I switched from a PC to a Mac almost two years ago. As my fabulous son-in-law Jerry says, the iPhone is the gateway drug to all Apple products. Once I had the iPhone and the iPad, it was only a matter of time. I’m pretty sure I see an Apple TV in my future.
Last week I finally took my first class at the Apple Store. I learned a million new features of iPhoto and then spent the rest of the day kicking myself for waiting so long to sign up for the class.
It made me think of other things in my life that, once I had done them, regretted not taking action sooner.
For instance, when putting our house on the market I took care of all the annoying little repairs that had been put off. We had a brick hearth that had been painted white by the previous owners. Some of the paint was chipped. Those chips annoyed the hell out of me for years. In my obsessive getting-the-house-ready-to-sell frenzy I gave the hearth a fresh coat of shiny white paint and it looked beautiful. Why had I not done that sooner? Pure laziness.
The chipped paint, though, was minor compared to the gut-remodel of the kitchen and two bathrooms that we undertook just months before finding out that Peter’s company had been sold and we would be moving. Literally, the kitchen and bathrooms had been stripped down to the frame when we got the news. When our remodeling was complete we got to enjoy it for about a month before moving out. The silver lining: a brand new kitchen and two new bathrooms helped the house sell pretty quickly. Still, it was too bad that we didn’t start the project sooner.
This “I wish I had” is different than regret. As I see it, regret is reserved for those choices we make either by taking action or forgoing action that result in a missed opportunity. I try not to regret things in my life. If an opportunity is lost, there is no sense in pining over it.
This is more a delayed (re)action. I eventually get around to doing something which makes me realize what I’ve been missing. Once I jump into action, though, I have the opportunity to make up for lost time.
When I started blogging earlier this year, I “met” lots of folks who had been at it for three years, five years, eight years and here I was just joining the party with a whole lot of catching up to do. I’m having such a blast; it’s too bad I jumped on the train so long after it had left the station.
My daughter, Annie, is encouraging me to join Instagram. I think I better do it now lest I miss out on even more fun.
That’s going to be my new mantra. Get Off Your Tukus! Board The Train At Its Origination! (OK, that one might be a bit cumbersome.) Don’t Wait!
To that end, I am pretty proud of myself as I am headed to Minneapolis to attend Bloggy Boot Camp. I will tell you all about it next week.
Have you dragged your feet then wished you had taken action sooner?Thanks for stopping by,
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