Regrets at 50, I’ve had a few

Here are a small fraction of the regrets I have from my first half-century of living.

I recently turned 50, which is as good a time as any to look back on one’s life. When I do, in addition to appreciating all the good stuff that’s happened to me (mostly by luck), I realize there have also been lots of, um, poor choices on my part. Below is a small sampling of the many things I regret having done over the years, in no particular order.

I regret blow drying my hair as a teenager. That was a bad idea, I realize now.
I regret blow drying my hair as a teenager. That was a bad idea, I realize now.
I regret not being more open to trying new things — usually.
I regret not being more open to trying new things — usually.
I regret not being happy at 6 feet 2 inches and trying to heighten.
I regret not being happy at 6 feet 2 inches and trying to heighten.
I regret going to grad school to study a topic I wasn’t really interest in, for four years.
I regret going to grad school to study a topic I wasn’t really interest in, for four years.
I regret leaving grad school and not getting a PhD and its perks.
I regret leaving grad school and not getting a PhD and its perks.
I regret not drinking coffee until my mid-20s. I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since.
I regret not drinking coffee until my mid-20s. I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since.
I regret having only lived in the northeast and not someplace more exotic.
I regret having only lived in the northeast and not someplace more exotic.
I regret yelling too much, particularly at my family but also at other stuff (cartoon of guy yelling at toilet).
I regret yelling too much, particularly at my family but also at other stuff (cartoon of guy yelling at toilet).
I regret bing too dependent on routines and not going with the flow more often, or ever.
I regret bing too dependent on routines and not going with the flow more often, or ever.
I regret not pursuing a comedy career when I was younger. Maybe it’s not too late, or maybe it is. The end.
I regret not pursuing a comedy career when I was younger. Maybe it’s not too late, or maybe it is. The end.

I plan on updating this every 50 years, so check back!

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