We all have deep regrets

You, me, all of us!

And, since there’s nothing any of us can do about it now, we just have to deal with it the best we can and OWN IT.

Let’s hear from AskReddit users about things that they deeply regret.

1. Bummer.

“Not putting enough time and effort into relationships/friendships that actually were worth it.”

2. Too late.

“Probably rejecting my grandpa when he wanted to play chess.

He then fell from a roof like a week later and I never had the chance to play chess with him again, still bothers me that I kinda never had this moment with him.”

3. The argument.

“I was seven years of age, I had an argument with my mother the night before she d**d.

Before I went to bed she asked me for a hug I told her NO and stormed off to bed. The next morning I woke up to find everyone in the house was gone, it was very surreal and confusing. My father came back in that morning crying and told me my mother had d**d of a brain hemorrhage..

Never go to bed on an argument.”

4. Sad.

“When I was 7 or 8 years old, I snapped at my dad for getting me the wrong video game and I can still see the disappointment in his face.

Haunts me to this day.”

5. Mom…

“My mom bought me a computer. It was a second hand clunker of a computer and I snapped at her about how I didn’t want it.

She looked so defeated. I think about it every so often and it breaks my heart…”

6. Should have gone over.

“I called my buddy one night because I knew he was having a tough time.

I told him I’m coming over, he kept saying no I’m good I’m good…he was less than a mile away. I said okay and then his mom called me in the morning saying he was d**d and what did he say to me in the phone call.

I wish I went over.”

7. Money problems.

“Not opening a retirement account when I was 18 like I was told to.

That and not investing my money I made bartending in my 20s.

When you’re that young you don’t think about things like that unfortunately.”

8. Try not to dwell on it.

“Opening an investment account after working a few years in my 20s, and putting everything I had into it in a couple mutual funds… in early 2008.

Then panicking and bailing out in 2009 when 60% down, afraid the whole market was collapsing to zero.

Then, being afraid to restart investing, that the same might happen again and so missed a decade+ of opportunity, until I finally overcame that fear and put all my new savings into a new investment account … in late 2021. And, through this last year it is all again down 60% (just normal stocks, no options or crazy stuff).

Basically, like 17 years of work equivalent has disappeared due to the world’s shittiest timing to start investing, and I’m no further along now than I was maybe 2 years into working. I try not to dwell on it.”

9. Lesson learned.

“Used my credit card too much to buy things I didn’t need.

Now I’m dealing with a maxed out credit card that’s k**ling me every month.”

10. Lost skills.

“I deeply regret letting my creative writing and piano playing skills go to s**t.

Ever since I entered the corporate world 19 years ago, it has consumed me and I no longer feel passionate about those things. I stopped practicing everything.

When I try to make myself do them, it feels like just that, like I am forcing myself and it is no longer fun. I feel like I’ve become a shell of my former self in so many ways.”

11. Treated poorly.

“Being too loyal and putting up with poor treatment from so called friends to the detriment of my mental health Not anymore bitches

Cut them all out when I realised they were unable to respond to me in a healthy way and still expected me to be on default fawning mode.”

12. A second opinion.

“Not getting a second opinion sooner on my back injury.

Injured my back at work in 2014, was taken to a WorkCover doctor where I now know I was misdiagnosed and then gaslighted by the workplace OH&S officer.

Had I known that I could seek a second opinion from another doctor while on WorkCover, it would have been found that I had a permanent disc protrusion that was impacting a major nerve.

I waited 7 years to seek a different opinion, all because I believed the WorkCover doctor and a physio couldn’t be wrong as they were professionals and that I had ‘just a simple back strain’. Meanwhile I’m walking around in chronic pain with a disc protrusion that could’ve ruptured at any given moment.

I’m now permanently disabled thanks to my own stupidity. And I can’t take legal action against the company now as there is only a 3 year grace period to do so.”

Do you have any stories like this?

If so, share them with us in the comments.

Thanks a lot!