We all make poor choices from time to time, but have you ever made one decision that has totally ruined your life?
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You had me at "made a baby."Giphy
Made a baby with a person who shouldn't be an aunt, let alone a mother.
Predatory lending at its finest.
Taking out a payday loan.
I started getting behind on bills so I took out a small payday loan, I paid it back. Then I started relying on them to continue paying bills. It went for the worse when I needed to take another payday loan for rent and food. Then I needed to take out ANOTHER payday loan just to pay a previous payday loan.
Don't ever take out a Payday loan.
Don't drink then drive.Giphy
I was an apprentice lineman. Lost my whole career because I couldn't drive the big trucks without a CDL. I still make the same 15yrs later. I regret it often. The worse was bumping into my old crew working a storm making $60/HR.
To be fair, college doesn't always pay off.
Dropping out of college.
I hope whoever this is knows it's not their fault.
I was 14. My mom was sick in the bathroom, seemed to have a stomach bug because she was throwing up. My dad was busy getting ready to go to work and told me to keep an eye on my mom. I brushed it off, because I had homework and wanted to get on the computer to message my friends. 20 minutes or so later, he was about to head out the door when he asked me if she was doing okay. I said I hadn't checked yet, sighed and made my way to the bathroom. That's where we found her dead on the floor from a heart attack.
I know it's not my fault that she died, but if I had just gone to check on her sooner or sat with her for a while, it's possible the paramedics could have gotten there in time to save her.
My father ended up going kinda nuts after that, became abusive, and I moved in with a foster family – my life was absolutely forever changed by her death.
Probably not the best plan.Giphy
First year of college, spent most of my time at a video arcade in the student union instead of doing homework.
It's never too late to see the world.
I bailed on amazing opportunities and life-changing experiences — some of them necessary (university) — to stay with a girl I spent 8 years with.... Who eventually cheated on me.
Ha, remember the guy who got Mitt Romney's campaign logo tattoed on his face?
Hi welcome to today's economy.Giphy
Choosing a science degree (zoology) instead of doing something more practical, like paramedicine, or vision science, or something anatomy based to be a physiotherapist or OT. I can't get into any masters courses. I can't find relevant employment that won't cause me to blow my brains out.
I wanted to be a f*cking zookeeper or animal handler. I hate my decision. I'm being rejected from pet shops.
That'll do it.
Getting married then having her pressure me into a 'baby bandaid' to fix our shitty relationship.
People who beat addiction are tough as nails.
Doing heroin, it really f*cked my life Up. I lost everything and everyone close to me. I've been off heroin for 3 years now and I'm never going back. I feel so grateful to be out of that!
Using a credit card in 2012. I'm now over 10k in credit card debt. Still owe 4k on a POS car and a few hundred on personal loans. It's like the past 6+ years in the Marines have been pointless (financially speaking). And I only have about 7 weeks until I get out. I'll get my head straight once I start school though. Wish me luck :-)
Even having a masters doesn't guarantee anything.
Going to grad school straight out of college. Went from one traditional school to another for something I didn't really want but was made to feel it was all I could get. Lots of time and money wasted there.
The joys of for-profit health care.Giphy
Took a wrong step while hiking and went over an embankment. In the immediate aftermath I learned that some people will actively ignore you even if crawling along a riverbank with a shattered leg and ankle, trying to hold onto consciousness. I also learned how you'll be treated when uninsured (this was pre-ACA and I was working as a "contractor" at the time). But I also learned that, when everything's gone horribly wrong, there are a few (albeit very few) people who'll step up and fight to keep you alive (botched surgery caused an infection that nearly killed me and kept me hospitalized for five months).