And now, I’m glad I didn’t know the way it all would end
the way it all would go.
And our lives are better left to chance.
I could have missed the pain, but I’d’ve had to miss the dance.
-Song lyrics from Garth Brooks’ “The Dance”
When people are asked if they could go back in time – and know “then” what they know now – would they make the same choices in their lives, would they do it all over again, I am always really interested to hear the responses!
I think that it is important to live without regrets and to live each day to the fullest, learning from our past, but never letting the past take away from the present or what the future can bring. Life is just not long enough to spend time wishing that the past could have been different or that you could change it.
I think that I like these lyrics specifically because even though there may have been certain choices or events in our lives that have at some point brought us pain, they may have also brought tremendous amounts of joy and happiness…and without that choice, without the pain, how do we know that we would necessarily have had the joy and happiness, too?