Did you know that most people have never left their own country, let alone their own state? That aside, there are a host of different life experiences that people miss out on with the potential to shift their perceptions about their lives––and even their place in the universe.
Redditor decisivevinyl asked the online community "What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?" the answers were both rich and invaluable.
"Go somewhere isolated..."
Go somewhere isolated enough at night that you can see the full skyscape, including the band of the Milky Way.
"The feeling of having mastered something."
The feeling of having mastered something. Piano, poetry, writing, some videogame, coding, anything really. There is a special self knowledge that comes from having mastered something that everyone really needs to know.
"Spending a day alone..."
Spending a day alone with no plans, completely at liberty, in a foreign city you've never been to before.
"Because of heavy rainfall the week prior..."
Fighting for one's life in some form.
3 years ago I was in a river for the swim portion of a triathlon. Because of heavy rainfall the week prior, the current was moving incredibly quickly. The race organizers eventually cancelled the swim portion of the event but not until myself and about half the other competitors were already in the water.
About halfway through the swim, The current became too much and I was being carried downstream despite my strongest attempts to swim against it. It was at that moment that I was literally swimming for my life. It was terrifying at the moment, but an experience I'm really glad I had.
"I promise you, it's a completely different world down there..."
Scuba diving. I promise you, it's a completely different world down there and it's not ours. You'll be amazed and maybe even get an understanding and a greater connection to our earth and all the living things on this chunk of rock floating through space.
"It's such an amazingly interesting state to be in..."Giphy
I wish everyone got to experience Lucid dreaming at least once.
It's such an amazingly interesting state to be in just for the fact that you're inside of a dream. You're fully conscious that you're now someone else and in a "body" that isn't your physical body yet you can touch and feel the dream world as if it was the real world.
You'd be surprised how many people constantly have their life "fixed" for them and never have to fail at anything. Failure allows us to learn coping skills, resilience, problem solving, determination ... so many skills that many people today just don't have.
"I know, I know...this sounds weird..."
Being with a family member while they pass away. I know, I know....this sounds weird but I have experienced both and had so much more closure when I was able to be there when my grandmother passed away.
When my mom was in hospice and started declining and eventually passed away, the facility couldn't even be bothered to call me UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. I lived 10 minutes away, was the POC for all medical decisions and worked my entire life at the time around doing my best to be by her side when she passed. I still feel so cheated and pissed off about it.
"Being utterly lost..."
Being utterly lost or similarly in a hopeless situation, and getting yourself out of it with persistence and endurance.
"Go into a nursing home..."
Go into a nursing home and volunteer to sit with some of the loneliest residents. Let them talk. Just listen. You'll learn so much and experience every emotion you know... and some you never felt before.
"It is very valuable to feel comfortable..."
Travel alone, doesn't need to be long. But I think it requires a skill to be alone and feel comfortable about it. Not many people take the leap to go and/or don't have the skill. It is very valuable to feel comfortable being alone being in a crowd for example.
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Complete vulnerability in the company of the person that you love. Letting that person really know you and taking the risky leap of putting yourself, with all of your insecurities, quirks, and naive hopes, in another person's hands.
"Once you go back to it..."
Eating healthy food for like two months straight. You never realize how shitty you feel if you've been feeling that way literally your entire life.
Also helps you realize how insanely addictive sugar/fast food is. Once you go back to it the cravings kick in immediately (at least in my experience).
"I can do whatever I want..."
Living single and alone. It's a very specific kind of freedom but a touch of fear. I can do whatever I want...at the same time if something bad happened it might be a bit before anyone even noticed.
"It's such a raw and rewarding feeling."
Create something that someone else genuinely enjoys or is entertained by. A story, a painting, anything that harnesses your creativity. It's such a raw and rewarding feeling. It's easy to look at authors and artists and filmmakers and see them as these super humans with unique gifts that you could never access, but the truth is that you're just as capable as any of them.
You might say moviegoers who love horror films are sadists.
They derive pleasure from being spooked and terrified, and they somehow love crouching in their seats out of sheer fright watching supernatural entities scaring the daylights out of homeowners or serial killers stalking their prey.
It's all an adrenaline rush.
However, even gore and slasher fans have their limits.
Curious to hear the breaking point of movie fans, Redditor SoundRevolutionary97 asked:
"Whats the scariest movie you ever seen?"
Movies involving the supernatural give most people the heebee jeebees.
"For some reason The Exorcism Of Emily Rose f'ked with me, got anxiety watching it."
