THERE is no such thing as instant replay in real life. Life is not a movie that we are allowed to repeat what was already played. It is not music that we could play again if we seem to like it. And most of all it is not a recorded video that we can cut and edit for a better result.
Indeed life is full of surprises. We don’t know what will happen in this day or the next. We don’t know what will happen to our family, to our future, and of course to ourselves.
Hence, I always tattooed this on my mind to go through thinking as much as ten times before doing something or anything. Because regret is the scariest word I don’t want to hear and feel. It is a word that always appeared at the end in times of unpleasant situation.
I had lots of regrets in life. One of those was when I talked back with my papa, threw unpleasant words, and cursed him. He was close to having a heart attack that time because of what I did. He did not expect me to do that.
After what had happened, I pledged to myself not to talk back with my parents like that.
A lot of what ifs entered my mind during that time. What if I did not stop throwing him unpleasant words? What if he collapsed? What if he died? Will mama forgive me if I am the reason of my father’s loss?
In life it is important to think as much as you can before taking an action. Because of that certain scenario that happened in my life, it gives me a lesson to think many times before doing something for there is no replay existing in real life. I always bear in mind that regret always comes in late. (Jessa Mae B. Reston, Usep intern)