Shattered Promises – 17 Childhood Vows People Swore that They Would Be Unbreakable

As children, we often make promises that we think we will never break, but we soon realize that life is not always black and white. Someone recently asked “What did you swear in your childhood you would never do but ended up doing anyway?” Here are the top 17 answers.

Become Overweight

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“I’ve done or avoided doing everything else that I cared about, but am much bigger than I would like.”

Become My Father

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“So did I, but I stopped hating it and learned to understand my dad better.”

Cry Over a Boy

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“If I had all of the time and energy I spent crying over boys, I probably could have had a much better GPA.”

Birdwatching

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“I used to think it was the lamest way someone could spend their time when I was a kid. How could anyone just sit around and look at birds? What are you, some kind of bird creep? 20 years later and I’m obsessed with birds. Love hearing their songs and seeing all the beautiful colors.”

Being a Grumpy Old Man Who Gave up on His Hopes and Dreams

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Give Up Drawing

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“I actually broke my own heart when I recently found a school project we did back when I was a kid. We had to write a letter for our future selves and mine starts with: “Hey, did you become an artist already? I really hope you did not become a boring adult with a boring job who gave up on his dreams and passions.” Well, sorry little me, but I kinda did.

Pretend to Be Someone or Something I’m Not for The Sake of Safety, Comfort, and Social Inclusion

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“Some people never realize this. It sounds like you’re finally learning how to love and accept yourself for who you are. That’s a wonderful gift at any age.”

Get Married. I Was Going to Be the Perpetual Bachelor

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“Married over 30 years with 6 kids. Wouldn’t change a thing.”

Get Into Debt

Get into debt I can't pay off
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“My parents always taught me stuff when I was young hoping it would stick. And considering they were poor and struggling with debt as well, I understood and hoped I wouldn’t end up the same. Debt is not that hard of a topic to teach kids about lol.”

Have Sex Before Marriage

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“Thank God I never made good on that one since I’m 41 and have never been married.”

Gardening

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“I was the only child still at home and had to help with the gardening, shelling, and preserving the vegetables. I hated every minute of it. Now I grow about an acre of vegetables every year.”

Work in a Sterile Office Building

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“I’m two weeks into my internship and I hate this so much. I feel like I’m dying here. Not to mention I could do my job better at home since I have a better desktop, I don’t have to tolerate my awful colleagues being on Zoom all the time, I wouldn’t feel constantly watched, etc.”

Grow Up

Grow up
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“Yes, came here for this.”

Stopped Liking New Music

Stopped liking new music
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“Now I just listen to the music that was around when I was growing up.”

Said I Wouldn’t Curse Unless a Nuke Was Dropped on My House. That Was a Lie

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“When I was a kid, I have never sworn. High school, nope. College made me curse all the time. Now I’m a working adult, I can’t go on a day without swearing, even just in my thoughts!”

Go to Bed Early

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“Sleeping in is now 7 am and I rarely make it past 9 pm for my bedtime. I very much prefer it this way.”

Thinking It Was Silly People Cared About Their Lawn So Much

hinking it was silly people cared about their lawn so much
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“I am now obsessed with manicuring my lawn in the summer months.”

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