I'm curious to how others will find this, particularly Peaseblossom in light of her recent
thread. It doesn't capture it as neatly as Tony did, as it doesn't have the same proactive quality, but anyway...Ne regrette tu rien?
Je ne regrette rien! I have seen all the pain that the world can offer, and still I go on. Indeed, I would say that I would not be who I am without it. I may tremble, but rarely do I crumble. And when I do, I pick myself back out of the debris, and exclaim 'I am more than I am before!' I never discount the pain and suffering I experience. Never minimise it. But I would never have it taken away. Truly, je ne regrette rien!
Je ne regrette rien! I would never want to go without suffering. How would I be the person I am without it? If it finally put me under, so be it - but I am made of stronger stuff. Can you say the same?
Je ne regrette rien! Whatever you do, however much pain you bring on, you cannot erode me. No matter how bad it gets, I will endure. You can throw everything at me - in fact, I defy you, willfully, to do so - and at the end of it, I will endure.
Je ne regrette rien! And you will never hear me say so. When you hurt me, c'est la vie! When you challenge me, c'est la vie! When you defeat me, bien sur c'est la vie. I have a resolve of steel, and I will rattle the spear of destiny right back in your face, once I have overcome my own misfortune. Perhaps then you can reflect on your own experience, and what you regret.
Je ne regrette rien! I have lived my life, in ways others cannot imagine. Existence, in all its bloody glory and despair, has seized me, and I it, and we turn together in the embrace. This is my destiny, that I shall turn towards at every opportunity. And you? From your heart now. Do you embrace it all, or...do you regret?
edit for typos. Oh, and to say I speak french like a maori.