What was your biggest regret in life

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What was your biggest regret in life that you are okay sharing. Mine was not taking almost any AP or honors courses in high school. I would likely have more scholarship money if I did take more and I would know more.

Also if you do not want to say your biggest regret but want to say something feel free to say other regrets
 

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Ruining my teen age years with bad habits: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes. Ughh. I could have enrolled for undergrad mathematics after Year 12 and finish MSc by the time I was 24. No use complaining, though, hindsight is 20/20 vision etc. I'm glad I was able to put certain things behind me and do something that I think matters.

Enough of the mushy tone, I am actually a lot of fun :oldbiggrin: (even, when sober :bugeye:)
 
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Not listening to my gut and buying Google at IPO price of $85. Maybe not buying Facebook when it was $20 too.
 
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Getting into alcohol and drugs during my teen years, and having a poor attitude and work ethic during the same period.

I rationalize it by saying that I wouldn't be the person I am today had I not made those poor choices then, but it's hard not to feel some regret over years gone to waste for bad habits.
 
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Writing a first Polish computer game instead of checking when the exams are.

Actually I am not sure I regret, as it ended with quite a ride.
 
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Not joining the French Foreign Legion...
 
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unfortunately, as robert de niro's character admitted in ronin, i hurt somebody's feelings once.
 
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Being born...
 
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Not going to Grad School. :oldcry:
 
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Not admitting to my weaknesses, not asking for help more, expecting everything to be handed to me on a plate. I'm sure there are others.

Having said that, given the hand I was dealt, and the cards that I played, I have been and am extremely lucky and have the wherewithal to appreciate that.
 
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Listening to my parents.
 
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being born to poor people.
 
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Not listening to my parents (mainly father), who advised me to change school when I had an opportunity. Too many troubles are cropping up, and life is becoming difficult as days are passing.
 
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Not listening to parents.
 
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Reminds me of Mark Twain's observation about his father.

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

Mark Twain
 
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Writing a first Polish computer game instead of checking when the exams are.

Actually I am not sure I regret, as it ended with quite a ride.
actually thats something nice, I am sure you were having a lot of fun when doing it and sometimes thats important.
 
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I was sitting at the same table with the late Dr. Feynman last night in my dream and I failed to ask him a question, I kind of remember wanting to ask him something but I just walked away. Please see me again tonight Richard.
 
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Not listening to my gut and buying Google at IPO price of $85. Maybe not buying Facebook when it was $20 too.
Or Apple when it was about $13.00 per share, or Amazon at some low price.
 
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I have no contol over my life.
I can only make it worse not better.
At least for now.
#all average indian students
 
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Listening to my parents.
Not listening to parents.
This just really shows that people have different parents and lives, and that it is not fair to judge an individual based on general idea of parent-child relationship. While I agree most parents are right most of the time, such generalization is not precisely applicable when talking about each individual. I hate it when people tell me to that my parents are always right, even though they don't even know my parents.
 
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This just really shows that people have different parents and lives, and that it is not fair to judge an individual based on general idea of parent-child relationship. While I agree most parents are right most of the time, such generalization is not precisely applicable when talking about each individual. I hate it when people tell me to that my parents are always right, even though they don't even know my parents.
Same here. My parents are not evil but i wish they were actually 50 years old not just in terms of age.
 
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Not ditching religion sooner and using all that wasted time practicing mathematics and physics.
 
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A lot, maybe one that bothers me these days is going for the wrong degree and not changing because I was to proud to admit I made a mistake... I made very good friends though so I really can't say it was a disaster ;)
 
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strangerep said:
Being born...
That's .. dark :olduhh:
Oh well, the "Kitten Lovers" thread usually cheers me up.
 
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