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How many mistakes have you made that stick with you?

Asked by JLeslie (58422points) January 9th, 2011

Of course we all make mistakes. I have a few big ones that have probably drastically altered my life. Most of the time I can look at bad choices as something I learned from, and let it go. Part of a learning process, and in the end they fade as being perceived not as mistakes, but rather part of the journey.

But, I have five big ones that really made my life worse than it might have been. I know you can never know the path not taken, but it is how I feel. I don’t beat myself up about it all of the time, I figure everyone has things like this, we do the best we can at the time, but I wish I could go back.

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marinelife's avatar

I have a couple of biggies.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’d say I have a couple of not so big ones.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I have 2 very big mistakes. They’re the kind that altered my life irrevocably.

anartist's avatar

too many.
and the really big ones have ways of returning like ghosts of christmas past to gum up the present.

downtide's avatar

A couple. But I don;t fret about either of them. Things worked out okay in the end.

vocalthoughts's avatar

I’d say near enough everything I’ve succeeded at so far arose from making mistakes beforehand.. ESPECIALLY in work & sport… Conclusively: a shit load of mistakes.

kenmc's avatar

More than I’d like there to be.

faye's avatar

The liking the taste of booze one!!

Cruiser's avatar

I have said things that I would do just about anything to erase….

tranquilsea's avatar

I don’t know if they are mistakes per se. Bad timing, in the wrong place at the wrong time etc.

janbb's avatar

I have some faults and tendencies that I would much like to overcome. And I made some parenting errors that I would undo in a heartbeat if I could.

rooeytoo's avatar

One of my favorite AA speakers says there are no mistakes, only lessons. Using that way of thinking, I have had some hellishly painful lessons in my life. And thankfully I learned them well enough that they were worth the pain and the positive outcomes that resulted. I wouldn’t want to go through them again though, that is for sure!!!

That is why I do the one day at a time routine. Not to be confused with @Wundayatta, I have never done him!

Winters's avatar

A lot, I try to keep them all close, or at least I try to, as a preventative measure so I don’t make them.

SavoirFaire's avatar

About a half dozen. The odd thing is, they’re all fairly insignificant. I doubt anyone else would even remember they occurred if I brought them up. Yet every once in a while, one will hit me and I’ll have to shake my head to clear it.

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