My biggest regret (to date) happened last summer. I was in Brigantine, NJ (right next to Atlantic City) with a couple of friends for the weekend. We were walking up and down the main drag looking for something to eat and we had stopped into the nearby Wawa for a bit. On the way out I passed quite possibly the cutest girl I never met. We locked eyes for a second, maybe two, turning our heads as we walked in opposite directions: she on her way in, I on my way out. For that fleeting moment, time slowed to a crawl.
An instant later, I was out the door never to see her again. I wound up going for a walk along the beach alone that night. I walked the entire length of the beach towards Atlantic City (like a moth to the glowing lights in the distance), secretly hoping to find that girl doing the same thing (a la the Sunrise comic) and have the chance to redeem myself. All tolled I walked about six or seven miles over the course of about three or four hours and stayed up to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean before going back to the house my friends were renting.
A few weeks ago, Randall posted (IMHO) his most poignant comic yet. The one thing I disagree with, however, is the alt-text:
It's easy to regret your awkward conversations but hard to regret the ones you didn't have.
There are plenty of things in my life that I do indeed regret doing, however it turns out the things you don't do are the ones that stay with you the most.
What's your story?
EDIT: Out of curiosity, let's add a poll...