I think for the most part it's safe to say that we all regret something. I regret that I didn't have that dessert...I regret that I had that dessert! ha!
Seriously, we do have "things" in our lives that we regret. Maybe it's about education...you regret that you didn't get a certain degree or that you didn't pursue something while you had the chance. You regret that you didn't take that job when you were offered, etc.
You regret that when that door was open, you didn't take the chance and walk through it.
Living with ankylosing spondylitis causes one to have regrets about--hmmm--different things. Like regretting that you couldn't go to dinner or just didn't feel like "going out" or doing something as simple as sitting outside with your family. Regrets that you couldn't be the mom or wife that you REALLY want to be. Regrets that you truly can't work anymore-so you feel as if you aren't contributing like you should.
You also regret things that you haven't done, but now you can't do them. Like climbing Mt. Everest (ok, so that was a little over the top). I often think and wonder what type of grandmother I'll be. Will I have regrets about not being able to be what I want to be because of AS.
As a mom, I try and teach my children that they never want to say, "I wish I had"..that's regret! Try to do every thing that comes your way. Sometimes, we may think, I don't want to...but later, realize that we regretted that we didn't.
As a person that lives in pain 24/7, I say, don't live your life full of regrets. No matter how hard something is, reach for success. You never know when your life will drastically change. Don't be lazy. Always try anything that life offers your way!
I never thought, I'd be at this place in my life-not this young. I've always been one to go, go, go. Now, I still try to go, go, go...but I'm very slow, slow, slow! Even with a chronic illness, I'll strive for life with no regrets! I'll STAND TALL and put one foot in front of the other even if it's the most painful walk ever!
Don't let regrets take your smile away...don't let pain and/or a disease cause regrets. So, I may not climb Mt. Everest, but I will not sit home and not try (ok, you all know I'm not going to even try Everest-ha).
Live life to the fullest with no regrets!
Dance like no ones watching
Love like you'll never be hurt
Sing like there's nobody listening
And live like it's heaven on earth!
AS has my body but it will NOT have me!