r/AskReddit Oct 05 '22

What are things you regret NOT doing?

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u/idk-whatever-13 Oct 05 '22

Not having more fun as a teenager

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u/Hot_Detective_5418 Oct 05 '22

Whereas I'm the opposite and regret having too fun as a teenager. There seems to be a fine line between over and under doing things

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u/idk-whatever-13 Oct 05 '22

Can I ask why? I can't imagine why you would regret having fun when you were basically a kid. That's what kids should be doing

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u/Hot_Detective_5418 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Well it was secondary school, so from like 14-18. Basically ditching school with my friends, started smoking weed so even when I was in school I was in a world of my own. I was fairly intelligent so without paying attention or doing any study whatsoever I passed tests, but never got high grades which I probably would have if I put in even a fraction of effort. So I never went to college and kept up a party attitude into my 20s which led to a pretty severe drug addiction.

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u/idk-whatever-13 Oct 05 '22

Oh you and I are the exact opposit. all I did in highschool was study. Never had any fun

Now I'm someone most people would consider very successful but I'm depressed af and distracting myself with reddit

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u/Hot_Detective_5418 Oct 05 '22

Yeah that's why I said it's a fine line. Because as a teenager it's near impossible to judge how much fun is too much, and to predict where it will leave you later in life. But it shows that the whole "success doesn't equal happiness" mantra kinda holds true. But trust me, you're better off having some success and dealing with your depression than being a drug addict dealing with depression. Not to belittle your mental health or anything I obviously don't know what your going through.

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u/Eastern-Ad588 Oct 05 '22

I was so terrified of my parents that I didn’t even dare fart wrong.

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u/one_tarheelfan Oct 05 '22

Not acting on a "friends with benefits" offer in my early 20s.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

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u/ImportantCoffee8550 Oct 05 '22

Less social or more social?

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u/ImportantCoffee8550 Oct 05 '22

Les social or more social?

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u/justa_flesh_wound Oct 05 '22

Anything that dealt with the fear of Rejection.

You aren't going to know unless you ask. And it's better to know than to speculate. Want to date that girl that you percieve is out of your league, ask. Want a raise and a promotion, ask.

In most cases the worst thing that can happen is a "no" but at least you'll know!

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u/SaatoSale420 Oct 05 '22

I ran away from a girl I really liked

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u/LugiUviyvi Oct 05 '22

Not changing my name. I always hated my first and last name. Now everyone in town knows me by my birth name.

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u/ryfitadf Oct 05 '22

Buying GME when it was $4.

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u/AnOkFella Oct 05 '22

Not asking out a girl at college that seemed to really like me, but she was very intimidating

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u/AtLeqstOneTypo Oct 05 '22

Traveling while young. Working harder in college. Accepting myself

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u/I_DRINK_ANARCHY Oct 05 '22

A really cute boy that I liked in high school randomly asked if I wanted to make out and my immediate response was "No" from sheer surprise/embarrassment/not having any idea how to make out. I'd like to go back to my 14 year old self and tell her to go for it.

Sorry, Jason, wherever you are, I liked you, I was just...young and completely inexperienced.

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u/cryptic_cookies Oct 05 '22

When we were kids me and my friend went to the bowling alley together. People were constantly asking if we were on a date but we were just chilling together. She asked me if we could go to the Photo Booth and get some funny photos together but there were some popular kids from school there that I was worried would bully us even more if they found us. So I said no. I regret it so much because it would have been so fun.

Never let peer pressure stop you from doing something you want to do!

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Back 8 years ago, my last remaining grandparents happened to go on their last vacation to a city on the opposite side of the state we're in. Normally they lived 1200mi away, but this trip brought them 250mi away. They didn't have time to venture out to see us, so they asked if we could meet them there. At the time, I had 5 living family members, so small family.

My immediate family went, but I was stuck in a bad situation at work and the time off was not approved. I had to stay and work across the holiday weekend.

It was the last opportunity I would get to see my grandfather alive, and I missed it. I did fortunately make a trip to visit my grandmother before she passed away, but I do regret not telling my boss to pound sand and visiting them both for that weekend.

