The Illusion of Straight Lines
Occasionally, I think back to all of the times when I was trying to learn something difficult. Memories of frustration and anxiety. When I do that, the conclusions usually sound the same:
“If only I had done this thing sooner…”
“I wasted so much time on that…”
And then I wonder if I would be where I am today without getting spun around the axle several times or “wasting my time on the frivolous.” It’s hard to know the good without knowing the bad.
In the end, it doesn’t matter. What matters is leaving point A and arriving at point Z. The problem with looking back is that you’re no longer looking forward to the next line. Thinking about regrets is like Michael Phelps looking for a pair of water wings. It’s just not that important anymore.
Celebrate the fact that you achieved your goal and carry on.