Regret is a funny thing. Nearly all situations we encounter in life are replayed and dissected, each one's essence distilled into a "How could we have handled it better?" response. Sure, this is great for growth and learning from our experiences. But one could argue (I am!) that we would not have learned the lessons we needed to learn without regrets.
Don't think about them as "regrets."
What about learnings? Or experiences? Instead of thinking "I wish I would have done this," why not think "I'm glad I did that because I learned this."
Life is all about perspective.
Glass half-empty vs. glass half-full.
Looking on the bright side.
Optimism vs. pessimism.
There are endless phrases and expressions to talk about the contrasting perspectives in life. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, in his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big puts it best:
The short answer is that over the years I have cultivated a unique relationship with failure. I invite it. I survive it. I appreciate it. And then I mug the shit out of it.
Failure and regret are two sides of the same coin generally. We usually can't have one without the other. The failure leads to regret. The regret came as a result of the failure.
But only if you don't embrace failure, and if you choose to live in your regrets.
Change your perspective. Embrace failure, learn from it, and make a decision to avoid feeling any regret because everything that happens to you happens because it needs to in order to get you where you need to be.
Living with regret is a needless time-waster. Live with life, experience, and the ability to look on the bright side.