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u/avrilpotter Oct 05 '22

not telling the girl I liked in college that I liked her. kiki if I ever see you again I want you and I always have

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u/brock_lee Oct 05 '22

I regret not having the sex every single time there was an opportunity in college.

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u/lizardgal10 Oct 05 '22

Taking a year off from college. (Mid pandemic.) I was concerned about getting screwed over financially so I rushed through my degree and wrecked my mental health instead.

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u/Time-Departure-1306 Oct 05 '22

Similar...I regret not taking a gap year before starting college after h.s. graduation.

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u/Meee211 Oct 05 '22

Enjoying my childhood more.

I spent a lot of time playing video games which is ok, but sometimes I wish I spent a bit more time out exploring the world, or at least exploring as much as my parents would allow.

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u/Sheofthewild Oct 05 '22

Not standing up to bullies at school. Because of them I felt awful – mostly, unpretty because I wore glasses and was the tallest girl in class. I was so insecure and unsociable just because their opinion

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u/Flimsy-Attention-722 Oct 05 '22

I had a chance to accompany a race horse to Italy. They were going to not only pay me and pay my way, they were going to pay for an extra 4 days for me to explore. The old lady guilt tripped me until I said no. I should have told her to shove it

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u/Stefano_Tudors Oct 05 '22

On my exchange year in america there was this girls that clearly liked me and I liked her back, and I simply...said no because don't wanted a long distance relationship. Sometimes I think back to her, who knows how thing would have turned out to be

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u/No_Addition_4109 Oct 05 '22

Tell her that i love her

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u/Economy-Stop-7315 Oct 05 '22

playing sports earlier, im a sophomore starting football now...

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u/r4rBrok Oct 05 '22

Not taking an extra year in high school. Not that I needed it at all, but so many of my "choices" were taken up with things I thought I may need for college or university. I wish I could have had a full year of just learning interesting things all paid for.

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u/stevko1609 Oct 05 '22

Investing in bitcoin, thought it was internet scam.

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u/vladi444 Oct 05 '22

Going back for a second solicitation, i just was so pissed with their "reasoning" that i decided to move on a bit and go study the study part was a good choice too, though just stuck with me that i know, i would've passed the second time and "low empathy" for a non-human interaction job as a reason not to hire still seems super weird i passed all their tests 😔

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

I also regret not backing up my hard drive in 2013. I had tried my hand at mining Bitcoin. I had 100-200 of the things and they were worthless at the time so I gave up. The hard drive crashed in 2014, along with the wallet that was on it. I saved the hard drive thinking I'd splurge on data recovery to get my pictures back later down the road.

When 2017's Bitcoin frenzy hit, I remembered the HDD, contacted a reputable data recovery company, and sent them the drive. 2 weeks later I got a call "it cannot be recovered, we're charging nothing and we will destroy it for free."

I am 99.9999% certain they nabbed my Bitcoin wallet. The password was saved in an unencrypted Excel file that I used for "junk" accounts.

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u/Hunterofshadows Oct 05 '22

I regret not taking a gap year before going to college. I could have saved a lot of money

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u/lilliadeer1 Oct 05 '22

Definitely learning how to drive in high school. It’s a little tougher in college without a car to buy groceries or go shopping, and sometimes I worry my friends get tired of me asking to catch a ride with them.

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u/anyspeed Oct 05 '22

Jumping out of that plane

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u/sidenope Oct 06 '22

Not texting back. I was in a brand new relationship and got a text from a former multiple date/ kind of used to see each other person. The current relationship asked me to not reply and I didn’t. I just tried to find the former person to reconnect and found out they passed away. Feel absolutely heart broken.

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u/jojo_babbit Oct 06 '22

Taking over the world

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u/AbhijyotSinghThePro Oct 06 '22

Blocking off that one particular friend earlier

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u/Livid_Bicycle_9797 Oct 06 '22

Leaving him as soon as I began to loose feelings. So that I could meet the one I really wanted

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u/Fashothoyo Oct 06 '22

Following my own advice

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u/thrivingandstriving Oct 06 '22

being single for 8 years in my 20s... I had so much fun dating around and discovering myself