Array

Living with as few regrets as possible

Sylvan Lake trainer offers advice on living life to the fullest

I am willing to bet you have heard or read about the philosophy of ‘living with no regrets,’ maybe you even saw that hilarious movie where the less then intelligent teenager has “NO RAGRETS” tattooed on his chest for the world to see. Here’s the thing about living with no regrets. It’s impossible.

You cannot live a week without regrets.

If you are a decent human being that is. I regret an email I sent out of an angry reaction last week, I regret missing a few meals during the week, I regret not getting to bed early enough and having to live the next day on coffee. I regret being so busy on Friday that I didn’t get a work-out in.

I regret setting up my world so that I work so much, I don’t get to see my family as often as I would like.

So does that make me a failure?

I don’t think so, I think it reminds me that I still care.

If I didn’t regret any of that stuff, I would be a fat, lazy bum and my five-year-old would be raised without me.

Today I had no time left to do all the work in front of me. We went to Edmonton to visit family, and although we meant to be home by 2 p.m. it was 5:30 p.m. before we got here. We made that choice out of ‘predicted regret’ – I predicted that if we didn’t make some time for family, I would regret it later.

So we stayed longer and it was wonderful. Yes, that had some consequences to it, but because of the healthy ‘regret avoidance’ system I have in place, I made a choice to do what mattered to me and our family.

I am also not feeling well today, pretty tired and my body is clearly fighting something off.

With huge deadlines and a long night in front of me, I spent an hour with my son, building Lego that he got from his cousins for his upcoming birthday.

I knew that too would come with a cost, but I chose which regret I wanted to live with tomorrow. The regret of not playing with my son or the regret of working until 2 a.m.

There was no option for a zero regret path, I chose the regret I preferred.

This is why living with no regrets is impossible.

Life is not perfect.

Far from it. And there is magic in that too. How we choose to live, how we choose to pick the things we do and do not do, that is the juice that makes life interesting, and us, who we are.

Here’s the big thing about regret: understand that you are the architect of your life, and you decide in all moments which path you choose.

Yes, I listed a day where both choices had consequences, so I chose the one I preferred. There was no complaining about the two choices (well, maybe a little), and that is the challenge.

Accept what is there, and make a choice. That is what they talk about when they say live a live without regrets. It is about choosing to not be a victim, tossed around by ‘mean old life’.

It is about making choices with whatever is in front of you. If you sent an email out of anger, contact the person and apologize, own those feelings. If you didn’t eat well today, choose to do better tomorrow. (Unless you have a time machine, in which case, I would like to borrow it).

Your task: make a list of things that you typically regret doing.

Make another list of things that if you don’t do, you will regret later. Now make a plan to come from a place of choice for those things, and set yourself up to win!

Live life with as few regrets as possible.

Scott McDermott is a personal trainer and the owner of Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake.

Just Posted

Former opioid user tells his story

Innisfail’s Keira Vander Vliet gives his take on the opioid crisis

Cow Patti Theatre Company hits the mark with Here on the Flight Path

Shows run through to March 11th at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club

WCPS office hosts photography project honouring missing Indigenous women

REDress photo exhibition on display at Wolf Creek Public Schools office

Red Deer artist explores the cycles of Alberta through sculpture

Robin Lambert’s commentary on the province’s fagility is on at the MAG until March 18th

WATCH: Red Deer celebrates one year out from 2019 Canada Games

Community gathers at Great Chief Park to commemorate Games milestone

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Calgary man dies in Mexico following sudden illness

Troy Black was with his wife, Lindsay, in Puerto Vallarta when he began vomiting blood on Thursday

Virtue and Moir break their own world record

Virtue and Moir break short dance record to sit first in ice dance at Olympics

Trump gets angry about election meddling, but not at Russia

‘Weirdest thing’: Trump expresses anger, but not over Russian election-meddling

New doping charge could hurt Russia’s chance at reinstatement

Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky.

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192M weekend

In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million.

Canada wins gold in bobsleigh

Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz tied for first in two-man event at 2018 Winter Olympics

#Metoo movement causing confusion in many men, fear of missteps with women: experts

Being painted by the same sweeping brush as those alleged to have mistreated women has angered men

Most Read