People Share How They Made An Awkward Situation A Million Times Worse.
It's one thing to get yourself into an awkward situation - it's another to make it a million times worse. Here, 22 people share how they managed to do just that.
1/20. There was a guy that really needed to fart in class so he comes up with a brilliant idea. The idea was to take a textbook, drop it on the floor and fart at the same time so the loud THUMP would hide the sound of his fart. He picks up his textbook, drops it on the ground and a loud THUMP happens. Now the whole room is quiet and everybody is looking at him. And then he farts.
2/20. Me and my GF at the time where making out on my bed. There was also quite a lot of touchy feely (I was 13, doing things I probably shouldn't have been, but was proud of at the time).
So when I heard the front door open, which is right next to the door to my room, I hopped up faster than an animal noticing or was being hunted.
I look over at my girlfriend, she is trying to get her shirt and bra on quickly, with two arms in the head hole, her head in the shirt hole, the bra in her grasp just dangling hilariously, bare boobs just sorta there.
I look around for some sort of distraction, a way to give her time to get dressed and come up with a cover story, and so I grab a custom bionic toy I had created earlier (some sort of auto gun or whatever, bionics were cool AF) and I ran towards the door....
Too late. My uncle is standing there, and in his view he probably saw this:
Me standing there, my arm outstretched with a silly kids toy in it, pants around my ankles, and a look of pure desperation/fear on my face, and my girlfriend, (who he didn't know at the time) standing there in her hilarious shirt entanglement, boobs bouncing around frustratingly.
Needless to say, the extended family Olive Garden dinner that happened later was awkward for the 3 of us, but my uncle was a bro about it, he left the room, gave her time, didn't talk about it, gave me some condoms after dinner, and never told my parents.
3/20. Several years ago I was sitting at the lunch table, not listening to my friend. He finished his story and I said, "Cool story, needs more dragons." Apparently he was talking about his friend who had recently died in a house fire. I pay more attention to what people are saying now.
4/20. I was sharing a tent with my buddy and our mutual friend, a girl. I'm a heavy sleeper, but I awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of her whispering. I quickly realized she and my bro were having stealth sexy time right next to me. My response..."When is it my turn?" Silence followed...lots of silence...I went back to sleep.
5/20. A guy I know told a story of when he and his friends were kids having a bonfire in the backyard, roasting marshmallows and such, when they heard a bunch of firetrucks and commotion coming from just up the street.
They all ran to see what was going on and apparently a neighbor's house was burning to the ground. Like five alarms burning to the ground. The kid was looking around and saw that the whole family was outside and safe, but was staring at him and his friends in total disbelief.
Apparently in their rush to see what was going on, they brought whatever was in their hands with them and were now standing in front of this family's burning house with marshmallows on sticks.
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6/20. I wore my headset in the office to listen to music and to take calls as needed. It was a great headset because it canceled out a lot of noise.
One day, one of the guys is saying something about going that I can't make out all that well, but I see him getting ready to step out. Hoping it was for a coffee run, I asked "Oooooh, where are you going?"
I didn't understand the shocked stares from the people around me until after he left silently and they explained that he was fired.
I never lived that one down and every time I run into a former colleague, they bring it up.
7/20. During high school, there was this girl whose mother had passed away from cancer the previous year. Well, to make things worse, her father was also pretty sick. One day, in the middle of history class, someone from the school administration comes into the classroom and privately pulls her aside to tell her the bad news: her father was dead.
Everyone in the classroom understood what was going on, and there was silence, and everyone felt really bad for her. You could see the pity on everyone's face.
Then this kid named Kevin who was late for class comes in, sees everyone's faces and says "WTF, DID SOMEONE DIE OR WHAT?"
Then the whole class shouted "KEVIN SHUT THE F*CK UP".
8/20. Once I had a teacher let me do a presentation after school. I missed the days before when the presentations were going on so really I could only do it after school. Presenting to one person is kind of weird though. My teacher was young and awkward, but really likeable and definitely didn't want to be as awkward as he was. Anyway, my teacher was probably making sure I wasn't too nervous or whatever and he asked me, "Are you comfortable doing this?"
