Have you ever looked back over your life and thought to yourself, “I wish I had that to do over.” I know I have on several occasions, I have. If there was just a button I could push to make all of those bad decisions I made go away (poof).
In the movie the Matrix, Morpheus offers Neo two pills, one red one blue. If Neo takes the blue pill he will wake up in his bed and forget everything that ever happened. Sometimes I wish I had taken the blue pill. All the pain and misery brought on myself and others as result of bad decisions would be none existent — not to mention all the things that I should have and could have but didn’t.
Looking at life realistically, we know that is not possible. There is no “do over button”or “blue pill”. There is only experience and unfortunately for us the knowledge resulting from that comes just after you need it–bummer.
There’s a song from a few years back the lyrics state “I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger.” And later in the song it says ” Poor young grandson, there’s nothing I can say, you’ll have to learn just like me and that’s the hardest way.” Those words are the epitome of experience. However, there is a benefit that comes with experience and that is wisdom. Wisdom is that thing that hopefully keeps us from making the same mistakes again. With wisdom gained through experience comes accountability, first to self and second to others. There is someone who stands in need of your knowledge — whether they take heed or not, that they too, might avoid the pain of knowledge gained by experience received just after they needed it.