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Old 03-20-07, 12:37 AM   #1
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If you had the chance to correct a mistake....

If you had the chance to correct a mistake, or to otherwise make a differeent decision than one thta you had made, what would it have been? And what do you think the result would/should have been?

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Old 03-20-07, 12:38 AM   #2
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Old 03-20-07, 12:39 AM   #3
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If you had the chance to correct a mistake, or to otherwise make a differeent decision than one thta you had made, what would it have been? And what do you think the result would/should have been?

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I never fret about mistakes, I just learn from them so I can make brand new ones! A mistake is never bad unless you are expecting a different outcome from the same path, and repeat the same one over and over again.
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Old 03-20-07, 12:56 AM   #4
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I never fret about mistakes, I just learn from them so I can make brand new ones! A mistake is never bad unless you are expecting a different outcome from the same path, and repeat the same one over and over again.
A definition of insanity is "performing the same task repeatively expecting different outcomes".
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When I was 13, I had a sore throat but went to school and took part in that day's phys ed. At the end of that, my HR stayed high, at 180-190. Didn't feel sick or anything, though. I was taken to the hospital and it was found I had mononucleosis, and the infection made my heart work harder. Later that day, my HR dropped to 100-110 and by the next morning, it was back to normal.

But I wasn't back to normal. I became scared of exercising and spent the next six years completely inactive. This has left me severely disadvantaged in my physical ability, since the most important years I had to build up my body, were wasted.

If I could change one thing, it would be either going to school that day, or how I reacted after the HR thing happened. I would be a very different person today without that incident.
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I think all my decisions in the past have brought me to the place where I am right now. Which isn't a bad place. Sure I would like to change some things about my present life but I would be afraid if I changed something in the past it might take away good things about my life right now.

And maybe I watch too much TV and overdramatized the question. LOL!
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Old 03-20-07, 01:30 AM   #7
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Along time ago I worked with this chic named Yvrose, she was beautiful and tough and was always mean to me.. The last day we worked together we walked around the city after work and ended up at a used bookstore, she told me then that it could be the last time we saw one another.. I really didn't care then whether or not we did because she had always been such a PITA.
About three years later I saw her at my school taking a summer course. She was actually happy to see me and was much nicer to me than before, and this time I actually let myself like her back without reserve. Yeah, anyways she kind of strung me along ..And to this day I look forward to maybe running into her again somewhere - and that's ****ed up. If I could do everything over again I would wish never to have met her, or atleast to have been the one to crush her heart like a bug.

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Old 03-20-07, 01:55 AM   #8
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There's plenty I would do differently given a chance. I don't think I've made too many seriously regrettable choices in my life so far, but there's some choices that bug me in retrospect because they're so far out of my typical character and the principles I stand for and hold others to. But then, without those mistakes, I probably wouldn't care as much about the things I care about. So this is my long-winded way of saying that I don't really know.

Then again, VV didn't say it had to be my mistake. If I could correct any one mistake that affected me personally, I would undo my favorite cousin's accidental death.
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Old 03-20-07, 03:56 AM   #9
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If you had the chance to correct a mistake, or to otherwise make a differeent decision than one thta you had made, what would it have been? And what do you think the result would/should have been?

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I would have transitioned earlier in life. Not married, not had children. Less colaterial damage.

I find comfort in knowing that all things happen as they are supposed to regardless of our will... Kind of a "let go and let God/Thy will be done" thing.

Sounds funny coming from an agnostic pagan.
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Old 03-20-07, 04:01 AM   #10
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If you had the chance to correct a mistake, or to otherwise make a differeent decision than one thta you had made, what would it have been? And what do you think the result would/should have been?

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I think yours was leaving foo and you corrected that
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Old 03-20-07, 04:28 AM   #11
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There are mistakes many and varied in import from "kinda bug me" to "kinda killed me" throughout my life, but if I were to pick one it'd be from a summer afternoon when I was six. I don't even like to think about it in specifics but I'm fairly sure I ruined my life that day. Regardless, I've spent the last couple decades trying to make up for it even though I know I can't. Attempted atonement has led to both my chronic insomnia and a habit of risking myself to aid others in any way possible. I've never been much for god, but a friend who describes himself as a recovering Catholic constantly says that I'm more Catholic than he himself.
...And now I'm feeling a bit anti-social - ain't the internet grand? Perhaps I'll shun the organized outside world for a while.
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could have, should have, would have... meaningless speculation.
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Old 03-20-07, 04:38 AM   #13
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i will not correct the mistake. i'll make the same decision. and i'll be where i am today. hungry and happy.
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Old 03-20-07, 05:50 AM   #14
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could have, should have, would have... meaningless speculation.
+1 shoulda, woulda, coulda don't get us anywhere. I've learned to appreciate what I have and each moment as it comes, rather than to fret over what I don't have or what might have been. We can't change the past, we can only try to make each and every day the best that it can be, one day, or even one moment at a time.
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I don't regret any of the mistakes I've made in my life that had some impact on my direction or relationships or anything.

