Recently, a colleague bumped into me and somehow my reaction to this was to think that if only I had thought to stand further out of the way, he wouldn't have bumped into me. I found myself saying sorry to someone about something that I shouldn't have been sorry for.
My irrational apology was basically saying, "Sorry for being in the way when I wasn't in the way." I began to question what else I was or had been sorry for, and made a decision to no longer be sorry for the following:
I'm not sorry for:
1. Who I am.
There's a reason why all of us are born as the people we are.
2. For not being a person that someone else wants me to be.
Nobody else can live my life, and there's nothing wrong with living life the way that I want to.
3. For not being perfect.
There's no such thing as perfect.
4. For having an opinion.
We're all allowed to form ideas based on our experiences.
5. For messing up.
Mistakes are inevitable and I have something to learn from them.
6. For loving someone.
My intention is to spread love. Sometimes I get it back and sometimes I don't. Regardless of the outcome, I won't miss out on an opportunity to love someone.
7. For feeling.
Feelings remind me that I am alive.
8. For asking someone to do something.
The worst thing that they can say is no.
9. For forgetting sometimes.
All of us forget, what can we do?
10. For failing or falling.
Both of these actions re-route our journeys and we often end up having acquired more knowledge and wisdom than we had previously thought.
11. For taking my time.
My time belongs to me.