Now I'm not sure why but I just said, "Yeah. Are you comfortable doing this?"
Ugh it made it so much weirder.
9/20. First Thanksgiving with my girlfriends (now wife's) family. Table full of her relatives. Don't know many. As the new guy there, some of the uncles/cousins would make untoward remarks about me and her getting physical in a romantic way to try and rile up her father.
At one point, someone made a passing joke that she was pregnant. Immediately afterwards, the conversation at the table got quiet as group conversations tend to do. Unfortunately it was at this exact moment that I chose to finally respond to one of the uncle's jests. While everyone became quiet I simultaneously uttered the words, "And we're keeping this one."
10/20. I was at my ex-girlfriend's grandmother's funeral reception. I dropped and broke a plate. Awkward enough.
But my response after the room has gone quiet and everyone is staring at me?
"See, this is why you can't take me to nice places."
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11/20. Freshman year of high school, gym class. Our class shared the locker rooms with the weight lifting class. So a bunch of tiny freshman having to change/shower in a locker room full of juniors/seniors that are MUCH farther along in puberty.
The routine was simple. Undress, walk to the shower with your towel wrapped around yourself. Hang up your towel outside the showers, clean, towel off and wrap up. Get dressed.
Everything was going well, until it was time to dry off. My towel is gone, someone took my towel. I had plenty of options, I chose the most embarrassing one.
I strode into the middle of the locker room, buck naked. I planted my feet apart in an aggressive stance. One that just happened to also let my genitals be as visible as possible, which I only realized AFTER I had planted my feet.
I shout out to the whole room "WHO THE F*CK TOOK MY TOWEL?!"
Dead silence. I now have close to 60 other males in various state of undress all staring at my nude, pale form.
Someone quietly asks what color my towel was.
Still naked, still angry, I shout out my reply.
At that point someone threw me my towel and I strode away to get dressed.
Outwardly I handled it well, inside I was crying.
12/20. A girl asked to have a sip of my drink as I was chewing on ice. Not knowing what to do with the ice, I spit it back into the drink. She seemed upset and as she began to say "never mind" I assured her I could remedy the situation by digging my disgusting fingers through the drink to get the ice out. That girl is now my wife of 8 years.
Just kidding I never talked to her again.
13/20. I was at a housewarming party being held by the girls that lived in the apartment above us. We only knew a couple of the girls who lived there, but the place was full of their friends (mostly other college girls).
Anyway, out on the balcony I was getting introduced to a few people, and was shaking a couple of hands. The next girl I went to shake hands with put out her left hand instead of the normal right. Thinking she was trying to be weird or pretentious I said, laughing:
"What's with the weird handshake?"
The balcony went silent. The most earth-shattering awkward silence I've ever heard. I glanced down and the girl's right hand was horrifically burned. Like, it was deformed and lifeless.
I said nothing and waited for the conversation to move on, which it did, even though I was still getting looks from everyone there for the rest of the night.
14/20. A lady tells the man next to me, "Nice shirt!" I say thanks thinking she was speaking to me. I then notice she wasn't and I said, "What about mine?" I got a big glare
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15/20. I was at a chain fast food restaurant and one of the girls making my sub sandwich had a mark on her neck, pretty obvious it was from her boyfriend biting her. So I say, "Did your dog bite you?" and she smiles and says, "Yeah kinda."
Fast forward a couple days, same restaurant but different girl making sandwich and she also has a mark on her neck. I use the same line again but another girl working there starts shaking her head and motioning me to shut up. Upon closer inspection, I see that it's not a hickey. It's a rash or a birthmark or acne, something that probably isn't going away anytime soon. I'm smooth like that.
16/20. First time ever having sex.
There was silence.
Then I spoke:
"Better out than in, I always say."
We didn't have sex again for 3 months after that.
