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5 Things I Regret Taking for Granted

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Warning for #FreeWriteFridayBlogs, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. Today’s LONG post doesn’t have too much drama. Hmmm just a little bit, though.  Go ahead, read on. πŸ™‚

I was about to sleep tonight when the thought of how I easily take things for granted just popped in my mind, and somehow, reminded me that it’s Friday and I’m supposed to do some freewriting today.

It’s 5 minutes past 11pm, so I only have an hour to finish this until Friday’s over, technically. Anyway, let me start..

"When you take things for granted, the things you are granted, get taken." - Unknown Mommy Wanders

“When you take things for granted, the things you are granted, get taken.” – Unknown

So yeah, let’s not take things for granted or they will be taken away from us. Sadly, I am one of those people who tends to easily take things for granted. I don’t know how this (uncaring state) started, but I realize I’m not the type who takes extra extra care of what I have, especially to things I’ve been wishing for to have, before. 
There were many times when I prayed and worked so hard for something, but when I finally received them, my excitement just lasts for a while. One day I’m so attached, then a day comes when I seem to not care anymore. At least, not that much than before. And the next thing I know, those things are either gone or broken. 
BOOM, I just took them for granted. Why? πŸ™
I don’t want to be too dramatic here so I’ll only share the things that happened recently. I’m not gonna talk about the old things that I regretted because I’m sure it’ll be a long list, and which would include things like failed relationships and missed opportunitiesOh those things I’d rather talk when I’m drunk, you know. πŸ˜›
So let me share what’s going on lately..

5 Things I Regret Taking for Granted

1. Health
Last Tuesday, Zion got sick. He had a mild fever and a cough. His fever lasted for two days, but he still have a cough to this day. I regret not paying much attention to his cough the first day he had it (which was before he had a fever), he would have been fine now if I immediately took extra care for his health.

2. Part-time Income 
I just ended my internship this month, and I haven’t taken any full-time job yet since then. Now, I am relying, financially, on some part-time income. Though I am fully aware of my tight budget, I still made unnecessary expenditures this week which I really regret. God, I never learn!

3. Gadgets
Personally, I don’t care about the latest phones and gadgets and I don’t go gaga over electronics, or any material things, for that matter. If I buy one, that’s usually because I need it. Well, not really “need” as in necessity, but more of “need” like I need it for something. An investment, I’d say.

So far, I only made 3 pricey material  investments for myself. My Entry-level DSLR Camera (2nd hand), an old model Laptop (2nd hand), and my Smartphone. All of these I consider investments since I use them to bring money to the table. I mean, as a tool to earn (laptop) or help me earn better (camera & phone).

What I regret now for taking them for granted is that they aren’t working as great now as before, which could be a  result from misuse and abuse. Ugh I suck at handling things with care.

4. Special time with kids
When I was still working full-time, I spent most of my time away from the kids. I always imagined how wonderful life would be if I just worked from home, that way I get to have more special time with the kids. But now that I’m staying home full-time, I don’t know what “special time” is anymore.

I feel like I spend most of my time being mad at them – there’s yelling, repeating instructions, saying NO, picking dirty clothes, stopping their fight, demanding them to eat or sleep, and everything else in a cycle. And I do all these in between working something online, which makes working from home so frustrating. I failed big time at time management. I really regret all those precious time and energy wasted on unnecessary household drama. But most of all, I regret the things I’ve said and done to my kids every time I get upset.

5. Blog
As some of you may know, this blog is fairly new. It’s my first time to purchase my own domain and invest a significant time working on the overall design and layout. I used to just wish for this – a decent dot com (.com) blog and be part of a blogging community.

Now that I’m granted with both, I learned that there’s too much work involved that’s somehow consuming my energy to blog. It’s sucking my motivation. I’m not complaining, but I just find it overwhelming, really.

What I regret is that I’m now too focused on the technical side of blogging lately like customizing the template (finally removed the slider!), checking stats, getting traffic, etc., instead of focusing on the actual blog content – which should have been my priority.

Lately, I don’t feel I’m writing good enough. I’m mostly relying on this Free-Write Friday Blogs Series just to come up with something to post, AND not really taking the time to  write something well-thought of.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll get over these feelings in time.

These 5 things I regret taking for granted may not really matter in the future, but for now, I really need to evaluate myself on these things. Writing these, in fact, made me realize many of my shortcomings. I just honestly hope I could work things out very soon to fix those that can still be fixed. Tryin’ to be optimistic here. πŸ™‚

How about you, do you have any regrets recently? If so, what were they? Share them in the comments below! πŸ™‚

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  • Reply Rea Alducente

    I have many regrets in my life BUT I already acknowledged them to improve myself and be better everyday. When I do something and feel a tinge of regret, I immediately just shooo the idea away. Most of the time my regrets come from wasted time and wasted money. I just tell myself "charged to experience" or "better luck next time".. πŸ˜‰

    August 29, 2015 at 3:04 am
  • Reply Rose Angelie

    Oh that's a great way to easily overcome regrets, Rea. Each one of us has our own "haay sayang" moments talaga, but it's really a matter of having a positive attitude on these things. Most of the time, I could "forget and move on" too quickly from these as I don't lament on "regret" for long, but just recently, I can't help but feel a bit unhappy how these 5 things happened almost all at the same time.

    I appreciate you for opening up and sharing your insights. Thank you, Rea! πŸ˜‰

    August 29, 2015 at 10:45 am
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