For some of the men, though, the road they took seems to have fortuitously led them to the very road they didn't. One study participant, who had regretted not pursuing an artistic career, now sees that he was a kind of artist after all: an artist at mentoring young associates in his law firm. Another came to view his vineyard as "his second girlfriend." By reinterpreting his life, a man can conclude that he has indeed realized what once seemed like a lost possibility. Regret ebbs.