Missed opportunities

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Missed opportunities
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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 8:17pm
We all have them in our past. Maybe it's a guy we wish we had said yes to. Maybe it's a scholarship we didn't take or a club we didnt join. Of course, all of our choices (and non-choices) got us where we are today, but if there were one opportunity you wish you had taken (or maybe one you would have liked to have), what would it be?

I'm watching the American Idol episode from last night (fast forwarding through most of it) and thinking about all the opportunities I wasn't given in high school, especially in choir. I worked very hard, but it seems like everything I worked for was yanked from me by a teacher/coach/director. It taught me that no matter how hard you work or how much you think you deserve something, you can't always have it. Now that I'm older, I kind of wish that I could just once show the people who told me I wasn't good enough that I AM. I wonder if that's the motivation behind a lot of the people who try out on the show. Maybe they really just want to prove something.
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 2:03pm

I went to a world premier and as I was leaving i got into a long conversation with a man who turned out to be the producer.

chaika

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 10:00am
I have always wished I could be more of a free spirit. I think about things way too much sometimes.
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Registered: 05-14-1999
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 7:23pm
Oh my lord, my list would take too long to type! I'll just say that my head was in the clouds all the way through high school, then college and continued until oh gosh, about two or three years ago. I feel like I've been asleep or blissfully ignorant up until that point. I remember a client of mine calling me oh what's the word...a free spirit, once. She was about five or six years younger than me and was earning probably double what I was at the time. She said it to someone else but I was well within earshot. The tone in her voice almost made me feel like she was jealous of me because of it...had she only known it was I who was jealous of her :)
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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 10:51am

Molto bene.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 8:30am

I can't even imagine being married at 19.

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Registered: 10-16-2006
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 7:00am

Not so much an opportunity I didn't take, but one I shouldn't have: getting married. I wish that 27-year-old girl had had higher self-esteem and would have waited for a more suitable man.

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Registered: 02-26-2011
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 1:25am

I was walking down the grand marble staircase, about to cross the massive manicured lawn of this beautiful five star hotel. Hundreds of people - most of whom I didn't know - sat on white folding chairs and sweltered on the hottest day in 1984. We were starting 34 minutes late.

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Registered: 02-26-2011
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 1:17am

Veramente anch'io!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 01-19-2012 - 8:41pm

I wish I had been brave enough to do junior year abroad in college and go to Italy since I majored in Italian.