10 April 2008

lament and regret

So I know regret is an all too well discussed topic of conversation. I don't regret anything because it's gotten me to where I am today is one of those common cliches. Is regret such a bad thing? I mean, I guess if it is consuming your present day life, sure, that would be bad. But having a little regret over missed opportunities or things that went wrong or bad or that you would simply do over again if you got the chance, that teaches you something you can take with you when you make future decisions. Maybe that's the same thing as saying I don't regret anything because it's gotten me to where I am today just with the acknowledgement of regret.

Anyway just something I was thinking about today, and it has nothing to do with major things like, I wished I'd finished my degree in Art instead of English or I wish I'd studied better in school, no, my big one is that I never saw Elliott Smith. I mean, sure, I never saw Zeppelin, or Nirvana, or the Beatles, but I could have seen Elliott Smith. A number of times. And I didn't. It was always like, oh, Elliott Smith is playing, we should go. And then it would be like, nah, we're too busy, we'll catch him next time. Ha. Next time. Silly us. Maybe I've lamented about this before, but I'm lamenting it again.

Is lament the same as regret? I lament a lot of things. But today I regret never getting to see Elliott Smith in concert.

From Answers.com
To feel regret.n.
A sense of loss and longing for someone or something gone.
A feeling of disappointment or distress about something that one wishes could be different.

lament
v.tr.
To express grief for or about; mourn: lament a death.
To regret deeply; deplore: He lamented his thoughtless acts.

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