There are no “Do Overs” in Life


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You know what I love about video games? Is that if I really mess up I can erase the game I was playing and start all over again. With the knowledge I have learned I can do better the second, third time around that I play.

Unfortunately life is not life that.

Even if you believe in reincarnation (from Buddhist standpoint), the only thing that reincarnates is your Karma, not memories from your past life. So even though you have a chance to live life all over again. The circumstances could be different, you could end up being an animal.

Life isn’t a video game. You can’t turn the console off, turn it back on, and start the game all over again with the exact same parameters.

If you blow all your money in real life, you can’t call do over, look to the heavens and expect someone to bail you out (we aren’t banks after all). If you screw all during high school, you can’t go to your principal and ask for a do over so that way you have a better chance to get into college.

When you mess up in life, you don’t have a chance to start all over again. You can’t, it is impossible. You have to start from where you are currently at and change your behavior.

I know this is what some people mean when they say do over. There are those people out there that believe that no matter what happens, they can start all over again. That by ignoring what happened, the actions the committed, the people they hurt, and the words they said makes it as though nothing ever happened.

That is not the case.

Yes, you can move on from your current situation and try to better yourself. I am all for that! Still, you can’t ignore your past mistakes, you must learn from them, and realize that they are still a part of you. You can’t act as though as it never happened.

Unfortunately I have known a few people (my age and older) that believe “Do Overs” will erase their past mistakes and make everything better.

I hate to break it to you, but it won’t.


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