On Being Erica and Life’s Regrets

being-erica-season1.jpgSo, I just spent approximately 10 out of the last 24 hours of my life watching the first 13 episodes of this Canadian TV show called "Being Erica" (Season 1) on DVD.

In a nutshell, it's about a 30-something single woman called Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk) who had everything going for her --- except, her life hasn't turned out to be quite like what she hoped. Unable to keep even a dead-end job, even unable to maintain a good relationship, and with a lot of other baggage, she ended up meeting a mysterious, quote-loving, philosophical "Dr Tom" (Michael Riley). In her therapy sessions, Dr Tom gave her a chance to face up to her regrets - and several opportunities to "do her life over". But, revisiting the past and "doing things over" can't ever be simple. And, she has to learn valuable lessons, including the realisation that it's not about changing the past, but learning how to deal with it that will make all the difference.

Now, I've never heard of "Being Erica" before I came across the DVD series in my local library. Although I saw somewhere that it may have been shown some time last year here in Australia via ABC2. In any case, even though I wasn't familiar with the series, I'm glad I stumbled upon it. I really enjoyed watching the series, and I can't wait to get a hold of Season 2 (it's apparently been shown in Canada already, and there's a possibility of Season 3).

Sure, the concept is a bit bizarre, what with the time travel thing and all that. But, being a fan of fantasy, that sort of thing never rattles me. But yeah, there are some odd stuff around the whole thing that did make me raise my eyebrow a few times. But, I loved it anyway. Seeing the 80s and the 90s again... Even the introspection, the philosophical ideas, and the quotations (not to mention the soundtrack!) all worked for me. Yes, including the lead actor, Tyron Leitso (he played the character Ethan Wakefield, Erica's best guy friend since University) --- really cute. 🙂 I even enjoyed seeing bits and pieces of Toronto on the screen, as it reminds me of my visit there (waves to my Canadian friends!).

The only thing that really bugged me about it is that the main actress (Erin Karpluk) - especially in character - reminded me too much of someone who brings up unpleasant memories in my life (think along the lines of Julienne, Erica's boss in the publishing company, during the Ice Queen b*tch stage...).   

Anyway... one thing that I can't help doing when I watched this series is ask questions like: "What's my Regrets List really like?" and "If I had the chance to do things over, what will I change?" and "Which part of my life would I like to revisit?"  

I mean, sure, I've thought about regrets like most people. And, I've wondered about re-doing things. But, I wonder, if I sat down and actually listed my regrets like Erica did in this series, what would my list look like? What would I regret the most?

Honestly, I'm not quite sure, as I haven't really taken the time to write down those past mistakes and difficulties. As someone who does a lot of introspection, I find that fact very strange. I guess, writing down one's regrets can be really confronting. Maybe one of these days, I'll face up to the task.

How about you? Have you ever thought about your own regrets in life? Have you ever listed them down? If there's something you can revisit in your past, what would it be? What would you change?

Oh, and here are some of my favourite quotes from Season 1:

"Learn to be what you are, and learn to resign with good grace all that you are not." ~ Henry Frederick Emile

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." ~ Albert Einstein

"The life which is unexamined is not worth living." ~ Plato

"We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way." ~ John Halt

"Those that fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it." ~ Winston Churchill

"The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere." ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

and one of my favourite quotes of all time...

"It takes a lot of courage to grow up and be who you really are." ~ e.e. cummings

{ Buy "Being Erica" (Season 1) from Fishpond }

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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