The idea for this blog’s topic came when I was listening to one of my all time favourite songs by Frank Sinatra, “My way”. Part of the lyrics goes thus:

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
I saw it through, without exemption
I planned each chartered course
Each careful step along the by-way
And more, much more than this
I did it, my way.

Unlike Old Blue Eyes, I have had many regrets but, like him, I did what I had to do and saw through all of them without exception.

In all honesty though, I can’t say that I planned each  chartered course, each careful step along the by-ways. In most cases the seeing through was just giving the regret enough time.

I list some of the regrets that I still am wistful about in the order that they happened.

  1. My inability to join the Indian Navy due to my myopia.
  2. Breaking up with my first lady love due to religious differences.
  3. Inability to join the Indian Army during the Emergency Commission Scheme despite having been selected, due to pressure from my family not to.
  4. Not serving the entire employment period till retirement with an organisation where I had worked for 26 years, due to differences of opinion on policies and my personal commitments.
  5. Not being able to complete a contract with another employer due to family constraints.
  6. These were the major regrets that I had but, like all of us, I have had many more small ones which did not bother me too much.

For those who would like to hear Old Blue Eyes, it gives me great pleasure to include this video.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 3 On 1 blog posts where Sanjana, Shackman and I write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been suggested by me. Please do go over to the other two blogs to see what they have to say on the same topic. Thank you.

12 thoughts on “Regrets.”

  1. What a lovely post – I love ‘My Way’, it’s always been one of my favorite songs. I am pleasantly surprised that at your age you have so few regrets to list! Well-written post as always.
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  2. I could have predicted your musical choice and enjoyed reading your comments. An interesting conclusion to our series of posts that surrounded the same topic.

  3. I don’t believe I have any regrets Ramana, I figure every place, person, thing, circumstance made me who I am now, and I am happy with her most of the time.

    Can’t abide Frankie, I know I’m out on a limb there. He was a nasty piece of work and I do believe the personal and the professional have bearing on each other while respecting those who don’t.


  4. Like www, I have no regrets about my life. My approach is that I did my best in whatever circumstances I found myself in, and if that didn’t work out as intended, well, I just apologised or tried something different. I’m only human and sometimes I make mistakes. No point in beating myself up about them.

    1. I think that most of us do end up without regrets but, there are some who simply will not or, cannot let go of their bad experiences. They suffer unnecessarily and little can be done about it.

  5. Alright !!
    Not too bad, don’t worry about the second regret, who knows it might have been worse! Inability to join the Navy, that is a loss for both sides I’m sure. A neat beard suits you, I think I told you, you look (used to?) a close cousing of Sean Connery.

  6. I can’t say that I have any regrets. I have sometimes wondered what my life would have been like had I made some other choices but don’t presume to think they might have been more to my liking. I think people often presume positive outcomes from other choices than from those they made when the reality is they might have become disasters.
    I never cared for Sinatra as a singer until he became older. My enjoyment of his voice, song choices and interpretations is not lessened by how he led his personal life. “My Way” is a favorite.

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