They say the key to progress is to keep learning. We learn so we can know and do better. Lessons learned can be applied to future situations. But what if we had the chance to revisit the past?
How many of us will end up going through life and doing everything we did in the past all over again?
I have lost count of the number of times I have heard people talk about how they will do things the same way all over again if they had a chance to relive it.
My next question is always “why?”
I have heard all sorts of people make this claim. From the famous to the intellectual, reclusive, celebrated, high flyers, low life, and others.
I am left wondering, how come these diverse categories of people have this one thing in common?
If we claim to have learned from the past, how come we are in this much of a hurry to repeat the past? Yet we are always quick to point out that others don’t learn from history.
The same way you are willing to do it all over again, that is also the aspiration of others. How can you claim others don’t learn when you are also refusing to learn?
One thing that is certain, with the benefit of hindsight, if I had the chance to go back in time, I will live my life totally differently.
It is this knowledge that directs my present and my future. Mistakes I won’t repeat in the past, I might as well avoid them in the future.
Only a fool will repeat the same action and expect a different outcome.
If in a theoretical past, you would still make the same mistakes you already made in your past, it is no longer a mistake. It is now a choice.
I don’t know if people say “I’ll do it all over again” to sound cool. Hopefully, that is the case.
I don’t know if it is a coping mechanism or a way to avoid guilt and regret. At a point, it actually starts looking like an abdication of responsibility.
Whatever the case may be, learn from your past. And the past of others too.
And if you ever have another shot at fixing your mistakes, change your action, change the outcome.
Even the things you did right, learn from them and do them better if you ever have the chance.