Nothing Sweet About This Man
"OK I've scrolled long enough. The original Candyman. Watched it at a sleep over in third grade and I've hated horror movies AND bees all the way through to my late 30s"
Why You Should Never Watch VHS Tapes
"The Ring. I didn't know what I was getting myself into."
The Malevolent Force In Your Home
"Sinister, not just scary, but deeply disturbing too."
Not all scary movies are necessarily categorized as a horror genre.
Apocalyptic War Drama
"Threads. It will f'k your day up."
"It's the scariest film I've seen and it's not technically a horror. Competition is not even close. And I watch a f'k ton of horror."
Inquiring Minds Wanted To Know
"It's a British film depicting a nuclear war, and the aftermath. The segment detailing the nuclear exchanges is terrifying, and then of course all the stuff after... it deals with the future, basically the UK is left with only a few million people living, subsistence type agriculture... people suffering from long term radiation effects, etc."
Why It's Scary
"Absolutely. I still have nightmares decades after I saw it. The Exorcist scared me, sure, but it's not real. Poltergeist was unsettling but fake. Threads can actually happen--it just takes one of the old guys to push the button...."
We are not alone, and to think we are the only intelligent form of life is very very foolish.
As If Tight Spaces Weren't Enough
"I still keep The Descent at the top of my list. I expected it to just be a thriller with the claustrophobia and terror between the group."
"Didn’t expect a creature feature."
"The fourth kind."
"When I saw it I was told it was a true story and I was just dumb enough to believe it at the time. Also I was the type of person to believe in aliens so that certainly made it scarier."
"Honestly, Event Horizon. Put it on in the background thinking it was just a kind of creepy sci fi. It was the sounds that really got to me on that one."
There were the usual suspects.
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original obviously). I saw it as a grown man and screamed like a little girl throughout the whole film."
No Feeding After Midnight
"Gremlins, the end telling me to watch for a Gremlin every time something is malfunctioning had 6 year old me scared sh*tless."
"Hereditary, if you have family issues it will hit close to home."
Personally, one of the scariest films relating to demonic spirits and ghosts was the first Paranormal Activity.
The found-footage format really worked well here. It create such an unsettling atmosphere that relied mostly on aural scares to brilliant effect.
The scene where you see nothing but the couple sleeping on their bed but you hear the slow foot steps that accelerated and led to a slamming door made me sleep with my own bedroom door closed for a couple of weeks after seeing the movie.
It's what you don't see that really keeps you up at night.
In the recent Pride and Prejudice update Fire Island, Dex leads the main character Noah to believe that the stand-offish lawyer Will judges him for having an OnlyFans page.
A site that has become commonly used for amateur and professional porn performers and sex workers to directly profit from erotic and sexual content they upload themselves.
As is the case with their literary counterparts, Darcy and Wickham, Will's apathy towards Dex runs much deeper than his OnlyFans page.
But Will wouldn't be the first person to judge someone for utilizing the site as a means of income.
Several people might also stop their romantic pursuits of those who decide to upload x-rated content as a side (or primary) hustle.
Others, however, might not have a problem with it, and might even join them in their endeavors.
Redditor TickleTip20 was curious to learn whether or not people would be comfortable dating someone with an OnlyFans account, or who works in the sex industry, leading them to ask:
"Would you date a sex worker/does onlyfans? Why or why not?"
No. They Never Stop Promoting Themselves.
"No I would not."
"Had a great night with a girl and once we had done the deed she felt the need to plug her OnlyFans page."
"Made it feel like she spent the night with me as advertisement and wanted me to become a subscriber."- xveritas1x
No. Too Many Safety Risks
"One of my boyfriend’s best friends is seeing a girl who does OF and she recently traveled to make a threesome video with two other people in the scene."
"No protection or anything was used."
"I’d personally be crying and throwing up watching my boyfriend sleep with other women, with no protection, whether it’s his job or not."
"So yeah not for me."
"But I don’t discriminate against that career path."
"You do you."- Halloweenqueen2342
No. They'll Regret It Down The Line
"I would say no."
"People don't usually see the long term affects of that lifestyle until they want to leave it."
"There was an interview with Lana Rhoades, and she says looking back at her videos, it makes her want to throw up."- Sea_Obligation5993
No. You Become A Very Low Priority
"I would not."
"I knew a guy who was all 'nah bro, it's sexy and it's no big deal' when his girlfriend of 2 years started her OnlyFans."
"First came the undivided attention to her phone, texting guys who are sending her money."
