Getting a private pilot license. Even if I could justify the many thousands of dollars necessary to get one, I could never justify the many more thousands of dollars to enjoy one.
Edit: Y'all are awesome and an inspiration. If I go broke, it'll be your fault!
Being a comic book artist. Realized that I wasn't as good at art as I thought I was, and while it's easy to romanticize the "starving artist" life style, going hungry and barely paying rent in real life is actually quite nerve wracking.
Traveling to every country in the world. I don't have enough money and there are countries I don't wanna visit. :l
People seem to think I'm funny. When I was a kid, adults laughed at me a lot. At that time I thought to myself "hey I'd make a great comedian" and often dreamed of making the world smile and laugh. So over the years I tested my laugh factor. Turns out that my shitty home life and drug addicted family members are comedy gold. Who would have thought such a traumatic upbringing would make such good comedy? I gave up on my dream once I realized how depressing it actually was that people laughed at my miserable childhood because they thought I was making stuff up for the lolz.
Going to the Olympics.
I was completely on track for the achievement. When I was 19, I'd won gold in the 50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle and butterfly events in four consecutive national swimming championships and set a national record. The record I'd broken was mine.
I used to train (swimming and conditioning) twice a day; before my classes at 5AM and after them at 7PM for 3 hours each. After my second record, I decided to take a break for one or two months before trying to hit the next level, as the last time I'd had any rest was years before. My coach strongly advised against it. In hindsight, I really should have listened to him.
See, at the time, I was going through a shitty period with my now ex-girlfriend. After the pretty brutal break-up, I started hanging out with old friends which led to me drinking and smoking. I never went back to my training.
It pains me to think of what could have been, especially knowing that it was no one's fault but mine, for reasons which I now know were stupid and unworthy.
EDIT: You people are lovely. Thanks a lot for the kind words everyone!
I wanted a handful of friends such that we were all each other's closest friends, who made each other a priority in one another's lives so that we could see each other on a regular basis, whether it was just two of us meeting up for coffee before work or something more adventurous with everyone and our families.
Having a dream. There are things that I want to do, but not something that absolutely thrills me. I used to wish I would wake up someday with absolute passion for something and a goal in life. I won't, and well, that's okay.
Retiring in my 40's.
As it turns out, those are the years life becomes most expensive if you have a family. It's not an easy time to stop working. Then the economy tanks - next thing I know I'm pushing 60 with no end in sight.
Making a living with art. Forcing myself to be creative made it miserable. I decided it was better left as a hobby.
Being an engineer, I thought I wanted to be one since middle school. Got suspended my first year of engineering school for my grades. Realized I wasn't truly passionate for engineering and it was pushed on me by adults just cause I was good at math. I'm now in business school and I'm tremendously more happy
In third grade, I wanted to be an archeologist. Then I found out archeology is nothing like tomb raider. So I changed my dream to WWII fighter pilot (I had flight simulator on PC with a wicked expensive joystick and my favorite plane was p 51). And then I found out that WWII happened quite a while ago and my favorite plane was no longer in use.
So I gave up on dreaming.
Rebuilding an old muscle car.
Let alone not having the space to do it, or the tools, or the money, or the car... just a dream of mine to do so.
Movie/TV producer was the long-term goal. Just working in the industry was my main goal at the time.
Majored in film, did multiple unpaid internships, a handful of day gigs at various positions, and then I simply could not land a thing. I sent out more resumes than I can count and couldn't even get a call or email back. I spent over a year unemployed until I got a shitty job doing something completely unrelated.
Freelance work proved unreliable and staff positions are like unicorns.
being a productive member of society. i'm just gonna keep watching Netflix on my couch with my dog until he dies and then i die, or whichever comes first.
PhD in chemistry, because math
Becoming a movie director. Honestly I'm glad i did. I own my own (successful) small business & have a much better quality of life than i would have.