The only thing I would change would be to go back to that day when I f***ed my foot up and NOT blow it for myself. 6 years on and I've adjusted to life with this handicap. I've learned a lot and it hasn't been pleasant, but I would still want to go back and keep my foot healthy. Damned achilles tendonitis.
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Old 03-20-07, 08:11 AM   #16
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If you had the chance to correct a mistake, or to otherwise make a differeent decision than one thta you had made, what would it have been? And what do you think the result would/should have been?

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i'd have had sex with my english teacher.
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Old 03-20-07, 08:31 AM   #17
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Thinking of some of the stupid stuff I've done in the past always makes me cringe. But it does give me something to compare the good stuff to, so it kind of serves a purpose that way.

Anything you would change, VV?
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Old 03-20-07, 08:39 AM   #18
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I never look back and regret, it's a waste of time. I'd rather move forward and keep doing my best taking decision that I believe in.

Now that you mention it, I wish I could go back in time and not have wasted the time used to write this post and probably your time reading it, too.
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I would have properly kicked a certain friend's ass well before he endangered someone I held very close to me at the time.

Fortunately things worked out alright....but I still think I should have whooped his ass to a severe degree well before it happened (he made a similar screw-up earlier, but I figured he learned from his mistake), just to spare my other friend the messed up situation.
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I would have left the earth flat. I really regret reshaping it into a sphere. It was so much fun to sit back and sip a beer and watch the ships sail over the edge and tumble into oblivion.
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My first wife and I divorced when my daughter was about 6. My daughter and I stayed close until she was 13 or 14. Then she was in band, drama, the flag corp. etc. And she went to all the functions and camps that went along with all the activities. This really cut into our time together but I let her do all the stuff instead of demanding that she be with me. Somehow that got turned into me not wanting her anymore. I never have really been able to get things with her back on track. She's now 23 and working on her masters degree at OU. If I could do it over I would either have worked harder at finding somehow to get me onto her schedule or would have made her cut back on activities to spend more time together. I miss my baby girl.
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I wouldnt of trust so easily.
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Old 03-20-07, 11:30 AM   #23
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My first wife and I divorced when my daughter was about 6. My daughter and I stayed close until she was 13 or 14. Then she was in band, drama, the flag corp. etc. And she went to all the functions and camps that went along with all the activities. This really cut into our time together but I let her do all the stuff instead of demanding that she be with me. Somehow that got turned into me not wanting her anymore. I never have really been able to get things with her back on track. She's now 23 and working on her masters degree at OU. If I could do it over I would either have worked harder at finding somehow to get me onto her schedule or would have made her cut back on activities to spend more time together. I miss my baby girl.
Sooner, at 13 or 14, to a child, all parents become the direct representative of the Antichrist in ALL children's eyes. It's part of the normal development process. They are trying to find their place in the world and still see things in the simple black and white of childhood, but are trying to develop adult independence.

Part of the reason for this is the enforced protracted childhood required by todays technological society. Even 150 years ago, +/-, she'd be moving out into another family as a married adult (and in many societies still might be!), and she was chafing at parental authority she saw as "limiting her". As I said, it was normal and happened because we are wired that way. Our evolution hasn't caught up with our society yet. On the surface, we are urbane and civilized, but underneath, we're still looking at something and grunting: "Me want.....NOW!" and in early teens, it's closer to the surface!
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There are very few "mistakes" that I would un-do; they were all learning experiences that shaped my life, and, while the consequences may have been uncomfortable for me (or someone else) I think it'd be cowardly to invoke devine intervention just to avoid a little well deserved pain.

On the other hand, there have been a *lot* of "missed opportunities" that, if given half a chance I would love to be able to choose a different path than the one I did!
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I have done lots of dumb stuff. The important thing to remember is that we as humans make mistakes, and every time we do we learn an important lesson. So me personally, I wouldn't change anything.
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