Hindsight is 20/20. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I was young and stupid in this days.

However people put it into words, we've all done things we regret. And regret comes in a variety of flavors.


A recent Reddit thread took aim at one specific kind of regret: things done that, despite feeling uncomfortable during the act itself, we pushed through. We hoped it was worth the short term struggle, wagering on wonderful circumstances we assumed would follow the strife.

But of course, we discovered that it wasn't worth pushing through. We struggled and toiled but came out with nothing for it.

Hopefully a list like this can offer a few sage pieces of advice to stop you before pushing through for nothing

Jjwllms asked, "What's not worth it?"

Useful for About .4 Seconds 

"Buying babies a lot of clothes. They grow up so fast they dont even need half of what s in the closet" -- offta_100

"You'd think seeing an ad for unused baby clothes/furniture be tragic, but in reality it's like with avocados - wait a day too long and you cant use it." -- Macluawn

"This. Absolutely this."

"My wife and I had our first child almost 2 years ago. There were a ton of newborn baby clothes we never even used and ended up donating."

"At least 40 outfits." -- BrostFyte

Working to Live or Living to Work?

"Working so hard you can't enjoy the rest of your life" -- zarina342

"If you have a choice, then yes. But sometimes working really hard is the difference between having a roof over your head or living on the streets." -- DeathSpiral321

"I wonder that about my ex boss. He's 75 now and still a butcher in a grocery store and when I asked why he was still there he said money was so good. Can't spend it when you're dead." -- MsAnnabel

Experienced With Disappointment

"Bending over backwards to help someone that, at the end of the day, refuses to help themselves."

"Trying to save a friendship that you've clearly outgrown. (I have to keep reminding myself of that one.)"

"Forcing a friendship."

"Buying particleboard furniture."

"Cheap a** plastic Tupperware."

-- General_Distance

Listen to Your Gut

"Staying somewhere or with someone because it's 'safe' or the 'easy' route even though you're unhappy. Sometimes it worth the risk to pack up and move on or out." -- Big_jerm3

"Thankfully, my 'somewhat' fiancee ended it for me. Awful person that I didn't notice until I was out of that relationship." -- H-Christ

"Yup u never know what the unknown will bring to you" -- thrivingandstriving

"You are not a tree. If you don't like where you are, move!" -- Small-in-Belgium

Big Tobacco’s Ace in the Hole

"Smoking cigarettes. You're trading a microscopic endorphin bump for a working, healthy body. And usually people (myself included) don't realize until some of the irreversible damage is already done." -- A_HELPFUL_POTATO

"Starting smoking... Over 7 years I have spent roughly $19000" -- Gloomy-Field

Imagine if You Pooled All Those Upcharges 

"It's not the deepest answer but Postmates" -- DeadInsideWiggs

"Turn a 7 buck burrito in to a 17 buck one." -- Aevum1

"You offended my laziness" -- AquaticSteveZizuu

""It can almost be worthwhile with a membership!"–I murmured to myself, knowing it's untrue. *sobs into my $15 Frosty*" -- Sonadel

One Sided Efforts

"Trying to rekindle a relationship with an ex who clearly has zero interest in pursuing it." -- Back2Bach

"'Once you feel avoided by someone, never disturb them again.'" -- thrivingandstriving

"Or for that matter, start one with someone who isn't into it. People say persistence is key, but it's also the key to getting your ego beaten into the dirt." -- CookiesFTA

Like Running in Mud

"Arguing with stupid people. In the wise words of Mark Twain: 'Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.'" -- Stygian_Echoes

"Arguing with stupid people is like playing chess with a pigeon. Doesn't matter what move you'll make, pigeon will take a sh!t on the board and fly away.' I don't know who said it but I 100% agree with it." -- IllTearOffUrSans

Physics Lessons

"Pissin off a tall building. the updraft just blows it back in your mouth."

"Once upon a time I pissed off a tall building. I thought it'd be fun to watch my pee fall a long way. Turns out, the wind was stronger than my pee force, and it just got all over my face and mouth and jncos."

-- hotanimalslices

Giving Power Away

"giving someone who ghosted you another chance/ believing people when they say they've changed. 9/10, they haven't" -- butternut_bunny

"I gave a guy that ghosted me a second chance. Sucked a** because anytime he got quiet for to long i was afraid it happening again. Never going down that road again." -- Fussy_TaHwRaOyW

"Don't waste time on someone who doesn't value your time" -- hatsnatcher23

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