The Safest Route, Regretted

Natalie Serba, whose book Shout Her Lovely Name was released last year to much praise, in an essay about regret—kind of: “It’d be simple to say I regret my choice not to go to the writing program, or my weeks at sea, or my marriage. Frankly, those are the regrets I thought I was writing toward when I began this essay. It turns out my regret is that my first important decisions were fear based. Rather than risking failure, rather than stepping fully into me, I took the safest route.” (thx Nancy)