When I saw this latest blog challenge ("Write about something in your life you'd like a second chance at") suggested by beloved Chicago Now community manager Jimmy Greenfield, I had to stop and think...and think....and think. My lifelong motto has always been to never look back, only forward, so this one was easy for me. I don't recall one thing in my life that I wish I had a second chance at...besides the obvious, more time with loved ones before they passed, etc. But even my parents advised me to never have regrets, to just learn from my mistakes.
So, my advice and comment on this latest blogging exercise from Jimmy is to learn from your past and not to wish for second chances, unless of course supernatural forces come together that offer you an identical opportunity. Because obviously, wishing for do-overs only lead to frustration. The only thing that you can do that would be constructive is to learn and remember your past mistakes and what you might've wished had been different. Then, make sure moving forward, that you never repeat them....and that you always, always, always take the time to smell the roses and appreciate what you have in the moment. Do-overs are for dreamers.
Living in the past and wishing you had a second chance at anything only leads to regret. And who the hell needs that? :-)