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Poem-Regret Not What You Have Never Tried-Response to Brenda’s Word Prompt-Week 20

I love poetry. I am a lifestyle enthusiast and like to write articles and poems on lifestyle changes that benefit people.

Regret Not What You Have Never Tried

Regret Not What You Have Never Tried

The wise never let regret affect them negatively. The best option is to learn from our mistakes and move on and resolve to make good of the opportunity that arise in future. Focusing on the positives of the decision we make helps us get over the regret of the missed opportunity. Using that regret as motivation for future endeavors helps in gaining success in future. The past regrets stimulate us to achieve our present goals and lead a more fulfilling life.

In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have and the decisions we waited too long to make.

— Lewis Carroll

Brenda's Word Prompt this Week

Brenda our fellow writer at Hubpages, who is a gifted poet herself, provides wonderful word prompts every week to help us improve our creative skills. This week she gave us the word prompt 'Regret'. The moment I saw the word prompt, I had a flashback of my earlier days, my regret and how I dealt with it. so I decided to write a poem on the importance of seizing the opportunity when it comes and not letting past regret be an impediment in achieving our present dreams. I included a brief outline of the story of my regret and what inspired me to write this poem. I hope Brenda and my other hubber friends like it.

It is good to take the advise of your best friend when you are unsure about anything.

It is good to take the advise of your best friend when you are unsure about anything.

The Story of My Regret

When I graduated from college with a degree in science, my family and other relatives advised me to study further and get a Master’s degree. As my academic record was good, I guess everybody expected me to study further. But I was indecisive whether to take up a job or to study further. When I discussed this with my close friend, she said something which helped me take a decision. She said that I was lucky to get the opportunity to choose a career and be independent.

I believe that what we regret most are our failures of courage, whether it’s the courage to be kinder, to show up, to say how we feel, to set boundaries, to be good to ourselves. For that reason, regret can be the birthplace of empathy

— Brene Brown

My Decision

Not many get the opportunity of a good job. The uncertainty of the future is daunting and not having security and stability in life can be scary. I was lucky as I had the chance to support the family at a difficult time. What she said stayed with me and I decided to get the job. I whole heartedly wanted to help my family. Later I realized that I had made the right choice.

There is nothing more fulfilling than helping one’s family in times of need. I really liked my job and worked quite hard. I also got appreciation for my good work which was very satisfying. But I always had the regret that I could not pursue my dream and doubted my decision of taking up a job instead of studying further. I was interested in a career in research. But I did not let the regret stop me or give up on my goals. I just waited for the right time and chance to make my dream come true.

Opportunities were seized, regrets were had, and success was ultimately achieved..

— Cliff Lerner

Opportunities are all around you. You just notice them when we are ready-Quote by gymaholic.co

Opportunities are all around you. You just notice them when we are ready-Quote by gymaholic.co

The Opportunity That Came My Way

When I got the opportunity, I grabbed it and did my masters in the subject close to my heart, by studying on my own, alongside the job. Though I could not live my dream of doing research for the betterment of life, I started to write articles for improving health and wellness by simple changes in lifestyle and positive thinking. I am happy about this decision of mine as this is something which I always wanted to do.

This field is so much fun and enriching. I have made such good friends online from whom I get to learn and improve myself and at the same time share my experiences and knowledge with my friends and well-wishers. I am grateful to HubPages for helping me fulfill my dreams and to all my Hubpages friends for helping and supporting me in this journey.

Never look back in regret – move on to the next thing.

— Richard Branson

The Poem is About

This poem is about seizing opportunities when they come our way, or else we may regret not doing so later. Life is full of hurdles. We have no idea whether it will throw bouquets or brickbats at us and if we let a good chance pass us by because of self-doubt or indecisiveness, we will regret later in life. Not everyone gets a chance to prove his or her abilities. We should never look back and be daunted by past failures. It is inconsequential whether we win or lose. What is important is that we have tried our best. Not making an effort at all will lead to regret. In life it is never too late to realize one’s dreams. With grit and determination, we can achieve our goals.

The Poem

When opportunity knocks your door

Do not shut the door on its face

Seize the occasion and make it great

Or you will regret that you lost the race.


You dream of the things

You always wanted to do

Don’t give up them now

Who knows what tomorrow holds for you.

The road may be rocky

Too many ups and downs

And when the goal seems too far

Never be regretful, never give up.


Regret is not a word that you use

Whether you win or you lose

It is plenty that you did your best

You did all you could, gave no excuse.

Not everyone gets the chance

to prove his worth

You should rejoice in the moment

And consider it your rebirth.


If you keep looking back

You will never go forward

Cause You might regret it

when you are old and tired.

It is never too late

To do what you want

in the end it will all be worth it

To fulfill your long-cherished dream.

© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR

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