How many moments do you let go by?
In a 2008 study, “What We Regret Most … and Why,” by Neal J. Roese and Amy Summerville, it reveals that our top three regrets, in order, are Education, Career, and Romance. The research basically showed that we regret those opportunities where we could improve our life and that most of our regrets center on what we could have done. Not on what we did.
But why do we let those opportunities go by, both the small and life changing moments?
This morning I helped drop off my children at daycare and school. My second son and oldest daughter rode with me to their school. We got there before my wife, so we sat in the car and they wanted to play our version of “I Spy Alphabet” game. My first instinct was actually to not play, to be quiet and wait. A small moment (by the way Parenting is number four in the above study)… that I didn’t let go. We got to the letter L and laughed the whole time. The rule is to name something you see as you go through the alphabet. My daughter kept hollering out random things. As my wife pulled up “LION!” filled the car.
“Where?!” I hollered in mock surprise. We got out of the car laughing.
But there are big moments, life-changing moments. My current position places me at the edge of change. Technology is always improving, changing, and education is the most powerful aspect I know that positively affects our lives (and the number one regret for people).
Later this week I get the privilege of attending a teacher in-service for a school that is working on the idea of going 1:1. Last week I got to speak, as a dad and teacher, about my view of technology in education. I am still finding my feet in regards to expressing my philosophical views with my job. Every teacher I have ever had in class or worked with had their own talents. Even though I work with technology all the time, one of my personal goals for my job is to help teachers be at their best. Technology or not. Because the classroom, everyday, is one of the most powerful places in the world. I am proud to be a part of that moment for students, teachers, and education in general.
Education is the number one regret people have… our most powerful regrets are those things we didn’t do, especially with things that would make our lives better.
This post doesn’t have any answers; it is simply a small moment I had to share with you. To maybe plant a seed for your next moment in life, big or small, to not regret it.