When you were young, when you had money to splash, when you thought your wealth would bring you the clout the do what you would like.........fast forward may be after 15 or 20 years now the road.......you sigh and you were telling yourself, i should not have done all that....the story goes............
I was at a coffee shop with my lovely wife and we stumbled upon our old neigbour,"Albert", he was alone, we chatted for a while and he was the reason i wrote this here and may be to even serve as an reminder to myself.......regret,sometimes you can't even afford to have one.
Albert was once a rich "taukeh" (boss) running a car repair workshop mainly catering to those damaged cars from accidents and helping them to claim insurance and what not, back then this business was like "get rich quick" so money was not a problem for Albert.
He would leave his wife and his two younger children at home, he would go out every night, song , wine and women were to be in appetizer, main course and dessert on top of his dinner.....and with so much money to dispense, he got into gambling.......horse racing and that really caused his downfall.
The word "downfall" is suffice to describe the present 60 years old "Albert" the whole family has forsaken him many years ago, he was not even invited to his only son's wedding, can't even see his only grandson, living alone in a flat,left behind by his brother (thank god he still got a roof over his head)
At 60 years old, he still has to work in a car repair shop with inconsistent income, and may be the regrets were too overwhelming to him,he eventually quit drinking, smoking and gambling but he still cannot redeem himself from the faults he had done to his family..ditto
In life, we can be tempted by many many thing, girls,unethical business deals that will garner us ill gotten wealth and even the so called enjoyment that will entrap us into addiction that will eventually get us more regrets in later part of our lives........
Sometimes i really think i am poor but then again i know i am always and forever will be rich in HIM.
P/S : Regret should not be a word in itself,if we know how to begin with the end in mind