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Do you have any regrets about your life so far?

Asked by Sunny2 (18758points) February 18th, 2013

A question was asked about what you would do if you just dropped everything in your life and did what you most want to do. Having lived more than half of my life, I’m quite happy with who I am and what I’ve done. How do you size up your life right now? How would you have it be different?

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Pachy's avatar

A few regrets but nothing I’m not able to live with. One of them is that I wasn’t smarter about saving, investing and credit card usage a lot earlier in my life.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I have a few regrets, mostly personal, but I probably would have spent less time partying and more time studying when I was in my 20’s. I probably would not have sacrificed a few things for the love of men either.

burntbonez's avatar

I wish I had a significant other. Also, this is not a regret, but I wish I had had a chance to understand my parents relationship better.

lici92's avatar

I can’t say I have any major regrets. Everything I have done up to this point has gotten me to a good place in my life. I have had hard times, and I have also found it very easy to learn from others mistakes as well as my own. Nobody is perfect, and everyone hits a speed bump here and there. I am 20 years old, in college, have the best family, a wonderful boyfriend, and amazing friends.

I come from a family of alcoholics, so I don’t party. I don’t mind not drinking, and people always tell me I am missing out on the best years of my life. I see it as having a bright future that will come sooner than many of the partiers I know. So no major regrets for me. I just try to stay positive and look to the future.

wundayatta's avatar

Personally, I think regrets are stupid and useless. Your life cannot be other than it was. So I’m not wasting time on any regrets.

Having said that, if there was a time and space machine, and I could take myself back and meet someone sooner in life than I did, I would consider doing that. I would have liked to have been able to spend more time together. But I am grateful we even met at all. So I’m not worrying about how life could have been any different than it was.

Bellatrix's avatar

Nothing that makes me feel like I have let myself down but I do have things I wish I had done differently. I wish I had travelled more when I was young. I wish I had realised my own potential when I was younger. I wish I had played more with my children when they were younger. I wish I had been more courageous back then and taken more leaps of faith.

Mariah's avatar

Nothing major so far. I sort of wish I had gotten my colon out and adjusted my life priorities sooner so that high school would have been more fun, but it was a very natural process of denial that I went though. I am just glad I did make those decisions before it was too late and college got ruined too.

SamandMax's avatar

I have plenty of regrets, but thankfully my memory is failing me significantly – and I’m only in my 30s – so I won’t be able to remember all of them. I regret placing an absent father on a pedestal. He was a good soldier so I won’t deny him that, but he never has been much of a Dad.

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nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

No regrets. I don’t like who I am one bit. Do I regret it? Nope. I try everyday to change it. I only live in the past for a few things, those things I can’t have back and I certainly don’t regret any of it. It was all my choice. That’s the beauty of it. Some things were stupid choices and some were the best vegan cupcake choices ever! But they were all my choices.

Each year I’ve learned how to make more meaningful choices, that’s the other beautiful part about making stupid choices, you learn from them. And what kind of life is this if we each don’t continue to go to school and learn at the school of life. :)

So I have no regrets.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

I’ve done some things well, but I generally regret my entire life. When I ask myself the timeless question, “If you could get a do-over for ________, would you make a different choice?”, I almost always answer “yes.”

tedibear's avatar

I wish that I had gotten over my ex-husband the first time we broke up. We lived together, broke up, got back together, got married, got divorced. I learned things though, so I can’t say that the married time was a complete loss.

I also wish that I had put more effort into college. I went to a very good school and didn’t really get out of it what I could have.

fremen_warrior's avatar

If I could go back just two years and be less self-absorbed, I’d be in a better place in my life now, ironically.

RandomGirl's avatar

I do wish I had been less obnoxious as a child and young teenager. I was a smart aleck and brainiac. Every time I think about my 7nth grade year, I cringe. I also wish I hadn’t gotten so hooked on masturbation. It’s really messed me up.

zenvelo's avatar

As we say in Alcoholics Anonymous, “we neither regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.”

The only thing I regret is that I could have had a lot more sex when I was younger if I had only realized it.

Judi's avatar

If I knew then what I knew now I would probably do plenty differently, but really, all the good and the bad has led me to a pretty amazing place.

rojo's avatar

Regrets? Sure. Even though I try not to since it is unproductive.

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