I read this statement yesterday and it gave me pause:
"…in general people regret inactions rather than actions. There's actually a whole field of study in social psychology related to this phenomenon. It has to do with "counterfactual thinking. If you do something, you will know what the results were, for better or worse, and deal with it. If you FAIL to do something, you always imagine it having the best possible outcome, and it becomes this idealized scenario in your mind."Is this true for you?"
Back in December 2004, I decided I was moving to Paris. Why? Because. Just, because. Seriously, there was no real reason other than I've just always wanted to live in another country and I speak enough French to manage so, BAM, Paris it was. (yes, I have visited the city before, I wasn't going sight unseen)
I was so committed I told my parents and friends 'cause I wanted to talk it into life. I started preparing to go and had compiled a bunch of freelancing contacts, resources for African-American ex-pats, hairstylists, places to live and so on.