If you grew up in a religious environment or with super strict parents, then you probably had a mental (or maybe an actual) list of “sins” that you were to avoid – and in the cases when you didn’t, you knew you were going to feel super guilty.
But what about the things in life that aren’t explicitly wrong, yet make you feel the same way?
Here are 15 people willing to share those guilty moments with you, so read through and see whether or not they feel like sins to you, too!
15. If you have it, do it.
Not donating money for a good cause.
“would you like to round up to the nearest dollar to help fund children’s cancer research?”
no, but only because i don’t need walgreens patting themselves on the back for “donating” all my donations
14. The guilt!
Sleeping in. Especially when you have kids.
And god forbid we make them pour their own cereal.
13. Groupthink is powerful.
Having an independent opinion within a group of people who all think exactly the same thing.
It’s usually because they just agree with and copy each other until they all think alike.
You are made to feel like you’ve committed a sin because you can think for yourself.
12. Sometimes sins are fun.
Playing with your cat, making him spin in circles until he falls over from dizziness.
Tickling their foot when they’re busy licking their own butts.
“Hehe.” (foot tickle)
11. If it’s yours, use away.
Copying old code for a computing science assignment.
My university had a pretty aggressive (and primitive, this was some years ago) anti-cheat program that would basically parse text for signs of copying from a database of old text.
The problem was, programming languages in general and conventions on code readability tend to create fairly uniform code. So if you used descriptive variables (stuff like FirstName LastName, Counter, Output, etc) and/or more “standard” ones (such as using i for the iterator on loops), getting a false flag was basically common.
The first class I took, the teacher told us about that (the problems we were writing code for were things like “print the numbers 1-10 in order” or “ask for a number input and print if it’s even or odd” — so everyone’s code was going to be basically identical), so we shouldn’t worry about the fact the online system will probably give all of us a “warning: possible plagiarism detected” flag every time.
A common solution was to use your code, but rename the variables. I guess there’s something educational about that in that you would be at least forced to re-read your code and make sure it’s working (until you learn about text editors with search/replace functions). But it did get silly sometimes.
10. Normalize not feeling guilty for this.
Calling off work for self care.
I’m a teacher. Even though my principal is a big advocate for self care, I can’t help but feel guilt that I’m abandoning my students for a day.
9. You’ve gotta learn it.
Speaking up for yourself and asking for things.
8. I hate this for everyone.
Getting a bad grade.
My friend has very strict parents, he cries at every C.
It’s just too much pressure, his parents think it’s better to study the whole day without any breaks (their study method) than to study 30 minutes while calm (my method).
7. Argh, you feel so bad!
Accidentally stepping on a dog.
Or if you’re British and not saying “Sorry!!” to inanimate objects when u bump into them.
6. Never a good enough reason.
Skipping my daily workout. It doesn’t matter the reason, I just feel a lot of guilt.
5. Super satisfying, though.
Cleaning your ears with a Q-tip.
My ENT doc told me, “Never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear.” Pretty good advice I guess.
4. Why are we like this?
Asking your boss for a day off at work.
I asked for a week off at one job. I had the PTO to cover it. I just wanted a week off to chill at home. I wasn’t traveling and didn’t have any major plans. When she asked why I wanted to take a week off and where I was traveling to, I made the huge mistake of admitting that I just wanted to bum around at home.
She somehow talked me into doing a full day on Wednesday that week. I was in the best mood on Tuesday night and then the worst fucking mood on Wednesday night. It helped me realize how much I hated my job and I started looking for a new job.
3. A weird feeling, for sure.
Drinking after you are finally legally allowed to. I was 26 before I stopped feeling like I was doing something illegal by just being in a bar.
I’m 35, and still feel weird in liquor stores sometimes.
2. Try to enjoy it.
Eating something super decadent like those 4826294 calorie fancy donuts or something. Feels like gluttony even though like it’s just a donut, idk
1. You’ve earned it, though!
Reaping the rewards of your hard work while your relatives are still struggling because of their bad decisions.
One of my cousins recently mocked us for having a “lavish lifestyle” because we finally bought a modest home. Like he never knew all the hard work that my mom, my brothers and I went through just to be where we are right now. It’s not even a mansion.
My cousin is just really bitter because he scammed my other relatives who helped him before and now everyone shuns him whenever he asks for help.
I think I agree with more than a few of these for sure.
What would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments!