Where's the restart button?

@foxyfire33 (10009)
United States
May 23, 2008 1:17pm CST
I am totally stealing this idea from my ex-hubby who first posed the question on his blog, but I thought it was a good enough question to bring here...and he won't mind since we think alike anyway. I'm sure a lot of us have reached a point in our lives where we feel like so much has gone wrong that we can't possibly get it all straightened out...and that's where the restart button would come in handy. One push of the button and we go back to right before the problems started so we can try again to get it right. Made a huge mistake? No problem, hit the restart button and it's all good again. One of the points he made though was that there are so many times he probably would have reached for it that the one time he really needed it, it would have been broken. So, if you had a restart button for your life, would you have used it whenever or saved it for the one big thing that absolutely had to be fixed? What kind of things would you want to fix if you could...or are you the kind of person who can honestly say that no matter how bad things got, you had no regrets? I can think of a few little things I wish were different but I actually wouldn't change the one big thing in my life that didn't work out. I may not be happy now but some good things did come out of it and I couldn't erase that.
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@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
26 May 08
I definitely need one of those! There are so many times it would have come in handy. In college a few times I would have loved to have the option to go back and undo a few small mistakes. I also think I would like to go back and start over with my marriage and how I let myself be allowed to deal with my stepson. Maybe he would have finished HS if I had a little more influence with him. Maybe he wouldn't have gotten into so much trouble early on.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
26 May 08
You know I hadn't thought of the stepson part but yeah, I wish I'd handled that differently too for the same reasons. I only did two semester in college but there are some high school things I might do differently...but only if I could put things back when I was finished "playing" LOL
@whittby (3073)
• United States
25 May 08
I'd take a restart button. I have regrets and I've learned to live with them, but there are definitely a few areas where I would have made different choices and done things differently. A restart button might be somewhat like the movie "Groundhog Day"? Interesting concept. Things I would like to fix would include job choices, going back to school earlier in my life.
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
25 May 08
I am very much like you in this matter. Sure, there have some things gone wrong, but there has good come from it as well. I really can't think of anything big that I would want to restart. I am sure that there are some little things but I can't think of one right now though.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
26 May 08
LOL...it's alright, even as I wrote the discussion I was sure I would change little things but couldn't think of what they might be.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
23 May 08
Oh wow, you are asking at a bad time.. I can't talk, my throat and head hurts and the kids are not listening.. And I can sit here and think of all the times I would hit that restart button besides today and if it was possible, mine would be broken..
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
25 May 08
That is just what the predicament would be...do we make life a little easier by hitting the button every time we burned dinner or said the wrong thing or do we save it for the one big mistake that we regret but learned a lot from... Sorry you were having a rough day, I hope things are at least a little better now!
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@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
23 May 08
I have to say that I have no regrets in my life and for me everything happens for reasons, I learned from it and made me a stronger person. I can't think of any painful experience in my life and I am wishing and hoping not ever, there are light challenges but I still consider them as blessings since with all those, I learned how to become patient,innovative and I discover some strength within me! Love this topic!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
25 May 08
Thanks! And it really is so good to have such a positive attitude! Maybe someday I will be more at peace with things and feel the same way.
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
23 May 08
I have said something similar before.. but not a restart button, more like a delete button. Things that i've done, i wish i could release the memory into the abyss or something lol. Those sort of things used to keep me up at night, thinking about them, wHY'd i do that..what could have happened.. what didnt happen, what did happen. LOL. booze is evil. I wish i had a delete button ;)
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
25 May 08
oooh...that would be nice. Mine weren't booze induced but there are definitely things I wish I didn't have in my head!
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Your question is very thought-provoking, foxyfire, and, I must admit that after mulling it over a bit I decided it would be a no-win situation. I say this because thinking of all the mistakes I've made in the past each and every one of them seemed to be catastrophic-at the time. So the button would have done me very little good if I could only use it once or it would have been worn out long ago from overuse.
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I think i would leave everything the way it happened because if i erased what happened i would have have to erase the lessons that i learned from it. Also i can't think of any Hugh mistake that i made that something good didn't come from in the end.