--also described as errors of commission
are easier to remedy than errors of omission
. When we do, or say something we regret, often we can apologize, or try again, in a different way.
With things left undone we are left with only the mistake and the missed opportunity, frequently there is no way to go back and try again.
Many adults (older than the age of 20) speak about regret much more than "youthful mistakes." This is why most older people
encourage youth to gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
old Irish saying:
"I have done the things I should not have done,
I have left undone the things I should have done,
and there is no good in me."