This is kind of an odd question, because not everyone considers the same things as sins, and depending on what religion you believe in, your answers to this question could be vastly different.
That said, I think most of us understand the spirit of the query, and so these answers will be easily understood – and identified with, too.
1. Normalize not feeling guilty for this.
Calling off work for self care.
I’m a teacher. Even though my principal is a big advocate for self care, I can’t help but feel guilt that I’m abandoning my students for a day.
2. You’ve gotta learn it.
Speaking up for yourself and asking for things.
3. I h**e this for everyone.
Getting a bad grade.
My friend has very strict parents, he cries at every C.
It’s just too much pressure, his parents think it’s better to study the whole day without any breaks (their study method) than to study 30 minutes while calm (my method).
4. Argh, you feel so bad!
Accidentally stepping on a dog.
Or if you’re British and not saying “Sorry!!” to inanimate objects when u bump into them.
5. Never a good enough reason.
Skipping my daily workout. It doesn’t matter the reason, I just feel a lot of guilt.
6. Super satisfying, though.
Cleaning your ears with a Q-tip.
My ENT doc told me, “Never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear.” Pretty good advice I guess.
7. Why are we like this?
Asking your boss for a day off at work.
I asked for a week off at one job. I had the PTO to cover it. I just wanted a week off to chill at home. I wasn’t traveling and didn’t have any major plans. When she asked why I wanted to take a week off and where I was traveling to, I made the huge mistake of admitting that I just wanted to bum around at home.
She somehow talked me into doing a full day on Wednesday that week. I was in the best mood on Tuesday night and then the worst fucking mood on Wednesday night. It helped me realize how much I hated my job and I started looking for a new job.
8. A weird feeling, for sure.
Drinking after you are finally legally allowed to. I was 26 before I stopped feeling like I was doing something illegal by just being in a bar.
I’m 35, and still feel weird in liquor stores sometimes.
9. Enjoy it!
Eating something super decadent.
Like those 4,826,294 calorie fancy donuts or something. Feels like gluttony even though it’s just a donut.
10. You’ve earned it, though!
Reaping the rewards of your hard work while your relatives are still struggling because of their bad decisions.
One of my cousins recently mocked us for having a “lavish lifestyle” because we finally bought a modest home. Like he never knew all the hard work that my mom, my brothers and I went through just to be where we are right now. It’s not even a mansion.
My cousin is just really bitter because he scammed my other relatives who helped him before and now everyone shuns him whenever he asks for help.
11. If you have it, do it.
Not donating money for a good cause.
“would you like to round up to the nearest dollar to help fund children’s cancer research?”
no, but only because i don’t need walgreens patting themselves on the back for “donating” all my donations
12. The guilt!
Sleeping in. Especially when you have kids.
And god forbid we make them pour their own cereal.
13. Groupthink is powerful.
Having an independent opinion within a group of people who all think exactly the same thing.
It’s usually because they just agree with and copy each other until they all think alike.
You are made to feel like you’ve committed a sin because you can think for yourself.
14. Sometimes sins are fun.
Playing with your cat, making him spin in circles until he falls over from dizziness.
Tickling their foot when they’re busy licking their own butts.
“Hehe.” (foot tickle)
15. If it’s yours, use away.
Copying old code for a computing science assignment.
My university had a pretty aggressive (and primitive, this was some years ago) anti-cheat program that would basically parse text for signs of copying from a database of old text.
The problem was, programming languages in general and conventions on code readability tend to create fairly uniform code. So if you used descriptive variables (stuff like FirstName LastName, Counter, Output, etc) and/or more “standard” ones (such as using i for the iterator on loops), getting a false flag was basically common.
The first class I took, the teacher told us about that (the problems we were writing code for were things like “print the numbers 1-10 in order” or “ask for a number input and print if it’s even or odd” — so everyone’s code was going to be basically identical), so we shouldn’t worry about the fact the online system will probably give all of us a “warning: possible plagiarism detected” flag every time.
