion about the importance of learning from your mistakes?
If you had the choice of making a mistake and learning from it or not making the mistake in the first place, which would you choose? And what exactly do people expect to learn when they make a mistake? For me, it's that I'll probably make that mistake again in a week or so.
Maybe the no-regretters believe there is shame in admitting mistakes. That's why reality-TV stars may be our country's most open and honest people. With their public lives based on sharing self-made disasters, they're the most willing to openly have regrets.
On that note, we are, regretfully, out of room.
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