Shannon Philpott

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching

No Regrets: Life is a Luxury

9-11flagWTCI used to live my life haunted by regrets, wishing I’d made different choices, taken the other road, and seized opportunities that were right in front of my face. 

I regretted not reaching out to people that needed it the most, I regretted wasting my time in unhealthy relationships, I regretted not truly investing myself in college the first time around, I regretted growing up too fast, and I regretted blocking family members out of my life at times. 

But as I sit today, on the anniversary of 9/11, and reflect upon how the life I’ve enjoyed is a luxury, I clearly see that regrets are unnecessary.

I’m human and as humanly possible, I’ve learned from every positive and negative experience in my life. I learned that being dumped by a boy did not cause the world to stop; instead, it taught me strength and the importance of bouncing back. I learned that when family members and friends let you down, it strengthens your ability to be a better person and a better friend. I learned that when you fail at something, it increases motivation to succeed at something else.

 I’m blessed to have the freedoms and luxuries I do. I’m blessed to have two healthy children who have shown me the value of unconditional love. I’m blessed to have a loving mate who completes me. I’m blessed to have a close-knit family and a supporting group of friends. Most of all, I’m blessed to have life, a luxury nearly 3,000 people lost eight years ago.

 Life’s too short for regrets.

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– Shannon Philpott
Blog Entry: Sept. 11, 2009

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September 11, 2009 - Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Well said…I remember that day holding Hannah so tight and thanking God our family was ok. I remember our trips to New York and my heart aching for those families. It still does…Life is too short..You are right…No regrets..Thank you for reminding us what we have…I love you…

    Comment by Dana | September 13, 2009 | Reply


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