Living without Regret: A Slice of Life Post

 

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Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life post. I have one more week before I have to go back to work, and I’m sad my summer is almost over. It went by way too fast.

I’ve been watching the Olympics. It’s amazing to see these young people achieving their dreams. It inspires me to believe that I can achieve mine if I work hard enough.:)

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I’m encouraging my youngest to watch the events as well. I’m hoping they’ll inspire him, too. He’s quite agile. I can see great talent in him. He’s already doing front and back flips on the trampoline. He’s got that gymnast build, too.

He also has the drive. He sticks with something until he masters it. I remember when he was just a wee lad, how he’d get these transformers and work so hard at getting them to transform. Some of them were quite difficult. Tears of frustration would run down his face, but he wouldn’t give up.

I think it’s the same drive many of these athletes have. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be watching my little guy at the Olympics someday.

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I have to be careful though. I have to make sure that I’m not pushing my dream for him onto my little guy. I want him to choose his own dream. I don’t want him to look back on his life and have any regrets.

Living without regret is an awesome thing, and I want that for both my boys. I think that old saying is true. “We only regret the things we didn’t do.” These are very wise words. How about you. Are you living without regret? Is there something you wanted to go for, but didn’t? Maybe the timing wasn’t right? Now might be the time to do it! Leave a comment! I love hearing from you!

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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46 Responses to Living without Regret: A Slice of Life Post

  1. jarhartz says:

    The dreams and effort of those athletes are amazing, inspiring and fun to watch. Seeing the beauty in our kids kinda has the same effect!

  2. sharonledwith says:

    You know, other than making some bad parental decisions (which is a learning curve in itself), I don’t have any regrets, Lisa. Love your son’s ‘never give up’ attitude. It will take him far in life! Thanks for another great post! Cheers!

  3. cvarsalona says:

    I hope your boys go for the gold, Lisa. Life is about knowing our dreams and striving for them.

  4. I know what you mean about pushing your dream on them. That’s so hard not to do.

  5. Bernadette says:

    I gave up on regret a while ago. I figured with the short time I have left on this earth I might as well join Frank as say, “regrets I had a few, but then again, too few to mention.”

  6. Rosie Digout says:

    Both myself and my ex-husband were athletes in school and figured both our daughters would be too. However, my oldest is not interested in sports but is studious and excels at school When she was younger, I thought there must be at least ONE sport that she would like. Finally, I had to accept that sports are not her thing. On the other hand, my 11 yr old has been playing in a competitive soccer league for close to two years. She lives, eats, breathes soccer. We attended the Women’s World Cup event last year which solidified that soccer was her dream. Watching the Olympics has been another motivator for her. I had to learn the let me children be themselves and be there for support when they need me.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      You’re an awesome Mom, Rosie! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Sometimes it’s hard when you see so much potential in your child, but there interest is not there. 🙂

  7. Ramona says:

    Achieving one’s dreams . . . such an exciting concept. I just read Jason Gay’s article “The Joy of Watching Usain Bolt.” His final words: “We saw Usain Bolt finish first, again. It’s become routine, but it will never be ordinary.” My dream is to craft better posts, to write well, and to capture the routine of my own life by celebrating through words.

  8. Dana Murphy says:

    I’ve been watching the Olympics with my littles as well. I, too, was hoping they found it inspirational. It’s just amazing – and I love all the commercials showing the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work that all the athletes have to put in.

    Love how you touched on the Olympics and dreams and regret… All in one post!

  9. Jaana says:

    I have loved watching the Olympics as well. I am inspired! Now I just need to decide/determine which way this inspiration should lead me. Let us know when we can watch your boys in the Olympics!

  10. Adrienne says:

    Olympians amaze me. I am especially impressed with Michael Phelps who was a top athlete, then messed up spectacularly. He owned his mistake, took his punishment, then rebuilt his career. That is a powerful lesson for young and old.

  11. Yes, it’s very easy to push our dreams onto our kids. My son is a very talented guitarist, and I would have loved for him to be up there with the rock and roll greats. However, he has different ideas and at this time just wants to be there while his own children grow up. It took me a while to accept this, but I realise now that he has not got the motivation. Very successful people all share the same drive to get to the top.

  12. mariaholm says:

    I recently wrote about this, how to support our children in becoming what they are good at and would like. It’s in Danish though. But the essence was to see what occupies the child and of course also let him or she see things because without inspiration they won’t have anything to aim at. Last but not least your own example of lifestyle is so important

  13. thejuicenut says:

    As much as I would love to say what’s the point of having regrets, shrug my shoulders and get on with it, I do have one: I always wanted to play piano! I enjoyed watching my daughter learning, she played 7 instruments at one point then gave them all up. My grandsons play violin, keyboard and drums. I managed the recorder for a couple of years at school! My parents couldn’t afford to pay for lessons and I try to make sure my family have the opportunity to learn if they have a musical bent.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Good for you! I’m sorry to hear you didn’t get a chance to play piano, but why not take lessons now? I don’t care how old you are, it’s never to late to dream a new dream or start a new goal. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  14. mariaholm says:

    When my children were small and growing up I had dreams for them and might have forced them to excercise things they maybe disliked. I don’t have regrets because I wanted them to be good at things and not just give up on something after three months

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I hear you, Maria. It’s such a fine line between forcing them to do something they don’t want to do and teaching them perseverance. I struggle with that one. I just hope, I’m doing it right. Keeping my fingers crossed! 🙂

      • mariaholm says:

        You will see the results later but we can only do our best as those we are and keep up supporting our children without taking the responsibility for their lives from them

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        That is so true, Maria. I’m so glad you said that. I’ve got to remember that my kids are responsible for their own lives and not to worry so much. 🙂 Thank you!

  15. Great post! It really makes me think! 😀

  16. joanneeddy says:

    I think you’re right Lisa…no regrets for anything I have done. Just working to make sure there will be nothing left undone! Nice post, thanks for sharing on Senior Salon! Jo

  17. Bernadette says:

    Lisa, Thanks for taking the time to post this at the Senior Salon.

  18. It’s quite impressive to watch these athletes strive to achieve excellence in their chosen pursuits and I share some of your sentiments of wanting my children to live without looking back and having any regrets.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Jacqueline. I think a lot of parents wish a life of no regrets for their kids.It’s hard on us to watch them have to recover from poor choices. I think it’s as hard on us as it is on them.

  19. Karuna says:

    Living without regrets is a value that is very important to me. After missing the opportunity to experience Virginia Satir in the early 80’s, because I didn’t have time and would do it later (she died soon after that), I have made sure I don’t postpone doing the things that are important to me.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Good for you! I’m sorry you didn’t get to experience Virginia, but because of that one incident you haven’t missed another important event, so you’re ahead of the game, Karuna. 🙂

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