What Could Have Been..? Exploring the Paths Not Taken: Embracing Life's 'What-Ifs' with Empowerment - Cari Kenzie

Episode #37What Could Have Been..? Exploring the Paths Not Taken: Embracing Life’s ‘What-Ifs’ with Empowerment

Cari Kenzie 25 April 2024

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Podcast Description:

Hey there, friends!

In this episode, I delve into a theme that haunts many of us: the notion of “What Could Have Been.” It’s a question that often visits us in quiet moments, what if we had chosen differently at life’s many crossroads?

Recently, while reflecting on a personal setback at a marathon, I confronted this very question. The disappointment reminded me of past decisions where I hadn’t stayed true to myself. This got me thinking about the broader implications of our choices and the authenticity of our paths.

I shared how we often romanticize alternate outcomes without recognizing that every step we’ve taken has shaped us into who we are. Our journeys, no matter how rugged, are necessary for our growth and learning. The idea isn’t to regret but to realize that even missed opportunities or perceived failures contribute profoundly to our personal narrative.

What if we viewed every choice not as a misstep but as a stepping stone towards deeper understanding and self-acceptance? This shift in perspective is what I aim to offer—encouragement to embrace every aspect of our journey, knowing it leads us to where we need to be.

Join me in this heartfelt exploration as we learn to appreciate our paths, accept our present, and anticipate a future where all experiences enrich our lives. Let’s transform our “what could have been” into powerful lessons of resilience and affirmation of our choices.





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Episode Minute By Minute Breakdown:

  • 0:00 – Welcome to the Show: Cari introduces the episode and teases the exploration of
    “What Could Have Been?”
  • 0:40 – Reflecting on Choices: Discussion about how different decisions might have
    changed her life, inspired by a recent marathon experience.
  • 1:32 – Marathon Story: Shares the story of her unexpected end at the 2022 marathon
    and the subsequent reflection on self-honoring choices.
  •  2:49 – Wider Implications: Cari connects her personal story to broader life choices and
    how they shape our experiences.
  • 3:58 – Healing and Regret: Talks about dealing with regret and anger from past decisions
    through a client’s story that mirrors her own.
  •  5:12 – What Ifs of Life: Explores potential outcomes of different life choices and
    discusses accepting past decisions.
  • 7:54 – Acceptance and Understanding: Cari shares insights on acceptance, using a
    personal analogy involving ‘Devil’s Snare’ from Harry Potter to illustrate letting go.
  • 10:23 – Empowering Reflections: Encourages listeners to embrace their life choices and
    learn from them, fostering resilience and self-awareness.
  • 15:36 – Join the community and how to connect directly with Cari!

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