Would you go back to a different point in your life? Would you change any of the decisions that you made? Is it helpful to even ask these questions?
I suppose that by reflecting on the past it somehow brings you into the present. That may sound strange, but think about it, when you try to answer the questions you are comparing them to where you are now. The present is your reference point. And, they say that everything that we have lived through and experienced helps to form the you that you are today. We remember the past with joy, we remember it with sorrow, we wish that some times would have lasted longer and when going through some others, they seemed like eternity. Some we remember vividly, others in a fog.
I think that I am content with where I am at the moment. Certainly I miss things and people that were previously in my life and are no longer. I know that I have missed opportunities, could have been kinder at times, and should have reached out a bit more. I have some regrets, those I hold close to my heart. I’ve read that life is like a tapestry and that all of what we have lived so far are the threads that are woven together to make our unique pattern. Peace in the present, gratitude for the past, hope for the future.