You know exactly what I’m talking about. We make decisions everyday that leave us scratching our heads only moments later, wondering how we could have been so silly as to have made them in the first place.
Some decisions take days, weeks, months or even years to come back and haunt us. Others take minutes, even seconds, to be deemed stupid.
The worst part about these poor decisions is that once they are made, they can’t be taken back. You have reached and passed the point of no return. Now you’re stuck with them. What can you do? Nothing. It’s too late.
Here are 10 common decisions we regret just about as soon as we make them:
1. Snapping at your mother.
Let’s be honest; we tend to give our parents a hard time. I never understood why I was the devil-child that I was growing up, but after yelling at my mother for whatever silly reason, I was left with the same sh*tty feeling in my gut.
Having quick outbursts of rage towards our parents seems to be a favorite pastime of Generation-Y. We like to blame our parents for our problems — even if it’s clearly not the case that they had anything to do with our unhappiness.
Cut your mom some slack. She has problems of her own that she needs to deal with -- real problems. If you’re having a bad day, take it out on someone else.
2. Taking that one last shot.
We’ve all been there. You’re out with your friends having a good time, mingling and slugging back the shots. As the night goes on, the music gets louder and your vision becomes blurrier and blurrier.
Then comes the moment you’ve been waiting for: You picked up a hottie and are ready to take her back to her place to get it on!
You take one last shot to keep the buzz going and to make sure the buggy doesn’t turn back into a pumpkin, or this eight back into a six before you get the job done. You swig that sh*t back and then it hits you: You may have just overdone it.
In the cab you multitask by fondling with one hand and rolling down the window with the other in hopes of getting enough oxygen to slow the world from turning upside down. Once you get to her place you have to split your time between her orgasms and you puking up a lung in the bathroom. We’ve all been there… just me?
3. Staying up late on a work/school night.
You know you need to be up early. You know you have a long day ahead of you. You know you need six hours of sleep to be somewhat functional.
Yet, here you are five hours before your alarm goes off and you’re still out partying. Or home watching movies or TV shows. Or having sex. We are a generation looking for instant gratification. We want our senses pleased now, not tomorrow.
We don’t want to think too far into the future because it will deter us from having fun now. Then comes the morning and you hate yourself for putting yourself in that position — again.
4. Giving out your number.
Do not give out contact information to anyone you don’t want to contact you. Whether it’s a creepy guy or girl or a telemarketer, don’t give out ways for people to reach you if you don’t want them to reach you.
Sure, you’re being pressured. Sure, you don’t like telling people no. But you will have to deal with these people later on when they decide to bother you.
“This guy won’t stop blowing up my phone! AH! Make it stop!” So why the hell did you give him your number in the first place? You’re just wasting your time — and his.
5. Saying yes weeks ahead of time.
I’m a planner. I keep very busy and I need to keep a schedule or otherwise I find myself overlooking something and falling behind. However, I don’t plan months ahead of time — at least not in detail. Don’t say yes to anything weeks ahead of time.
Your circumstances are sure to change by then and you will find yourself at a loss. I booked a vacation for me and my girlfriend at the time to Jamaica. I booked it a month and a half in advance, never thinking I would break up with her before that date. I mean, I ended up taking another girl, but still…
Don’t spend money that you don’t have — or the money you need for things that have to be paid. We like to treat ourselves from time to time.
We work hard and feel that we deserve to play hard, as well. However, sometimes you simply shouldn’t spend the extra money — no mater how hard you’ve been working. Avoid going on shopping sprees or buying things on a whim.
You probably don’t need what you are buying, anyway, and you’ll likely need that money in the future for something more urgent. You can wear the winter jacket you bought yourself last year. I get strong bouts of buyer’s guilt. But once it’s already bought, you feel stupid for returning it.
Say what you will, but McDonald’s is tasty — it was designed to be perceived that way. The only problem is that the second you swallow and allow for digestion, you feel like crap.
McDonald’s is only good in the moment, but as the moment quickly passes, you’ll wish you stuck with a salad, or a slice of pizza, or anything really other than the Big Mac you just had. If you’re drunk or stoned, you might not regret it until the following morning.
8. Lighting up before work.
Some people are productive potheads -- most aren’t. You may think you can take a bong rip and then get right back to work, but chances are, you are wrong.
Chances are that this isn’t the first time you’re trying to convince yourself of how productive you will be while floating on a cloud of reefer. If you have something you need to take care of immediately, then leave the pipe, bowl, joint or blunt for afterwards. On a side note: Don’t do drugs.
9. Going to college.
Okay, so you may not regret this immediately. But either you or your parents will once you graduate and find yourself in hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and jobless. Welcome to our economy.
10. “You, too.”
Saying "I love you" is a big deal. There is nothing more awkward than being told by your boyfriend or girlfriend that he or she loves you when you don’t feel the same.
It’s not your fault; love comes over time and can’t be forced. At the same time, you really like this person and don’t want to hurt his or her feelings. So you don’t tell your partner that you love him or her, but instead throw out the, “You, too.”
You quickly realize that now your partner thinks the love is mutual, when in fact, that's not what you're feeling at all. You are trying to eat your words while your relationship begins to fall apart.