In two unrelated conversations this week, regret came up and it got me thinking….thinking about my life, decisions I’ve made, and how those decisions have affected my path.
I’ve made a lot of great decisions in my life so far…
1. Marrying Neal!
2. Becoming Theodore’s mommy
3. Getting my Master’s from Kansas State
4. Running the Country Music Half Marathon with Team in Training
5. Moving to Vermont to work at Dartmouth College
6. Transferring to George Mason University after my sophomore year of college
But there is one decision that I still regret…
1. I regret not attending the University of Nebraska for my undergraduate degree.
Growing up, my dream was to be a meteorologist. I kid you not, I wanted to be a hurricane specialist and was OBSESSED with the weather.
As I searched for colleges, Nebraska quickly rose to the top of the list and when I got in, I was beyond excited. Over the next few months I listened to a lot of people’s opinions about whether or not I should go. I listened to my parent’s advice about money. I listened to the advice of the church I was attending about my spiritual health if I moved. I listened to my friends who were staying in Texas for school. And in the end… I didn’t go… and I still regret it.
Now the truth is, all of my best decisions came after that moment and I’m pretty sure my life wouldn’t have turned out the same way if I had gone to Nebraska.
It’s a weird mix of emotions when you regret something so much and yet you know in your head that in the end it was meant to be!
Although it has been 11 years, it’s still something I think about, but I’m grateful for how my life has turned out. As I move forward I want to strive to not to regret the decisions I make, and if I do regret them, I hope to trust that it’s what was meant to be.