17/20. I work at a local self-serve frozen yogurt shop. It's not too much of a hassle. People come in and take some froyo, add some toppings, get me to weigh it for them so I can determine how much to charge them for their yogurt. Not really too much there to mess up.
I remember it was dead quiet one afternoon and an elderly gentleman came in. He went to weigh it up and pay, everything was great. At the end of the transaction he said, "Have a nice day", and absentmindedly, I replied, "Love you too".
He looked at me for a moment and said, "Haha, what?" This wouldn't be too bad usually. People slip up, it happens. All I had to do was say, "Haha whoops, sorry. I meant you too", but in an effort to not appear like an idiot, I quickly followed up with, "Sorry, you reminded me of my dad". I have no idea why that's the first thing that came to my mind but I went with it.
He looked sadly at me for a minute, then left the shop. I hated myself for the rest of the day.
18/20. I had to attend a reading for the people in my program (a masters program for creative writers) where first-year students would read their work in front of a bunch of important faculty, professors, alumni, and peers.
One of the people in my class read a fairly graphic sex scene in which a sexually-repressed, religious girl masturbates with a pen. That was it essentially, no other context or larger story mentioned in the excerpt. She just read this sex scene.
After the reading, we went up to congratulate the readers and I was making small-talk with her. I was already feeling kind of awkward because, well, she basically narrated a porno to all of the important people in our program, which takes a lot of courage that I don't have. I didn't really know what to say so I jokingly asked if the girl was based on someone she knew (since she'd said that the setting of the story was somewhere where she'd grown up).
She said, "Oh, the girl was based on me. I used to be like that."
Me: "Oh... well... that makes sense... you ARE from Kansas, after all..."
She just gave me this really strange look and said, "Yeah..." and walked away. WHY?! Why did I say that?! What does Kansas even have to do with anything?! I'm still cringing, ughhh.
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19/20. My friend and I got onto an elevator together. She was extremely pregnant. Another woman got on, and with the best of intentions she started asking my friend questions.
"How far along are you?"
My friend was courteous but short with the woman. She knew where this line of questioning was going and she didn't want to encourage this stranger to ask more questions. "Eight months"
"Oh wonderful! Do you know what you're having?"
At this point I'm getting really uncomfortable. I'm screaming in my head as we're stuck in this elevator: "Stop! Stop asking questions!" We aren't making eye contact, we aren't smiling at her, we aren't being polite strangers. She doesn't take the hint.
"And is this your first child?"
"Is your oldest excited for a baby sister?"
There was an awkward pause for a moment when my friend decided to be honest to this nosey stranger.
"My first child died a year and a half ago."
It was so uncomfortable in that damn elevator so I did the only thing that made sense - I laughed harder than I've ever laughed in my entire laugh. The most satisfying, all encompassing body laugh I've ever had.
20/20. Me and my good buddy were hanging at my house with two female friends. Buddy is fiddling with the tv as he offered to set up the movie we planned to watch. Me and the two female friends are on the couch facing him.
I dont know what or why he did, but he farted. But he didnt just fart, he decided he'd match the pitch of the fart with his voice and hum the note before turning it into "Single Ladies" by Beyonce. I guess as a quick save to make sure no one heard him fart. We're just sitting on the couch awestruck. Female friend pipes up: "Did you just fart and try to cover it up by humming Single Ladies?" Buddy denies it. Instantly becomes noticeably flustered and stumbles on his way back to the couch. Slaps a glass of water by mistake and sends it all over the table. Oh how we laughed.
When in the beginning stages of dating, it's important to know as much as humanly possible.
The element of surprise is no longer a fun aspect of romance.
Ask the small questions. Ask the hard questions.
Interrogate. Grill. Investigate.
Of course, you should do it with a subtle hand instead of an interrogation lamp.
The truth is all we have.
Redditor RedditPenguin02 wanted to make a list of the best inquiries to make when starting a relationship, so they asked:
"What is a good question to ask before you start dating someone?"
From what I've learned in my past, always ask... "Are you into Buffy the Vampire Slayer? The TV show."
If it's a no, then it's a dealbreaker.
