Vote For The Best Regrets Week Submission!

Man, we really loved your submissions for Regrets Week–every single one of you came across as thoughtful, introspective, compassionate and–best of all–you all seemed to learn something from your regret. We were pretty floored by you guys and really happy to see all the support and good will in the comment threads. Now we’d like to give you some fancy sunglasses.

Pick your favorite regret below–but if you explain your reasoning in a comment, that essay will get an extra point. The submission with the highest rating will receive some these designer shades by Lumete! Polls close tomorrow at 4.

I Regret Not Loving Myself Sooner
I Regret My College Major
I Regret Letting Codependency Rule My Life
I Regret My Long Distance Relationship
I Regret My Tattoos
I Regret Ignoring A Celebrity In Public
I Regret Dating a Criminal
I Regret My Credit Card Debt
I Regret Not Pressing Charges Against My Rapist
I Regret My Undergraduate Poetry
I Regret Not Breaking Up With My Boyfriend Sooner
I Regret Stealing Because I Was Bored
I Regret Dying My Naturally Blonde Hair
I Regret Losing Touch With My Siblings
I Regret Community College
I Regret Losing My Best Friend

Sorry! This poll is now closed.

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    • bean

      Not Pressing Charges Against My Rapist was the most powerful.

      Undergraduate Poetry was most hilarious.

      Tattoos was maybe my personal favorite?

      But! Since I only get one, I’ll go with Not Pressing Charges because… that was the most intense thing I’ve read in a long time.

    • Kim

      All were good, but I Regret dating a Criminal was my favorite because it was honest and funny without being a downer. I like how she made light of that regret.

    • Cathryn

      1 hour ago

      I’m voting for this one as the best because it is so very clear that Cathryn has taken a good hard look at her life and decided she wanted to turn it around-including her appearance. Tattoos are not necessarily liberating, which I think is one of the many reasons people want them. Although they can be useful in making strong personal statements about oneself. The problem is that then one has to live with the permanent personal statement. The obviously angry person who made those tattoos, has become a much wiser person. She’s learned a valuable lesson through these misguided tattoos about life in the usual workforce, self expression and the need to think about the future before taking a course of action-because even the simplest choices can have long standing consequences. The other essays are compelling, but I truly think this one shows the most most growth and the largest number of lessons learned at a young age. It can’t have been easy but the wisdom acquired is very admirable.
      By the way, I am not the same person as the one who wrote the essay, but I do spell my name the same way.

    • RC

      Loved I Regret Dating a Criminal. Highlarious!!

    • Cassandra M.

      I voted for “I Regret My Tattoos” because I strongly feel it was the story that showed the most personal growth & was also the best written.

    • Rose

      I also voted for I regret dating a criminal because it was an easy and fun read.

    • Ellen W.

      I think they’re all at least good and most of them are great and nearly a third are super-great so I’m having trouble voting. Can I just say how much I love the cat picture?

    • Josh

      i vote for i regret dating a criminal

    • Alexander B.

      The author of this article seduced me into reading it. I never wanted. But like the “Johnny’s girl” she is she knew some very persuasive methods. What’s a man to do? But concede defeat and vote his fingers bloody, raping the mouse till the cows come running home. What’s a man to do? A good idea would be not to stalk “Johnny’s girl”.

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