20 Things Folks In This Online Thread Regret Buying Even If They Thought That They Really Wanted Them
We often feel like if we achieve a certain goal, fulfill a certain dream, or get a certain thing, it will bring us happiness. We do lots of crazy things to achieve that momentary happiness. Yet, sometimes all we get is disappointment.
People stop liking something that they really wanted badly in the past. That’s because our thoughts and desires change, and so does the value of that thing we wanted. Someone asked this question in a Reddit thread– “What is something you thought you wanted, but really regretted afterwards?” Many Reddit users answered the question making the thread viral. The 2.7K upvotes and around 8.4K comments on this post show how relatable this topic is. Scroll below to read some answers.
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#1 A Business
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A business. Supposedly my dream job….but I haaaate it.
Yes, I own a bakery that I’ve run for 13 years. It’s successful, always paid its bills….but it’s definitely zapped the joy out of a hobby. Anyone that has worked with the public knows it’s taxing. I’ve lost the creative aspect and just feel like a slave to it honestly. Bakery hours can be rough, so maybe it’s the lack of sleep catching up to me, lol. I just know that I was already feeling burned out, but now with the insane increase to costs of supplies – and the unpredictability of finding certain things altogether, I’ve decided this will be my last year in business.
#2 Go Pro
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I don’t even go on a picnic. What the f**k did I need a go pro for.
#3 Being Single
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I’m a 25 y/o gay male that was dating an older man. We had a great life together. I thought I wanted to be single because I needed the experience of living on my own/having other partners, but now realizing I lost something truly special. It’s hard learning to date again.
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Waterbed. Biggest waste of money. Spent 1k on the most uncomfortable bed ever. Practically broke my back and sold it for 100 after just a year of using it.
#5 Getting Off Meds
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To get off my meds. Did. Was absolutely terrible . Went back on them probably for the rest of my life
#6 A Backyard Pool
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A backyard pool.
I always wanted one until I had one.
It was a huge pain in the a**. Had to buy chemicals, had to test the water, had to clean it, found dead snakes in the skimmer baskets, had to get the pump replaced, etc.
I agree with what several commenters have said. If you can afford to have someone do the work for you then it’s something really nice to have. If you can afford the mortgage on the house with the pool but still mow your own lawn, clean your own house, etc. The pool is likely to be more trouble than it’s worth.
#7 Massage Chair
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Massage chair. I enjoyed the demo in the shop, that’s about it.
#8 A Friend-With-Benefits
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A friend-with-benefits. I thought it would be fun and effortless but definitely not. He told me sweet things in the beginning saying he could see it being more, I fell for it quickly like an amateur
Then we had sex. Afterwards he’s playing hot and cold and my feelings are on a roller coaster of “what is happening??” Says he just wants to be strictly fwb and not pursue anything more but is still interested in me. *Then* he says he’s not interested in being friends anymore either. Maybe I was too clingy after the initial sweet words, maybe he wasn’t ever truly interested in anything but a one night thing but either way my head was spinning. I have never doubted myself more. I just wish he would have been more decisive on what he wanted.
Wonderful guy, wish nothing but the best for him but whew, hell of a week. No more fwb for me lmaoo.
#9 Current Job
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The job I am currently in. The work is alright, but the company is s**t.
#10 A Ketchup And Mustard Sandwich
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When I was a kid, I was insistent on having a ketchup and mustard sandwich. I begged my mom to make it for me. My rationale was if a hamburger was delicious on a bun with ketchup and mustard, surely a sandwich minus the meat would be great. My Mom finally made the sandwich. I immediately regretted it.
#11 A Collection Of Lockdown Gym Equipment
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I bought a collection of lockdown gym equipment I had all good intentions for. It turns out a lack of free time wasn’t really the reason I wasn’t ripped.
#12 Joining The Military
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Joining the military.
I miss my hearing.
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#14 Nose Ring
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Nose ring. Once I got it, it just felt like I had a booger in my nose that I couldn’t get rid of
#15 Art Degree From A Private Institution
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My art degree from a private institution. It’s “nationally accredited“ which means its useless
#16 Being An Adult
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Being an adult…
#17 Marine Fish Tank
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Marine fish tank. They look absolutely gorgeous when clean and running well however I didn’t bank on how difficult it would be to have it clean and running well..
#18 Achieving A Degree
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Taking out student loans to achieve a degree that will never pay me enough to pay back the student loans.
#19 A Job That Involves Skills From One Of The Hobbies
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Working a job that involves skills from one of my hobbies. Now it feels more like work than the hobby.
#20 A New Ski Boat
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Buying a new ski boat. Expensive, too big to keep in the garage and burned $80 in gas in an afternoon (when gas was still affordable). Mostly I pulled the kids and their friends on wake boards or kneeboards around and around in circles while the air temperature was close to 100 and came home dehydrated and with a headache. A happy day is when you buy a boat. A happier day is when you sell that b***h.