The Regrets Of 20’s – 30’s
This was a very interesting question we came across at Quora and we thought why not actually write a post here. I think it is a multi phased answer to be written by people between 20’s and 30’s which can later be complemented by people in their 30’s and 40’s and so on. It is a pretty simple way right – at least theoretically.
To give a small intro about myself, I did my engineering in a decent school and later went on to work with Analog Devices as an engineer. I kinda really enjoyed the big fat pay package until I was thoroughly bored with the job. I hated everything except the money part. So it didn’t quite seem to make much sense.
So I thought I would step into doing something differently. So took up the civil services examination and went on to prepare for the coveted IAS exams. And I even went on to give the dreaded interviews in the first two attempts and very luckily nothing good came out of it :). And finally the tryst ended with my stint at entrepreneurship which is perhaps the most enjoyable thing I’ve done in my life so far. And I can proudly say that we were able to create an idea and make it into something more physical and something thoroughly enjoyable. And perhaps one of my most exciting and successful endeavours so far – none of the degrees or high scores in exams would even come close to that.
Well I’ll quit my boring story now. So lets talk about the regrets.
1) Ideally I should regret not going ahead with my previous job. I missed out on a regular paycheck and probably a couple of on site visits and stamping my visa a little more. Maybe earn a little money and feel very secure about the future. That way I wouldn’t have to go through the turmoil and would rather enjoy a calm lifestyle
2) I should probably regret not going ahead with my IAS attempts and taking the journey further. Maybe I should regret not being in the power circles and the ‘coveted govt jobs’ of the country. But then I realize I never really belonged there and it never did make any sense in life
3) I should probably regret taking the entrepreneurship front cos I chose to do something different and try develop a walking tour company. Talk about venturing into risky sectors!
But then I realise if I even think of regretting all these I should probably regret every little thought I’ve had so far. Honestly if I need to find any regrets maybe I can. But I think eventually all we do is a simple choice, a choice to stick to our decisions and make them work. A choice to actually go ahead and do what we think is right and a choice to actually give up a few unimportant things for the important ones.
As for the regrets we really can find a few if we want to. But then I remember the quote – what hurts more – the fear for not doing something or the regret of not doing something. And from that point the decision was pretty straightforward 🙂
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