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"Are you married?"
"I would ask that. If they said no, the next question was 'Would your wife agree?'"
"If they laughed, they were telling the truth. If they got indignant and pissed off that I thought they were lying…they were married."
"Worked every time."
"Do you clap when the plane lands?"
"I swear people used to do this all the time when I was a kid (early 2000’s), and I don’t think I’ve heard anyone do it in 5+ years. I guess 9/11 really made people afraid of flying for about 10 years and then most folks decided they didn’t need to applaud when the plane landed safely?"
"Do you want kids in the future? If one person wants kids and the other wants to stay child-free, then they are not compatible. And it is better to try dating someone else."
"It confuses me whenever some couples who disagree on this end up in a conundrum because one expected the other to change their mind. This is something I bring up early cause I see no future with someone who wants kids when I do not."
"You should always put childfree on your dating profile. It's not a small thing. Either you agree on it or not. If I had to date, I would put childfree on my profile too."
Carb it on...
"Do you like bread? That is the extent of my flirting skills."
"Being German, bread is like a frickin' cultural phenomenon here, we have around 300 kinds of bread, there's a bread museum, every time I go on vacation I'm like yeah it's nice here but the bread ain't it yall, never as good as home lol. So yeah, valid question and the only answer to this is an enthusiastic yes."
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"What temperature do you set the thermostat to throughout the year?"
"Haha this one always gets me as someone who needs low temps - you can always put on more clothes, I can't peel my skin off to get cooler."
The thermostat is a dealbreaker for me.
It's gonna be 60. Love it or move on.
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"When was the last time you changed your mind about something?
"Opens a window to how they think."
"If that was really early on in the dating I’d think it was a bit of a head-f**k question. I’d probably find that question a red flag, tone dependent, although I agree with the sentiment."
"Aside from major differences about finances, kids, politics, or religion, a big one is; What are your hobbies? If they don’t really have any, you may be the next hobby, which isn’t going to work unless you’ve got that kind of time. If the hobbies are time-consuming ones generally done with a SO."
"But you have no interest in them, that could be an issue as well. If only one of you likes camping, wanted to spend vacation lounging instead of exploring, didn’t like sports, etc either that partner is annoyed or the other feels like they don’t get to enjoy what they love."
"Ask them about their exes. If they think every single one of them is an a**hole... they are likely the real a**hole."
"I have mixed feelings about that - I've been in three previous relationships and all three were emotionally abusive towards me (one wasn't nearly as bad as the other two, though) in various ways. I know this is a common sentiment and it always makes me afraid that people won't believe me or something.
"I mean, I realize in your comment you said 'likely' and not '100% sure' and there's plenty of room for nuance."
"I would try to take care of any dealbreakers. If I find out that she has different political values than I do, it's not going to work out in the long run, so I wouldn't bother. Same thing with other factors (religion, financial values, etc.). I would also ask how much cuddling she likes to engage in, as I prefer a lot."
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"When I was dating my three essential questions were always kids, sex, and money. If you're not on the same wavelength for any of those three things, just don't even try."
"So, how much personal debt do you have?"
"Source: the guy who dated a woman with huge debts and was asked to pay for everything and then some".
"After that, I'd go with, 'Have you ever been diagnosed with borderline, narcissistic, or histrionic personality disorders?"
The questions are basic.
Just ask for the truth.
Do you have any good Qs to add to the queue? Let us know in the comments below.
As much as we always hop for our dating efforts to be worth it and for every relationship to work out, we all know that some relationships are not destined to work out.
But sometimes relationships end for totally valid reasons, and sometimes the reasons are painful, if not devastating.
Redditor overIorded asked:
"What went wrong with your last partner?"
History Repeating Itself
"He cheated on me. And I was glad because that was finally reason enough to allow myself to leave."
"Now I know somebody who's in the same situation. They're trapped. And she's such a gentle and fun person who's afraid to leave him because 'well, it's always been like this, I'm used to it,' and 'I deserve it.'"