"That led to her starting to do collabs with other women, which led to her having sex with other dudes on camera, which led to her pretty much just sidelining her boyfriend whenever she felt like it when she got really intimate with someone she did like 10 videos with."
"She once offered the guy she was dating to be a part of it, but turns out she just wanted him to film her sleep with this dude she liked a lot."
"In the end, my friend didn't even get dumped, he just got straight up forgotten about."
"She just slowly started spending less and less time at their apartment until she was just gone forever."
"Maybe if I was really, really confident and secure with the woman I'm with I'd be willing to talk about it, but there'd be a lot of boundaries and I'd wanna be the other dude on camera w her."- gamesireallylike
No. Not Monogomous.
"Simply because I’m completely monogamous, and I consider sexual exclusivity as part of that."
"For me, sending nude pictures to others during the relationship is cheating."- DickBigler
"I'm more of a 'intimacy is reserved for your S/O only'."- ConThePaladin
"If you’re dating me I’ve gotta be your only fan."- TheLastBoat
No. Bad Past Experiences.
"Used to date an exotic dancer."
"It was painful."
"Would not repeat."- n0budd33
No. Simply Not Equiped
"The people that I know that do it have had to compartmentalize what sex means and what's too far in terms of exploiting others, and it's changed them as people."
"The personality traits that have strengthened aren't ones that I value in a partner or to be quite frank even in a friend, so I don't think I'd be able to date one."
"Sex work takes strength and grit, but in my experience that grit has made people I used to enjoy thoroughly abrasive."
"Obviously I know not all people are like that, but that's just my experience." - Reddit
No two people have the same relationship or comfort level when it comes to sex.
So people should always think twice before judging those on OnlyFans.
Nor should anyone enter into a relationship with someone on OnlyFans if it makes them uncomfortable.
As the saying goes, "to each their own."
I know that many of you love the chili from a certain fast-food restaurant that rhymes with "Bendy's," but I'm here to tell you that that stuff is not fresh. Not one bit.
Okay, that statement might not hold true from franchise to franchise, but it's something worth thinking about.
Sorry to burst your bubble: This is a dark secret I've carried inside me for more than a decade.
Keep in mind: It was tasty. Quite. But it did sit out for a while. Didn't stop the customers from eating it though, and they were happy and I was paid for my work and that was that.
But there are other job secrets out there that you might not be aware of.
People shared the deets with us after Redditor You_are_a_dolt asked the online community,
"What’s a trade secret you know from working the industry?"
"I work for a printing company."
"I work for a printing company. The number of jobs that we print that say "printed on recycled paper," and it is just normal paper is astronomical."
This doesn't surprise me one bit. Cutting corners? Just business.
"If you call a call center..."
"If you call a call center of any kind, and the person you're talking to puts you on hold with no hold music, they can hear everything you're saying. I worked in an insurance call center when I was really young. I had so many people accidentally confess to insurance fraud that way."
As they say, "loose lips sink ships." It's quite accurate, especially in this case.
"Vinegar is the best thing to get your cutlery shiny in a restaurant or bar."
This is very true! When I worked in a restaurant, a vinegar solution was the way to go.
"Interned for a plastic surgeon..."
"Interned for a plastic surgeon who is very well known and does work on celebs. They sold their skincare line for hundreds of dollars and touted it as having highly advanced ingredients of the highest quality."
"They bought most of it from a wholesale retailer who stuck their name on the bottle. Website looked sketchy tbh. Also had '24k gold face masks' that were purchased in bundles off of Amazon for cheap."
"These fancy skincare lines are such a scam, don't waste your money."
Good to know! Your wallet will thank you later.
"I worked at an incredibly under stocked..."
"I worked at an incredibly under stocked coffee shop once. If someone asked for whole milk I was told by management to tell them we had it, then serve them 2%. Then one day I served a milk farmer. I've never been called out on my crap as fast as the damn milk man himself."
You never know who you might be dealing with — especially in customer service!
"Phone plans are significantly less..."
"Phone plans are significantly less expensive that what we quote you a lot of the time. TPR wants us to sell you as much literal useless junk as possible that you would not ever agree to paying for, so they make us bundle it in so you don't even think about it. It's pretty shady, but I also got a kid to feed, definitely still searching for better."
Best of luck! It's rough out there. The job market can be cruel.
"When you shop at Walmart..."
"When you shop at Walmart, do you sometimes hear the announcement saying security cameras to zone six, or another number? They play them randomly in the hopes that someone who might be stealing will get paranoid thinking they’re being watched, and will decide not to shoplift."
