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I Wonder What Could Have Been If I Had Made Different Choices

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    I'm in a situation where right now,

    I am thinking through one of the biggest decisions of my life so far and I know this will be a time I look back on and wonder about what would have happened if.... Has anyone else had that - knowing you're at a fork in road and knowing that the path you take, whichever one...
    Tigertail807 Tigertail807 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 27, 2015

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    Perhaps not wasting 30 Of the best years of my

    life with one person who clearly doesn't deserve me.
    Angelkind Angelkind 51-55, F 6 Responses Jan 20

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    I cheated on my last girlfriend.

    Our relationship was amazing, far better than I could have ever hoped for or expected. I may be young, and some may argue I don't know what love is, but I truly loved my girlfriend (let's call her Melissa) to pieces. Like I said, our relationship was fantastic - she was my...
    AliBali123 AliBali123 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 20, 2015

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    what if i stayed with him.

    I'd have a loving but busy boyfriend. I miss him but now he is gone..
    sahikat sahikat 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 30, 2015

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    I guess it's like the butterfly effect,

    one outcome could change multiple ones..that'd be sweet.. I mean I want to keep certain aspects.. but overall I'd toss this out and start a new ...Wondering never has done much good.. I'd steal baby me and run for the hills.. FAR FAR FAR from this place ...that's for sure.. I...
    Cocrispy Cocrispy 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 25, 2015

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    I really do wonder what my life would have been

    like if I had not goofed up so many things since 2002. I was newly single and had bought my deceased parents' home from my brothers. One day I realized that I would be living there alone the rest of my life and might even die there just like my mother did. The thought terrified...
    GrandmaNanma GrandmaNanma 61-65, F 4 Responses Dec 29, 2015

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    One wrong decision one mistake

    and my life have been changed for ever. Maybe it was meant to be
    pinelli111 pinelli111 61-65, M 4 Responses Nov 29, 2015

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    If I had the opportunity to go back in life to

    make different decisions, then my life would've been much better then it is now. But I can't dwell in the past and have to move on with my life by making better decisions that I will be happy to look back on when I get older.
    HAMSOLO HAMSOLO 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 25, 2015

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    If I'd refused to answer his email,

    would I have dated someone I went to college with? If I'd walked away at the first major fight, would I have found a way to stay in school? If I'd paid more attention to how he spoke of his female friends, would I have avoided being abused? If I'd said no, would I have ever...
    midnitephoenix midnitephoenix 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 8, 2015

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    I wish I had known a few things.

    Mostly I wish I had known my wife wasn't interested in being a mother BEFORE we adopted our son. I love him dearly but I don't like being essentially a single father when I am actually married.
    Bernese15 Bernese15 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 30, 2015

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    In 1964 I was in line

    for standing room only tickets for the World Series between the St Louis Cardinals and the Yankees. I young lady came up behind me and we talked, she only needed one ticket as did I. However they allowed you to purchase two tickets for game one and two tickets for game two...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 5, 2015

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    So yesterday I made the biggest choice of my

    life. I hope it all turns out the way I planned, but then agian maybe I chose wrong.
    MrPoolofsouls MrPoolofsouls 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 20, 2015

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    And So She Disappears.....

    it has happened on more than one occasion that i would get to know someone on EP, shared experiences and then like a misty cloud, they disappear into thin air. (this time GoddessFM) without a trace....... We all have experiences that haunt us, stuff that happens where we do not...
    solarstruck solarstruck 41-45, M 3 Responses Feb 6, 2013

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    I think we all do at times.

    ..... But overall I am satisfied with mine
    Bobmarine Bobmarine 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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    I've often walk down this street before.

    I really think I live my life in a "what if" mode. I sometimes get annoyed that I'm not pleased enough that I have to remember the past, but if you had no past you would have no future. I've made mistakes but there has also been great things as a result. I really don't see any...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 24, 2015

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    I wonder if there are an infinite number of

    "me" in alternate realities on different paths.
    InfernoGoodtime InfernoGoodtime 31-35, M Nov 20, 2015

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    Trapped by my profession

    because I'm trapped by my life choices. A quick sign onto work has resulted in 3+ hours of work. And I'm no longer billing by the hour :(
    Gwall1234 Gwall1234 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 28, 2015

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    I wonder what my life would be like

    if I wasn't abused as a kid. Would I be able to trust people and socialize better? She ruined my entire childhood and now I can't connect with people. And what would my life be like if I wasn't the most confusing person I have ever met/if I didn't have 3 sides.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 20

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    I want to know what would have been different

    if I had stayed away from drugs and alcohol...
    AskingEmilia2 AskingEmilia2 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 1

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    Love is a Choice Underlined Affirmations

    cover All Walls In thought parchment A soul audition Dance Unravels desire The music changes midstride Phantom partner switch A marionette jerks Shuffles towards me Attempts to glide Soul Oneness Denied postponed Stumble into sleepless Pain Unearthing Blocked energy In...
    Strawberrygiggles Strawberrygiggles 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 10, 2015

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    Man . . .

    There are so many what-ifs in my life, I could probably write an entire series about them. Good news is, I'm trying to make up for it now. Here's hoping for a better year . . . . .
    Rookie009 Rookie009 22-25, M Jan 31, 2013

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    Too much; not waiting,

    different majors in college, meeting different people, can only learn and move on.
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M Sep 23, 2015

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    Hi this I can really relate to I have made

    so bad decisions and I often wonder what it could have been if I made the right ones my life has been hell and I wonder if I did the things I was planning I wonder about this quite a bit it sends you on all sorts of journeys but I have made the right decisions recently and I'm...
    lor44 lor44 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 14, 2015

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    Things could have been better.

