Dumbest Things You’ve Done In Your 20’s
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For many of us, our 20s are a time for growth, experimentation, and maturation. Sometimes, however, that experimentation can lead to some pretty dumb decisions! Whether making poor financial choices, getting into trouble with the law, or simply making embarrassing mistakes, most people have at least one story they’d rather forget from their 20s. A post we recently found asked the question, “What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done in your 20s?” and users were quick to share some of the dumbest things they did while in their 20s!
One Redditor said, “Decided against contributing to my company’s matching 401k. Cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
One user said, “I personally think it was my general lake of effort to build any good habits like exercise. Your body likes routines, and my routine of gaming for 15 hours a day was not one I should have cultivated.”
Another Redditor said, “Not look after my teeth.”
This Redditor shared, “Worked way too hard and burnt out. Sacrificed family time. Sacrificed health.”
Another user said, “Begged to be loved.”
This user shared, “I took powerlifting way too seriously. I spent 7 years in gyms for hours daily, skipping every social occasion and holiday.”
This Redditor shared, “Fell into a debilitating drug addiction.”
Another user said, “I was hopelessly addicted to heroin. That led to lots of shenanigans. Robbing summer rentals in the winter was probably the worst of it.”
This Redditor shared, “Took a $12k loan to buy a motorcycle. Didn’t want to pay for comprehensive insurance, the bike got stolen 4 months later.”
This user said, “Got into a half-hearted relationship and wasted 3 years of my life.”
Another Redditor stated, “Broke a window with my forehead. Willingly.”
This Redditor said, “Not studying properly. At the time studying for 2-7 years seemed like a lifetime, but now at 30, I wish I had done it. Don’t have the money or flexibility to do it now.”
Focused On Work
This user said, “Assumed climbing the corporate ladder is the way to do life.”
Another Redditor admitted, “I got married to the wrong woman. Never get married to someone who isn’t sure if they love you.”
This user said, “Went to Italy and forgot to eat pizza.”
This Redditor said, “Broke up with (what may as well have been) the greatest girlfriend I’ve ever had. Three years later, I’m still single, and I think about her occasionally.”
Ran Up Debt
A Redditor mentioned, “Ran up $11k worth of credit card debt over 18 months when I was 25-26. I didn’t become debt free until I was 33 and never had an excellent credit score until 36.”
This user said, “Faked being depressed oftentimes and eventually got depressed.”
Another user said, “Smoked.”
This Redditor said, “Snuck into a construction site and drove a steamroller around for a while… I couldn’t believe they had just left the keys in it!”
A Redditor shared, “Arrested at 20 and convicted by the feds of selling MDMA.”
This Redditor said, “Not build my credit.”
This Redditor said, “Not buy a house. Back in ’01-’03, houses in my old neighborhood sold for $250-350k. Twenty years later, they’re worth $1.2-1.5 million.”
Another user said, “Let myself get overweight.”
This Redditor said, “Not take a year off between high school and college to figure out exactly what major I want.”
Finally, A Redditor divulged, “Stole a taxi cab in South Korea while I was drunk off Soju. Turned the light on and drove around, picking my drunken friends up.”
We can all be pretty stupid in our young age and these Redditors sure proved that point.
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