Gallery: 14 Things I Should Probably Regret, But Don’t

Just now, when trying to write a post about how I regret everything about my first job (especially the getting myself fired part, but also the letting myself be trapped in a job I hated part), I realized something: I don’t actually regret that at all. Sure, I might do things differently if I found myself in that situation today, but it taught me some important lessons that have informed how I’ve led my life since then. (Do you care? Should I write about these awful lessons tomorrow? Just thinking about it now is making my heart speed up.) Sifting through the rest of my life for regrets, I realized I feel much the same way about most of the “regrettable” things I’ve done. With the exception of the times I’ve hurt people other than myself, I regret none of them, because they helped make me the semi-functional adult I am today. Hence, I give you: 14 things I should probably regret, but don’t.

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    • Sarah

      You are my favorite writer <3 Thank you for this!

    • Jenny

      I love this post in so many ways.

    • Amanda Chatel

      Further proof that I need you to be my mentor.

    • Magda

      Way to be awesome!

      There are so many things that people try to tell me I should regret, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it. Mostly they’re things that are considered by society to be wrong, drinking, partying, sex… I like the comment that someone put on another post about “things that are illegal not being wrong”, I think that that can apply to “social laws/expectations” as well.

      Like Nike, Just Do It! And once its done, keep going.

    • Naomi

      We’re basically soul-twins. High five.

    • Meghan Keane

      Goth Jamie now. Goth Jamie forever.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Teen Goth Me and Teen Goth You could have watched the Crow together.

      • Jamie Peck

        See, this is precisely why I posted that picture. LET’S BOND.

      • Jennifer Wright

        I would have loved to watch The Crow with both of you and I hope you would have let me join in (you wouldn’t have).

      • Holden

        Teen Goth Ashley pic or didn’t happen.

    • Haley

      You’re the best. There are a couple things on here that I have done and which people are trying to tell me I should/will regret but don’t, and that gives me STRENGTH, SUCH STRENGTH to make a serene face and say, “I cannot regret an interesting life.”

    • MM

      You were a cute teen goth. Now I regret not saving pictures of my goth phase!

    • Kimberly @ Twen-Teen

      That New York Press article was the best thing ever! Have you ever seen “This Time Around” on ABC Family? You must!

    • MR

      Nice. :) Yeah, New Wave and Goth. The second, U2 hip hop. Eno is God.