Seattle is a beautiful city, or it was when I lived there back in the 1990s. So when I moved there, I was determined to enjoy Seattle’s glory by getting an apartment with a fantastic view. The problem was, views cost money. But with some compromise, a good view was possible. My compromise was that my apartment was very close to a major road.
I was sure I could get use to the traffic noise in exchange for the scenic window panoramas and the convenience of shopping and parks. But within a year, that traffic noise appeared to get louder and louder and my nerves were really on edge. I underestimated the downsides of my compromise. I overestimate my ability to overlook things that irritated me from the beginning. So within 3 months of realizing my mistake, I moved.
Unfortunately not all mistakes are as easy to cut and leave. Readers, do you have any to share? I have several others – obviously.