10 Overrated Life Decisions

Some Miami voters waited up to three hours to cast their ballots in the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Was it worth the time? Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The first edition of The Game of LIFE hit stores in 1960. For generations of American families, the popular board game has served as a blueprint for making major life decisions. There's a logical progression to the game. First, you go to college. Then, you start a career, get married, have babies, hopefully get a promotion, roll the dice with stocks and bank loans, and dream of retiring peacefully at Countryside Acres.

It's the status quo for many Americans, but who says real life needs to play out like a board game? Or that there's only one path to happiness, and it requires 2.33 children and a four-bedroom Colonial in the suburbs? Maybe, just maybe, some of real life's most important decisions are wildly overrated.

Before you take out tens of thousands of dollars in student loans (this ain't Monopoly money) or propose to your high school sweetheart, consult our list of the top 10 life decisions that may not pay off.