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18 Life Choices You’d Be Wise to Steer Clear Of

Navigating life’s choices is a challenging endeavor, and it’s inevitable that we’ll stumble upon missteps along the way. However, these mistakes are not merely pitfalls but rather opportunities for growth and learning.

A user asked the forum, “What are some really bad common life choices?”. Here are the top responses.

STAYING IN BAD SITUATIONS FOR SO LONG

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“Staying in a bad situation because you are afraid of changing it.”

NEGLECTING RELATIONSHIPS

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“Neglecting Relationships: failing to invest time and effort in maintaining relationships with family, friends, or partners, which can lead to loneliness and lack of support.”

DOING EVERYTHING IN EXCESS

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“Excess, be that drinking, smoking, eating, or just working too much.”

HAVING CHILDREN

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“Having children with no means to support them.”

FAILING TO INVEST

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“Failing to invest in yourself whether it be learning new skills, exercise, therapy, or simply experiencing new things.”

CREDIT CARD MISUSE

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“Using a credit card to buy things without the means to repay it without interest.”

ADDICTION TO NICOTINE

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“Getting addicted to nicotine. It’s utterly pointless and doesn’t even get you high. Well, in the beginning, you get a head rush for about 30 seconds to a minute, but it quickly stops being a thing as the tolerance increases. But it’s hard to kick once you do get addicted. You just don’t know how to be without it anymore.

I remember my grandma making me promise to never start smoking. I promised, but I was in my mid-teens back then, and smoking seemed cool (e-cigs/vapes were still like ten years ahead).

Well, it all started with me occasionally bumming a cigarette from the “cool kids,” eventually asking the older kids to buy me a pack, and I ended up a full-time smoker for almost ten years. Like during the ages 16-26, I smoked.

Nowadays, I use nicotine pouches for harm reduction, but it’s a totally pointless addiction to have. I basically use it just to curb the craving. Doesn’t make me feel “good” or alter my mind in anyway.”

SITTING FOR TOO LONG

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“Sitting for too long, constantly, every day.”

GOING TO THE UNIVERSITY

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“Going to the university only because you think you have to. For some people, it is a good decision, but it is not for everyone, and there are other options.”

SPENDING TOO MUCH ON WEDDING

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“Spending stupid amounts of money on a wedding.”

NOT CHALLENGING YOURSELF AND OTHER

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“Not challenging yourself, the excuses people live off are pathetic.

Seeking validation from the wrong people or just strangers.

Not realizing long-term goals are required for a happy life.

Being overly confident in your own opinions, everyone should feel a degree of doubt.”

DROPPING OUT OF THE COLLEGE

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“This is probably an unpopular opinion here on Reddit, but dropping out of college. It can work for some people, but mostly it doesn’t.”

NOT BEING MY OWN MEDICAL ADVOCATE

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“Not being your own medical advocate.

So many people choose just to go with whatever treatment a doctor deems, even if it may not be the best option.

Reminder: YOU hired that doctor, so don’t you think you should have more say in what happens to your body?

Edit: are some of you seriously upset about an argument to suggest dangerous quack nonsense is acceptable in lieu of actual medical care? I meant more along the lines of COLLABORATION. Ask questions, ask for different options, and don’t be afraid to open the door to different opinions. It’s your life, after all.”

BUYING A CAR

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“Buying a car before having secured savings.”

PUTTING ALL YOUR MONEY INTO RETIREMENT

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“Putting all of your money and future plans into retirement, then dying without living.”

NOT BRUSHING DAILY

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“Not having a daily tooth brushing regimen.”

NOT EXERCISING

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“Not exercising, especially strength training.”

LIVING ABOVE THE MEANS

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“Living above or at one’s means. You really should be living below your means so you can put some money each month into an investment and not accumulate debt. This is possible for most people, but it takes a willingness to go without some things you want to have now for a better long-term future.”

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This article was originally published on Mrs. Daaku Studio.