It's difficult to admit when we've messed up. Especially if we truly had good intentions, but just played those intentions wrong. Nobody wants to be the guilty one, the one to inflict unpleasantness onto others, but sometimes we just do. And often it can take a hot minute, or decade, to reflect and realize.... we were the villain of the piece. Then what do we do? Take the knowledge to the grave or our own up and apologize?
Someone I hadn't talked to in years came up to me and started telling me about how they haven't been doing that good lately and that they found out they have cancer. Well... I was at work and only half paying attention so after he stopped talking I said "That's good." Haven't seen him since.
Years ago I went into a hot topic and as I was at the register, the girl working started telling me about all the new Metallica shirts they had gotten. For some reason, I told her I wasn't really into wearing band shirts anymore, which was mostly true, and even though I didn't mean to, it came out sounding really snobbish. At the time, I thought her reaction was kinda strange, even accounting for my accidental condescension. Shortly after I left the store I remembered I was wearing a NIN shirt.
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In early high school, late 90's, so if you got a girl's number it was the house number- I called a girl's house and her dad answered. She was out, but I noticed his speech was a bit slow and slurred. Next day at school I mentioned I had called, and asked if her dad had been drinking.... well turns out he didn't drink much since his stroke. Still feel awful about that!
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I was driving down a road and a lot of people were honking and yelling at me on the street. I got angry and flipped a bunch of people off and honked back.
At the end of the street I saw a one way sign and realized I was going in the wrong direction.
I was drunk at a pub and shouted for the band to play Free Bird. They stopped in the middle of the song they were playing, started up Free Bird and called me up on stage to sing it. I froze, forgot all the lyrics and made an absolute fool of myself. Props to that band though.
I was making fun of an old guy I'd seen outside our school at a basketball tournament to some friends in the locker room. He looked and talked like Farmer Fran from the Waterboy. Turned out to be the dad of one of the guys I was talking to. Still can't even think of that movie without it bringing up endless amounts of shame.
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"Broke" up with my first girlfriend who was really attached to me, just by ignoring her... I feel so bad. i was just a kid but that was a harsh treatment.
I was a senior in high school and was waiting for my dad to pick me up. At the time, I was also the head student athletic trainer. As my dad pulled up in his 1971 Ford Galaxy with a big old V8 engine (and this was in 1992), a couple of freshman football players commented, "Hey! I wonder whose dad is driving the Uncle Buckmobile!" I turned around and glared and said "Mine". They realized who it was and quickly shut up :) it was kinda awesome, and my dad got a kick out of it.
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This entire year. Been recovering from my divorce last year and it forced me to take a hard, honest look at myself and all the crap I used to do and how I actually treated those around me. A lot of tough to swallow pills, but a lot of much needed reflection taken place.
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