But if one ever doubted that (despite recent electoral success) Freepers represent an...idiosyncratic subset of Americans, one need only gaze upon this thread.
refermech starts what will become a theme of women troubles.
Never trust a woman in matters concerning birth control.Ladies...it appears max americana is single!
too many regrets. I wished I saved my relationship with my 4th GF in college. She was the one that got away and would have married and settled down with her.Chickensoup was insufficiently self-absorbed.
I’m a dog, you see ;)
What kind of everythings?For a 'conservative', Chickensoup really seems unsatisfied with responsibility.
I would not have focused so much on other people.
I would have been a bit less independent.daler is another who is unsatisfied and frustrated:
I would have spent more time on fun things instead of always being the provider.
No one really loves the provider, they love the fun one.
I wouldn't have stayed in the same crummy job for 20 years in the interest of "security."Drew68 is one of many who try and claim no regrets.
My advice to young people is, while being logical and thoughtful about it, to always chase your dream(s).
Life doesn't give you a mulligan.
Not a thing.Organic Panic has another common trend - getting rich quick via Apple stock:
I'm in a good place right now. Every mistake I've ever made has led me here.
Invested in Apple
Then I would have been retired about 30 years already.
Stayed in college.Mr. Jeeves has a lot of dreams, all involving getting rich quick, and avoiding his unsuccessful attempts to get rich quick.
The list is large - all choices I had in front of me at one time, and made the wrong ones:Ellendra was forced to quit school, and so could't get rich quick. Also she has had multiple weird health issues that turned out to be nothing...
- Would have worked much harder in high school and tried to get into Stanford in 1982, majoring in Computer Science.
- Would have gone to work for Microsoft in the late Eighties when I had a chance to do so.
- Would have bought vast quantities of Apple stock at its lower points before the return of Steve Jobs.
- Never would have bought Las Vegas real estate in the last few years before 2008.
- Never would have left my job in 2008 to resume my consulting career.
- Never would have opened a retail store in a major mall.
Things look pretty good going forward, though, especially since Hillary will not be President. I'll try to avoid making any more massive blunders from here on out. :)
I would have studied Medical Coding in college, and then after I got my degree I would have studied Accounting. That way when I was forced to quit school I would have had a fallback plan in place.InkStone exemplifies another common Freeper rout - Jesusing all up in the place:
I would have waited 6 months before buying my land. The seller went bankrupt, and the lot next to mine sold for 1/3rd what I paid, for the same size property.
I would have gone to the hospital right away when I got sick that summer, instead of waiting until I collapsed and had to be carried. It turned out to be a mild infection, but the symptoms were so subtle I tried to power through them.
I would have gone to the chiropractor when I started having dizzy spells in 2008. Instead, it took almost 2 years and tens of thousands of dollars in tests, when it was a simple misalignment in my neck that was causing the problem. Even then, we discovered the cause by accident. None of the doctors I saw caught it.
I would have driven to Cleveland when I lost my voice in 2011. I was mute for 3 years, and went through more tests and doctors, got yelled at and accused of making it up, only to eventually discover that it was a simple problem, that a specialist at the Cleveland Clinic was able to fix in an hour.
I would never have trusted my father for anything.
I wish I would have given my life to Christ as a young man, instead of waiting so long...shhrubbery! blames everything bad on not being Christian enough:
Because I failed to do so, I made mistakes that caused a lifetime of heartache and regret for myself, and many others.
Would've not let myself be influenced by the evil Left, back in the terrible '60s and '70s.Obbiee hints at some problems with the kids. This will become a trend.
Would've stayed a faithful Christian, instead of letting myself be tempted to do the trendy thing.
Everything bad that happened in my life was a consequence straying from traditional Judeo-Christian morality.
I would live fully for the one who died for me. Every morning of every day.BelleAl's Christianity tortures her because her kids didn't stick with it. They say the best faiths make you miserable!
I would have instilled in my children a love for Christ that no college education could question.
2 of my three kids have turned their backs on Christ. Knowing now that the world they grew up in was so vastly different than mine of the 1970s, I would have adapted my parenting accordingly. I used the parenting model of my parents where our faith was supported in our local culture and in college. It’s a greater fight than I knew - We were involved in a local church and walked the Christian path as a family. It just wasn’t enough in today’s broken world.ZinGirl thinks misery builds character.
Not sharing this core belief with two so precious to me is my greatest heartbreak. It grieves me daily.
It sounds terrible...but we wouldn't have cared about the kids' "feelings" so much. It did them no favors. We see that now. We really thought it was the right thing to do. In a large part, perhaps it was. However, did we raise part of a generation who needed validation at every turn? Or, despite success, did it seem empty without "peer" approval?Poor mom4melody's unfulfillment has lead her to yearn for things no proper Freeper women should want - a career and no kids.
WW1 and WW2 sucked, but it sure created some people with character, strength, and fortitude.
No to marriage, no to kids, more on my education and careerHarmless Teddy Bear's life is legit a bit tragic, and I guess adoption wasn't thought of.
I would have met my husband earlier. We were about two miles apart of years, probably passed each other in the store and other places multiple times and never met.ThunderSleeps regrets not having a threesome, which is kinda normal, I guess.
I would have ignored the people telling me to get a white collar job and gotten my certification as a master diesel mechanic.
I would have ignored that stupid OB-GYN who told me the problems I was having were normal and gotten one who knew what he was doing. Then our children would have had a chance to live.
That is pretty much it.
The third item is what I really regret. The rest is just life.
And God has given me a pretty good life.
I had talked to a Marine Corps recruiter several times and almost signed up. Looking back across 35 years...wish I had.YogicCowboy, as he does, regrets women are such bitches.
If that's a little too corny for anyone, probably my second biggest regret is not saying "yes" to the two lovely ladies that propositioned me (at a party, not on a street corner) with a 3-some. I was too much of a good wingman, a buddy of mine had a tremendous crush on one of them. In retrospect, he never would've known, heck, he ended up marrying someone else anyway...
I will be candid:...
I would have refused to believe young women who called themselves Christians who wanted to marry a spiritually-minded man.
As an ordained minister, I have witnessed time after time how Church Girls choose the Bad Boys over the Good Guys.
I was a Good Guy. I was never a Bad Boy. I have never been drunk. I have never used drugs. I have never fornicated.
I was told numerous times by such a Christian woman that I was the most honorable man that she had ever known - yet such a woman rarely would date me even once, much less twice.
Meanwhile, I remain an adult virgin, since my profession of faith denies me fornication as an outlet.jumpingcholla34's marriage has longevity, but doesn't sound so hot.
I live in a culture that mocks virginity, especially in a male. (My virility was mocked - both behind my back, and to my face - by some of the above pew warmers, when they realized that I was actually chaste.)
I'm 70 now. I've made some major screw-ups, but most big decisions have turned out all right. I try to leave the past where it lies.right way right regrets not blaming more things on Obama.
But, one thing I might have done is to persuade my wife to be a frugal person, as she was at the start of our marriage. Now, I see that I have enough money to satisfy all of my modest needs for the rest of my life, but not enough to satisfy her needs. So, I keep working and worrying about money. That seems crazy.
In 2007 I decided to make a career shift and left a long term employer for greener grass. Then 2008 hit and diabetes and I found myself back at the same employer again, I was ecstatic, then Obama was elected and I was laid off. I bounced through 6 Jobs during this Obamanation period.
Much has been my own fault but, I also blame much on the spooked Obamanation economy and employers afraid to make total commitments to a diabetic employee because of Obamacare.