"She wants to leave him, she knows she should leave him, but it's so hard to do it, and I know that feeling."
"I'm thinking I should give her my phone number like when the day comes you've had enough, I'll gladly come to help you move out from that s**thole."
Mental Health Struggles
"I'm lost in my own trauma and mental illness and he deserves better than anything I have to offer right now."
"I’ve been on the receiving end of this, and mildly said, it absolutely ruined me. Her trauma and mental problems were BAD, but I still wanted to be with them. So if you ask me, as long as they can give you the space and support you need, and want to be with you, let them make the decision."
"It's also fair and mature to care very much about someone but realize that you only have the emotional bandwidth to take care of yourself right now."
"I'm sure it was very hard for both of you to come to terms with that decision. I don't think it's that he deserves better, I think it's that your attention needs to be on guiding yourself through this thicket of trauma and mental illness before you can be someone else's partner. You can love each other very much but also acknowledge that you don't have the tools to spare for a relationship right now."
"I'm proud of you for focusing on your own mental health and someday, when you have more emotional stability and energy, I hope you find a wonderful partner."
"We disagreed on how many women he was allowed to date. I’m very strong on monogamy and have no interest in someone (in a supposedly committed relationship) that isn’t."
At Least There's That
"Her psychotic brother tried to kill me. Thankfully he has a Stormtrooper's aim..."
"Hate the attempted murder, love the 'Star Wars' reference."
"He wanted a big family, like, six kids, all-natural. Obviously, he wouldn't be birthing them. This was very important to him while I was pretty ambivalent about kids, and the further into my adulthood I've gotten, the more I've realized I just don't want to be pregnant."
"I broke it off so we could both get the lives we wanted. He was also quite a bit more conservative than me, and at the time closeted pansexual person, and some stuff he believed just didn't line up with what I believed. It hurt, but it was amicable."
"Now he has a wife and kids like he wanted, and I am happily partnered and childfree. It worked out for the best."
"She hated that I had a healthy relationship with my family and was trying to find ways to sabotage it."
"Similar aspect to mine, she hated my sister and mother because she had a bad relationship with her sister and mother. She would get mad at me whenever I brought my family up."
"My last boyfriend dumped me because I got mad that he was coming to Dallas after I hadn't seen him for two months, but didn't want to see me."
"He was going to meet up with some friends of his he hadn't seen in a few months. I told him that was fine with me, but I felt he should make time to see me too since we hadn't seen each other in two months and we were supposed to be a couple."
"He responded to my anger by ghosting me. That was two years ago."
Distracted with a Punch
"A girl contacted me about him talking to her. I asked him what was going on, and he sucker-punched me in the face."
"He cheated on me for all six years we were together and then accused me of cheating on him, even though I wasn't allowed to leave the house."
"I'm also pretty sure he slept with my sister-in-law when my brother and I went to pick up dinner."
Children Come First
"He was and still is no father to his kids, has anger issues, and probably has other mental health issues. I tried for years to help him and help the relationship, but he wasn't having it. After seeing how my oldest suffered under him, I had to leave."
"I communicated how I felt about many things in the relationship. He never communicated about anything."
"Oh look, it's the last 14 years of my life..."
"I'm guilty of this, and boy, do I regret not being able to open up about my feelings. It cost me my marriage. But now I'm trying to be more open and share my thoughts and feelings. Just wished I could've done this earlier than later."
"I started drinking again and became a miserable a**hole due to my own depression and my s**tty job. As such, she didn't get the attention she deserved, and had to put up with my s**tty mood all the time... so she left. I don't blame her."
"So, it was me. I don't know if I trust myself with a relationship again, but aside from the shame of knowing I hurt someone who I loved, and loved me back, but I was too self-absorbed and selfish, I am trying to be a better human to everyone."
"And to my ex: You'll find someone again... someone better."
"He wanted to move to Alaska to be with some girl he was 'friends' with before me."
"My ex's early-onset Alzheimers (at the age of 50) and the resulting violence, paranoia, and irrational thinking. I tried to honor my vows, but he was so far out there, I feared for my life."
