Last month I turned 56 years old and four days later my Mom passed away. Birthdays are usually a time of reflection and evaluation for me, but that was especially true this year. Losing a loved one makes you think about priorities and evaluate your life. As part of that reflection, I want to share with you the Top Ten Things I Don’t Regret Doing in My Life So Far, in no particular order:
1. Getting married young.
2. Having twelve children.
3. Homeschooling (29 years and counting…)
4. Spending tons of time with my children.
5. Marrying my husband.
6. Making a homey home.
7. Celebrating holidays, even small ones.
8. Having a family business that changes lives in so many ways.
9. Breastfeeding and natural childbirth.
10. Being a Christian.
I realize that others make different choices for themselves and their families. These are just some things that stand out in my memory as being choices that now bring me a great deal of satisfaction.
Do I have some regrets? Of course. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not perfect. I could make a long list of things I wish I hadn’t done, and things I wish I’d known, especially as a wife and mother.
While it’s important to honestly evaluate ourselves and ask forgiveness where needed (without rationalizing or being a martyr), constantly focusing on regrets and what-ifs is a recipe for depression.
Hope you enjoyed my very personal Top Ten Things I Don’t Regret Doing So Far in My Life. They weren’t always easy things to do, but they were definitely worth it.