I used to work in a grocery store that did the same thing. It took me way too long to realize we didn't even have security.
"There's actually no difference..."
"There's actually no difference between a $300 champagne room and a $150 private dance. We're supposed to say it's more private etc, but it's the exact same just with a different price tag."
This doesn't surprise me either. Shady, but it works. Many people fall for it.
"As a freelance photographer..."
"As a freelance photographer, most magazines and newspapers don't pay you for using your photos. They offer you photo credit only. If you ask to be paid, they just get a similar photo from someone else."
Also if you have a unique photo or video, always go non-exclusive and sell it to everyone. You get way more that way than just selling to one as an exclusive.
"Automotive Industry. Never buy the first year of any new model car."
Hell, I could have told you that one! No point, it's a trap!
All of these will make you think twice when interacting with employees of any kind or the next time you call a company.
But don't worry — you're bound to have plenty of secrets of your own. Wield that power responsibly.
Have some info of your own? Feel free to tell us all about it in the comments below!
There are many cases where a company or product promises good quality or intentions.
But that isn't always the case as some companies fail to deliver and they make off with your hard-earned cash.
In an instantly gratifying world, consumers are quick to go after the things they want with the click of a button as long as they have the funds.
But they should keep a close eye on where their money is going toward.
Strangers online shared what brands to stay away from when Redditor ToastedLeaf- asked:
"What brand can go f'k off?"
They may appear to have good intentions, but of course, that's all they show you.
Putting On A Good Face
"National/international charities that give back minimally to the communities they pretend to serve."
"From charity watch. Top compensation:"
"Name & Title Charity Viviane Tabar, M.D. Chairman Attending Neurosurgery Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center $4,869,769 12/31/2020 Note: Includes $3,350,000 bonus & incentive compensation. Robert W. Stone President/CEO City of Hope & Affiliates $3,827,671"
Pack Of Thieves
"F'k Autism Speaks, my school decorated the halls for World Autism Day and encouraged us to talk about it in classes as kind of a break from work, and I mistakenly outed myself as autistic to everyone during one of those conversations."
"Later my teacher put on a whole PowerPoint drawing heavily from Autism Speaks and everyone proceeded to speak to me like a f'king ape for the remainder of my time there."
"They don’t respect us, don’t want to help us, and in fact seem to believe if we didn’t exist then things would be much better. They’re a disgusting pack of thieves and they absolutely do not speak for me"
"And all other pyramid schemes that sell themselves as self-employment. F'k off with a sandpaper condom, and that does double for the folks that started as victims and then rope in others to save themselves."
"They may call themselves 'Xfinity' but I know they a**es are Comcast. F'k Comcast."
Scammers, all of them.
"Ticketmaster. Surprised i haven't seen it. You'll try and cross shop tickets just to realize they always redirect you to Ticketmaster where you're gonna pay a huge amount in convenience fees. Buying 2 tickets you're pretty much paying for 3."
"Anyone who makes college textbooks for outrageous prices."
"Oh god i need to buy a math textbook for my class that started 2 weeks ago n it's about $117.50 usd dollars 😭 i refuse to buy it esp since at the end of class my professor allows us to take pictures of his book so we can do the homework."
Stay Out Of Touch With Them
"AT&T can f'k off once for each random a** incremental charge."
No Kinda Life Is...
"Herbalife. Specifically those Herbalife 'Nutrition' Drink shops."
Beware of the products you purchase. There apparently is corruption in these companies.
"DeBeers. One of the main exploiters of West Africa in recent memory, a near monopoly on diamonds jacking up prices, insists that you must buy your loved one a real diamond from them and not a cheaper synthetic one in order to prove that love."
"SheIn. Art theft, lead in children’s clothes, undoubtedly slave labor in there somewhere. The $1 fast food meal of clothing."
"PG&E. They have f'ked over so many Northern Californians between faulty equipment starting fires to working with Gavin Newsom to make the consumer pay for their damages. They suck so much John Oliver made a Last Week Tonight about them. Breweries in NorCal even started making beer called PG&E Sucks."
Hidden charges are nothing revelatory.
Service charges in addition to delivery fees when you have food delivered to your home courtesy of the various apps made to make a consumer's life easier is all well and good.
But as one previously mentioned, what Ticketmaster charges with their not-so-hidden fees is basically highway robbery.
It's a shame that while live performances are re-emerging from the effects of the global pandemic, it comes at an exorbitant cost to patrons trying to regain a normal sense of life.