Different Definitions of Marriage
"She cheated on me after five years total together, the last one of which was while we were engaged. She cheated on me for months, all while I was planning the wedding, working part-time, and going to graduate school so I can support us comfortably in the future."
"I planned on giving her everything I could and sharing the rest of my life with her, and apparently she didn’t care."
This conversation just goes to show that relationships can end for all kinds of reasons. Even in relationships where there is still a lot of love and committment, the relationship can still end, just like how the relationship can end suddenly because of a surprising and devastating realization.
We all had our aspirations about becoming a certain type of person or accomplishing different goals when looking towards the future.
But the goals we have for ourselves can drastically change once we're adults, and that's partly due to the influence of different life experiences.
Sometimes, despite our best intentions and respective strategies to achieve something by a certain age, we can never imagine experiencing different outcomes.
Curious to hear from strangers online who never saw themselves in their current positions in life, Redditor graces-taylor12 asked:
"What about becoming an adult caught you completely off guard?"
The following Redditors were not ready to process the inevitable when it came to their parents.
A Role Reversal
"Watching your parents becoming old and frail."
"Dealing with this yesterday and it is an eye-opener. Its hard seeing someone you’ve known as a pillar of strength for 30+ years in a position of such weakness, and knowing that he might improve but generally the decline is coming."
"I've had a weird atypical experience. My dad was pretty old when I was born and always had a bad knee he could never afford to get fixed. He could barely walk and has never been able to run since I could remember. It got so bad that he couldn't even walk up or down the stairs in our house."
"Well he eventually got a knee replacement and he's now more agile at 73 than he was at 53. It's weird to see."
"I'll never forget when I first realized how frail they actually were. I went over to their house to help out with some chores, and they couldn't even clean out any of the pens by themselves. They ended up selling most of their animals that year because they couldn't look after them."
Life Can Be Cruel
"It’s slowly beginning with my parents, small hints here and there, they’re in their mid 50s.The big freak out for me has been watching my grandparents slowly declining over the last 3ish years. One set of grandparents have been gone since I was a kid, so these two are all I’ve got now. My Pap’s arthritis and sciatica is to the point now where it’s a process for him just to stand up. 2020 I saved him from a fall, if I wasn’t there to catch him, he would’ve easily been in the hospital for quite a while. That was the first 'Oh sh*t, he’s not immortal' moment."
These Redditors discovered older doesn't always mean wiser.
"I can do whatever the f'k I want. But I don't really want to do anything..."
"Yup, the idea of doing whatever you want as an adult was the biggest scam cartoons sold us."
"Yeah, you can do anything you want but you're gonna need money. So you get a job, there goes most of your day to your job."
"So now you have money but that'll go to bills first and by the time you can do what you want you don't have the energy or funds. Then the loop continues.."
Fake It Til You Make It
"How clueless other adults are. I really thought adults had their sh*t in order while in reality most people are winging it."
"Maturity is a skill. Some people learn it quickly. Others never do."
"Children are limited by their youth. Their brains aren't fully developed. But adults are not guaranteed to get more mature without working for it."
"Some people never grow up. They just get old."
"I'm surprised by the amount of people who genuinely couldn't live by themselves if they had to. They somehow never learned basic life skills like simple cooking or cleaning and always had someone else to do it for them."
People became more aware of time.
Not Enough Me Time
"How little free time you have. You have to work, you have to prepare for work, drive to work, drive home from work. You also have to do household chores. You have to take care of kids if you have some. When do I get to enjoy my hobbies?"
Point Of Exhaustion
"Most of the time I'm so tired from the day, I just don't have the mental capacity to do anything but go right to bed and watch tv ;_;"
Never Going Back
"Transitioning from college student + part time worker to full time worker I gained a bunch of time back. I was shocked that I could just decide to do laundry tomorrow if I didn't feel like it. Every evening I had this huge chunk of time that was just open."
