Trowa Barton (trowa_barton) wrote,
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Do-Over Meme

If you could get one "do-over"--that is, if you could go back in time and change one decision or action you've ever made, what would it be? What do you think would be different now, in your psyche or circumstances?

Don't reply directly in my LJ; post this meme, with your answer to the question, in your own LJ and post the link as a reply here.


The problem with this meme is that I don't have one big thing to change, just many little ones. For example:

(1) I would like to have done better at my first job out of college. I was a mechanical engineer for Intelligent Automation. I botched up an experiment which resulted in me getting fired. I haven't been working in that field since (though I took a couple of thermodynamics courses). I've been a tester for 4 years since that time

(2) I would like to have visited one of my high school teachers more often before she died of breast cancer. Never had that talk where I would say "Good-bye. Thank you for all that you've done to help me."

(3) I would like to have done better as a student at MIT. I had the MIT-experience but not the MIT grades. That hampered my chances of going into a good graduate school. I would have had a masters by now if things were different.

(4) There was an issue with a grade-school teacher, my mom, and the NYPD that I would like to have avoided. Long story.

(5) And then there are the exes in my life. The problem was that my break-up with one would result in me dating the next one. The only exception is the first girlfriend I ever had. I would like to have never dated her. She was a freshman; I was pushing 20. She didn't know what she wanted in life, and I was dragged into her manic-depression. She broke up with me, resulting in my contempt for the human race and my first suicide attempt. Also, it was a reminder that I started relatively late in dating, relationships, and sex (didn't have it until I was 24). I always wanted to not be shy around women at an early age. It felt like I've been playing catch-up.
I am confident, however, that I would have still dated W, auror, and my current sweetie hammercock if I never dated the first girlfriend.
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