So says the mass murderer on death row…
I always found that remark or view on life a little immature and selfish. Certainly we’ve all made mistakes and I’ve probably made enough for all of us. And granted some mistakes are not so life altering as to where you can’t recover from them. Similarly, there are mistakes we have made in which we learned a life lesson.
However, for someone to say they do not regret any of their mistakes, in my opinion, may suggest something about that person’s character. I am not advocating living in the past and wringing our hands over this or that particular decision we made or action we may have taken.
There are some things we have done that were wrong and we knew they were wrong when we did them. How are you supposed to learn from that? It was wrong, and, therefore, regrettable. I don’t suspect the people we have wronged, bullied, lied to or hurt as being happy they were chosen to play a part in shaping the person we became. Something tells me they would probably have preferred not to be included in the development of our personhood.
If I could go back, which I can’t, but allow me to entertain myself; I would change a few things. These things did nothing to shape my character. Instead, I consider them a stain on my character. Regrettable moments in my life that make me cringe every time they pop up in my mind.
So if I am honest with myself and am truly concerned about the person “I am today,” there are few things I could have gone without doing. They taught me nothing save about my own level of depravity and selfishness.