I’m pretty confident most of us have stuff we wish we’d known when we were younger. I wouldn’t call them “regrets,” per se – after all, the whole point of getting older is gaining a sense of maturity. While my sense of humor is still resolutely immature at times, I’d like to think I’ve come a long way in other areas. (Wouldn’t we all?)
With that in mind, probably the single thing that I think would have made the biggest difference in my life, as a whole, would be WRITING EVERYTHING DOWN.
You’ll notice that I’ve committed that cardinal Intarweb sin of writing that in all-caps. That’s because indeed, I would shout it at my past-self, if I could. Maybe then, I’d have listened.
When I was younger, one of the single dumbest things I did was to trust my memory to hold onto everything. While it’s true that I did – and do – retain a ridiculous amount of trivial tidbits that give many people pause, I mistook that ability as something more than it was.