    Or things could be much worse than they are now. Sometimes, there is no right or wrong choice. Two choices may eventually lead to the same outcome or completely different ones. What if I chose a different school? Would I make friends? Would there be more work? What if I didn't...
    PinksTheNewBlack PinksTheNewBlack 16-17, F Sep 23, 2015

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    If we were all truly open & honest with

    ourselves & the people in our worlds this would be such a easy thing to admit you've wondered, thought about, wished with every bit of your being that you had done...For me, I have no problem admiting that I've made poor choices that will always haunt me, cause me to wonder...
    Tp8z Tp8z 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 8, 2015

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    Well, I could go on forever,

    but, what for! In any case, if someone out their actually gives a **** about my choices, here's one that sticks out in what's left of my mind! When I was 20 something I made the choice that I did not need a job. Instead I thought the $$$$$ would never run out and the person who...
    EXPWEBSTER1 EXPWEBSTER1 70+, M 1 Response Oct 18, 2015

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    Darkli Darkli 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 8, 2015

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    To Rebuild A Bridge...

    To each his own, and may the ends justify the means. It seems to make sense, doesn't it? Even the most awful choices we make seem to justify the goal. I've reflected quite a bit on the things I've done. I'm pining...brooding...it's what you do when true love crumbles. You...
    TheHonestLiar TheHonestLiar 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 17, 2010

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    Is there anyone that doesn't,

    what if is a huge part of my life. What if I'd waited, what if I hadn't waited and so on and so forth.
    backagain64 backagain64 51-55, F 4 Responses Jan 19

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    I often feel as if I have lived someone else's

    life. When I was younger, I was somewhat Idealistic, but very true to myself. I love nature, animals, physical challenges, witty people, silly senses of humor, simple times, being romantic, late night times around a fire and quiet times with a great non fiction adventure book...
    camabs camabs 56-60, M Dec 30, 2015

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    The way, your path always has breaks in it,

    forks in the road. You choose to do something or go in a direction and to what result. Some lurk at places opportune to their criminality, even in your own arrondissement. The way chosen becomes a nightmare of hateful history.
    Shafqat98 Shafqat98 16-17, F Dec 2, 2015

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    My husband has an anger problem.

    I'm really passive and soft. But little things will turn him into this mean raging man. The rest of the time he's super affectionate. Often inappropriately so in public. If I don't feel super kissy because I'm tired or stressed from school or busy working on something, he can...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Oct 2, 2015

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    SpontaneousRecoveryLovely SpontaneousRecoveryLovely 18-21, M Nov 28, 2015

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    I asked myself this question

    for quite some time now and I realized that little would have changed. Maybe I wouldnt have gone through this guilt and healing process but I do realize now that our friendship was doomed to fail. So it was just a matter of time, but I also keep in mind that even though I made...
    GuiltBear GuiltBear 31-35, M Jul 4, 2015

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    I sometimes wonder what my life would have been

    like if I had followed my original plan and have attended law school. I would be a much different person than I am today. I wonder if I would have been happier, maybe not but I do think about it sometimes.
    savoy2 savoy2 46-50, M 3 Responses Sep 25, 2015

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    I always reflect back to a relationship

    that started my last semester of college I was 24 he was 33. All I dated was "guys." The 9 yr age difference then was I was dating a "man." He had long been out of college, he obtained a house, worked in corporate America, was years ahead of me sexual in experience. And yes to...
    Kyleegirl2015 Kyleegirl2015 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 7, 2015

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    Was gonna remove dad At 16 And dodged

    disability At 18 But caved To get help from dad Years later But if me hadnt Me would not have pill damage So Would me be breathing With no stents Or killed by homelessness Or depression from it
    JustBipolarMe JustBipolarMe 46-50, M Jan 18

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    So I am now in a lot of pain.

    I don't know if what happens it my own body or if I seriously got hurt. I tell my mom, and she tells my dad, and he says I'm fine. Well if I was fine, why does it burn to breath? If I was raised like my friend, would things be different. Would I be free, or all stuck in...
    ToukaKirishima ToukaKirishima 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 19, 2015

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    Knowledge is precious,

    and being better informed helps make choices easier to deal with.
    backagain64 backagain64 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    Traceavery Traceavery 61-65, M 4 Responses Jan 19, 2015

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    The 3 C's of Life: Choices,

    Chances and Changes. "You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change."
    sumtone sumtone 31-35, M Aug 6, 2015

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    A little boy said "Mom,

    did u know that Anna is an angel"? Mom said "U mean the maid, why do u say that"? The boy said "Well, because I saw her naked in your bedroom with her hands on the wall & she was shouting; "Oh God I am coming... I am coming ... I am coming...". If it wasn't for dad who was...
    Merlin266 Merlin266 18-21, M Jan 7

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    Right now this is on my mind.

    I have a big feeling if I had made a different choice long ago, my health would be better. I wish my younger self had been wise, but then again it's because of my expierences I know better now. The price was high to pay.
    Cadiaaya Cadiaaya 26-30, F Jun 27, 2015

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    TheCroissant TheCroissant 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 8, 2015

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    I've been thinking about this a lot lately.

    There was one point in my life where if I had made a different choice, my entire life would be different. I wish I could jump into an alternate reality and find out...
    TaranKai TaranKai 46-50, F 6 Responses Sep 24, 2015

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