"But then, moving from an apartment to a house, now there's a bunch more chores to do. Then introducing kids, now there's all that. But still, I wouldn't go back to the hectic college life."
"How it just goes on endlessly."
"When you're a kid, there's a summer break every year, and a new school to go to in a couple of years. Whatever part of your life you are in is clearly delimited and there is something new to look forward to after it."
"Once you're an adult, it's just 5 days of work and 2 days of weekend over and over and over until you die."
After having a decent, long run in the entertainment business as a dancer, I've long held the belief I was invincible.
I was physically stronger, more agile, and foolish enough to think I could perpetually live in such a state.
All of a sudden, reality smacked me in the face one morning when I woke up and heard and felt various parts of my body crackle and pop like when milk hits a bowl of Rice Krispies.
My tired body had the audacity to inform me:
"Not today and from this day forward."
We're currently not on speaking terms.
Not much good can come from dwelling on the past.
Even so, no matter how hard we try to avoid doing so, we can't help but look back on things we've done in our lives which we regret.
In some cases, it's nothing which had any sort of lasting effect, like wishing we thought more carefully about where we had a birthday or spending more than we could afford on an outfit that didn't end up paying off.
In sadder cases though, we often wonder what our lives might have been like if he had made a different, and smarter decision.
If we didn't say certain things to certain people, not spoken up when someone needed us to or rushed too hastily into a life we weren't ready for.
"What is one thing you regret doing in life?"
Giving People Attention Who Didn't Deserve It
"Wasting time worrying about people that never spared me a single thought."- Eborys
Getting In With The Wrong Crowd
"I regret making friends with people who I knew were bad for me just because it was easier than becoming friends with good people."
"Now I don't have many solid friends."- misswallflowerr
Staying In, When They Should Have Gotten Out
"Not ending bad/unhealthy/unfulfilling relationships sooner."- Superseriouslyguys
"Hanging on to a relationship for too long."
"I should have up and disappeared the first time he was disrespectful."- Mirrorflute88
Not Taking Enough Risks
"Not putting myself out there enough."
"I probably missed out on a lot of opportunities because I'm so self-conscious."
"Working on this though!"- Fife_Flyer
"Not following my dreams and ended up sitting behind a desk for 30 years."
"Of course, I'm currently on Reddit sitting behind my desk."
"So, there's that."- CatOnTheHill
"Overthinking my way out of potentially rewarding choices."- mmmmike1590
Rushing Into Things
"Going to college before I had the slightest idea what I wanted to do with my life."- Mysterious_Shake2894
Taking Things For Granted
"Not spending more time with my mom."
"I visited her 2-3 times a week but still, there were other times she'd call and I'd ignore the call or tell her I didn't have time to talk."
"Would give anything to go back and take every one of those calls."- Fruitjustlistens
Putting Their Health At Risk
"Most of 2019–addiction bottom."
"Sober now for 432 days and counting."- CommunicationTop5231
"20 years spent on expensive, self-fed poison."
"Biggest regret of my life, by far."- Itsprobablysarcasm
"Mentally exhausting myself at work for companies that turned out to not give a sh*t about me or value my work."- fpuni107
"Being too nice to tell undeserving people to f*ck off when I should've been putting myself first."
"Lessons learned."- MrsHppy
Not Having Enough Fun
"So, this is gonna sound kinda dumb, but I kinda wish I had acted out a bit more."
"Taken more risks, gotten in trouble more, explored and pushed my boundaries."
"I was pretty sheltered growing up and really wanted to be this good person."
"It created a lot of conflicting feelings for me."
"It also contributed to me avoiding doing some stuff cause I thought it'd be bad for me."
"Now that I'm older and worked through some of those issues, I feel like I missed out on a lot of stuff other people got in their teens and 20s."
"I'm now at a point where I'm exploring that, but most people my age have already gone through it."
"I just feel like I'm trying to 'catch up' with everybody."- animewhitewolf
It's only human to look back on things we regret, or wish we had done differently.
But living in the past will only keep us in the past.
The only way to move forward and make progress is to accept the present for what it is: a present.