A common solution was to use your code, but rename the variables. I guess there’s something educational about that in that you would be at least forced to re-read your code and make sure it’s working (until you learn about text editors with search/replace functions). But it did get silly sometimes.
16. They lure young kids.
Simply entering a candy shop feels just like a sin to me. Those places are evil, I can feel it.
17. We’re programmed to protect their feelings.
Saying to the barber that you don’t like your haircut.
I mean, what are they going to do? Glue your hair back?
18. You get all of the looks.
These days, a single cough or sneeze.
I was drinking water at a meeting and it went down the wrong pipe. I coughed once and everyone looked at me. So i held it in the best I could, half coughing for nearly 10 minutes.
It was very uncomfortable.
19. It makes you cringe.
Walking on freshly-mopped floor.
One time after having to walk over the floor while it was being mopped I apologized to the man mopping and he replied “If you don’t walk on the floor then I don’t have a job. Don’t worry about it”.
Made me feel better.
20. It’s a learned behavior.
Saying ‘No’ to people.
As someone who’s strongest personality trait is agreeableness (I think) this is a huge problem for me, I always need to think for a min and build up the courage to say no.
Plus Im kinda socially anxious.
21. We just wanted a bite.
Getting a food sample and listening to the person talk about what’s in that food sample and how they made it and what’s on sale and then not buying the product.
The elimination of the Costco samples was the worst thing that affected me during the pandemic. I might be a terrible person.
22. You’re not supposed to, but.
Setting boundaries or disconnecting with family for your own mental peace.
You feel like a complete jerk even though you’re not the one venting every negative aspect of your whole life every time you talk to them.
23. At least you have two friends.
Not going with a friend to do something because you’d rather be with another friend.
Unless you change plans last minute. Then it’s definitely a sin.
24. That’s not allowed.
Moving a cat off your lap.
You start super slow and the cat starts meowing, making it worse.
25. The game always knows.
Cheating in a single player video game. Especially if the game knows.
Game Dev Tycoon will let you play for a bit until you release your game in which it flops due to it being pirated so much. I love games that are cheeky like that. Even though people work around it eventually, its always great to see when game developers put in work for something that most consumers won’t see.
26. You can’t be good all the time.
Eating luxurious food once in a while. Because, you know, life is too short to be so worried and all that.
Eating a pomegranate naked in your bathtub.
Neither lustful nor gluttonous, but somehow still decadently delicious.
And no stains 🙂
28. Live a little.
Drinking drinks straight out of the bottle when you know no one else is gonna be using the bottle.
I feel this when I’m double dipping fries into my own sauce cup.
29. You want what you want.
Leaving a drive thru after being informed they are out of what you wanted/unable to make it.
I sat in a line for 10 minutes at Popeyes for some mouth watering, soul rejuvenating, chicken sandwich and you tell me you’re out of chicken sandwiches?!?!
It’s better for everyone that I simply pull out of line and drive away. …this has happened more than once.
Don’t judge me, I wanted Popeyes those days.
30. Shake that off.
Taking time off of work, for any reason really Doesn’t matter if it’s a medical emergency or for vacation, I always end up feeling some guilt over it.
Unless if it’s an assigned day off, seems to be the only exception. Even then, I’d I get called in I’ll feel guilty if I reject the call in (sometimes I have to just that for my sanity).
31. Especially when it’s not busy.
Walking out of the store, without buying anything.
Walking slowly and checking your phone at the entrance to make it clear you aren’t trying to rush out with stolen stuff.
32. So much guilt!
Not using a present someone else gave you even if it’s not that expensive or not that hard to make.
My brain still just says you b*%ch someone who loves you gave you that present and now you’re just gonna let it sit in your closet till you die and that’s why my favorite present is money but that’s still not perfect.
Then I feel like I have to spend the money on the perfect thing or I’m disrespecting the person who gave me the money I should probably talk to a therapist about this because I often get very stressed out about it.
Yeah, those are some goooodddd and wholesome things.
What would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments!