If I knew then what I know now…

Be The Change 2013 (@bethechange2013) 9 years, 5 months ago

If I knew then what I know now, what would you have done differently?

Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing? How often have we said to ourselves ‘if only I knew that then, if only I did that, everything would have been completely different.’ It always seems so obvious afterwards, right? There are many people that would benefit massively from your experience, from the hard earned insights you’ve gained.

“Your hindsight is another person’s foresight.”

What would you have done differently?


March 19, 2013 at 5:12 am
ishetat (5) (@ishetat) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

What happened took into account all actual variables and reactions by every interdependent aspect of the event.

I’m not denying that things may have been better had the person acted differently, but not as good as some people would believe. There is no way you could know for sure how someone else would have reacted or what other chain of events you may have put into motion. The only thing you can know is that your action(s) would have been different.

All that said and done…I would say that hindsight lets us become more refined versions of ourselves. We wont make the same mistake again, we wont leave the same thing unsaid, we wont drop the ball just because we were pissed off at the time.

TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@bethechange2013, I would not have taken things and people so seriously, when there was nothing around to take seriously. I would have goofed off more. I know, I know. Not exactly profound material. I would not have let things get to me, and just had an all-around better time.

Simon (15) (@taoisman) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I would not have let some people use me, and I would have tried harder to always keep love in my heart. For when it truly matters, you might not realise. Though at times hope may be all you can muster, you can’t afford to grow accustomed to strife. Love has to always fill you up. It is the only way for some of us. The only chance.

Be The Change 2013 (5) (@bethechange2013) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@theskafish, Hey awesome, I really resonate and with what you’ve shared. We are compiling all these answers in forming a body of knowledge, wisdom and experience to help others. Would you mind copying and posting your comment at: http://www.thebenefitofhindsight.org/ ?

Be The Change 2013 (5) (@bethechange2013) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@taoisman, Simon, thank you so much, that is really touching!!! I can feel that you yourself must have gone through a lot of pain in order to write with feeling what you have. I resonate strongly with what you are saying… making a commitment to be constantly nurturing a feeling of love inside us… THANK YOU.

Similarly Simon, in order to help us build this body of knowledge, wisdom and experience would you mind submitting it here: http://www.thebenefitofhindsight.org/

Simon (15) (@taoisman) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@bethechange2013, Indeed. I have shared it on your site.

Anonymous (251) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I wish I knew not to focus on the ‘then’ and to simply live in the ‘now’.

Martin (7) (@martinv) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I would say “yes” more often to new and different things and experience, and have a firmly “no” to the things I never really wanted and done just to look good. This dilemma ruin people.

I learned that Study is not the only way, and it’s not the “best” everyone can do, it’s not for everyone, but also I can say that study can open up your mind really hard and whatever it is your study, you can apply it to every single thing in the future. This drives me to the idea of wasting time studying something just for parental/society pressure, ending with a career you don’t like enough. Some things take time for some people.

If I knew then every person is different and every person drives itself just by emotions, I would’ve shut up at some moments and tried to wear the shoes of others to get closer to it’s reality.

I think I can write more but I have to remember…

Dreamer (25) (@heartbeat) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@bethechange2013, I would dare to do more, because nothing really happens if you don’t do anything, and if you dare to do something it is not half as worse as you imagined.

I would not assume I understand or feel someone because I don’t really know what someone thinks, I can only know from my own experience what someone might think but I never know for sure, so I would ask literally to someone “what are you thinking” instead of assuming things that are not even true.

I would not go from the worst scenerio possible and then act out of fear…just chill and relax breath in and out and trust in a good development of circumstances haahah…

I would be more true to myself instead of what other people might believe or think..to find out what you really believe or want.

I would focus more on personal skills you can develop for your life instead of study results.

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