Not a day goes by that we don't come across some recycled platitude, some well-worn pearl of wisdom, or an absurd saying that ceased to be helpful long ago.
But don't hold your breath on those cliche messages going away any time soon.
It seems that interacting humans, in a constant effort to connect and be seen, opt to say things they can be sure the other person has heard and understood already. The nod of the head, however automatic, only confirms the effort.
But relatable isn't always good.
In fact, according to a recent thread of Redditors, those cliches all amount to meaningless drivel.
CaptainGisseno asked, "Reddit, what is the most cliche message you're just sick of hearing?"
Many people pointed to the repeated phrases they hear as consumers navigating the landscape of travel, shopping, and customer service.
No doubt you've heard these before, and nearly screamed involuntarily when you did.
Could Have Fooled Me
"Your call is important to us." -- HMCetc
"Been calling this number for almost ten years. At what point is a 60 minute wait just the normal, average call volume? Why lie to me?" -- killerqueen5
Well, Hopefully It's Up There
" 'Your safety is our top priority.' No it isn't. Profits and shareholders are." -- frostymargaritafan
"Translates directly to 'Liability is our top fear.' " -- Aboot_
"This vein, 'The safety of our employees is our number 1 concern.' No it isn't just stop trying to lie. Nobody who works here believes you."
"So save those few seconds, add them up, and use them on something useful. Like actually helping your employees." -- PingKiccolo
"Buzzwords such as 'diversity' and 'sustainability' in company mission statements. Like, if every company would actually enact their mission statements, we would be the greatest world." -- chrimimi
" 'Carbon neutral by 2025'- meaning 4 more years of fu**ing the planet before any action is taken, if it even will be taken."
"The worst is when companies continue to do the same shit and simply buy credits from Tesla or whatever and then proclaim to be green." -- Megalomouse
Others brought up the cliche messages that are infuriating for two key reasons: they don't actually make any logical sense, and they serve to make people feel guilty for no reason at all.
Can't Talk About Everything
" 'Why is no one talking about '____??' "
"Because we are all bombarded by incredible amounts of information on a daily basis and busy living our individual lives. Stop guilting people for not talking about something they had no idea about previously."
" 'You are young, you shouldn't have any problems' " -- GayBrandFlakes
"As a hiker that goes out on long distances with older friends and people in my community, this is absolutely a huge pet peeve. It's like, sure Margaret, I may be 30 years younger than you, but 20miles in a day still gives me some soreness." -- underminer223
Thanks for the Reminder
" 'There are children starving in Africa' "
"Then why do I have to force myself to eat more than I can handle? Give the rest of the food to the starving kids then."
"If anything, mentioning starving kids when I can't eat something will make me eat less because of how guilty I feel for actually having food when they don't."
Good to Know, But Irrelevant
" 'Someone else always has it worse than you, be grateful' It still doesn't change my situation one bit." -- ChristianStonks999
"exactly that just makes me feel bad for whoever has it worse and makes me feel no better" -- AwesomeRailfanning
"My favorite response to this is to point out that it goes both ways - if you're saying that can't be sad because someone has it worse then me, then i guess I can't be happy because someone has it better then me." -- BrackishBloop
And finally, there were those essential, supposed tidbits of wisdom that one is supposed to keep in mind as they navigate life.
Unfortunately, those quotes only sound nice. They're usually very off-base.
"'You're perfect the way you are' "
"No, you're not. This thinking completely removes any personal accountability and improvement, and allows hubris and zealotry to fester."
But It Would Be Nice
"Follow your dreams"
"*Side effects may include being a broke chump, not being able to provide for those who depend on you, and in severe cases a lifetime of regret when you realize your dreams aren't as neat as they seemed. Best results were seen in patients who were financially successful before following their dreams. Tell your doctor about real-life sh!t you need to take care of before following your dreams."
Sorta, But Not Really
"'Time heals all wounds.'
"No, it doesn't. Time alone may help heal many wounds, but it doesn't necessarily close them. Especially in the realm of mental health, many issues require additional help, therapy and sometimes medication. Simply trying to wait out a problem sometimes just makes the problem larger."
So next time you come across some age-old adage or piece of advice and it makes you want to scream, rest assured you're not the only out here seeing how useless it is.
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It's well-known that the brain of a teenager is a half-formed thing. But that doesn't stop us from getting down ourselves for those old mistakes even years later, as full-blown adults.
Injuries, social falling outs, bad habits started and good habits stopped--all are ripe for putting a knot in our stomachs a decade or more later.
Truly, a big part of adulthood is learning to accept and live with yourself, warts and all.
And many of those warts are composed of mistakes that you can never undo.
Redditor zepher_goose asked:
"Which mistake did you make as a teenager that is still biting you in the a**?"
Many Redditors talked about the things they did that left them with a very direct, long-lasting physical difficulties. Often, the mistake was a single moment, but its consequences go on for years.
"Not wearing my seatbelt. At least my wheelchair is fast." -- CrippleOverlord
"So sorry buddy. I hate that you had to learn that lesson in that way. Best of luck to you." -- ai_test_run
Choose Your Object Wisely
"Punching a wall. Hit the stud. The fracture in my hand didn't properly heal as well as losing the use of two of my tendons which makes opening my hand a nuisance. As you could imagine it was my dominant hand. My life isn't hell from it but boy If I could go back in time to my teenage years, that's when I'd go."
"Please please please!!!! If you ever feel like you need to hit something for whatever reason please hit something soft and not living, like a pillow. Your delicate hands will thank you down the road."
Decades of Healing
"Sharing needles with other people (when I was 16)."
"Spent the next 40 years with Hepatitis C and did two unsuccessful Interferon treatments that lasted a total of 22 months. Fortunately, got cured in 2015 with a 90 day treatment of Harvoni, but still, I spent a lot of time effort during some very important years trying to get well."
That Faint Hissing
"Listened to music way too loud and now i have tinnitus forever. Still hate myself for that one..." -- elgherkin
"Tinnitus is one of those things that before you have it you're like, 'How bad can it be?' But once you have it...." -- Aradne
Others discussed the awful habits they started as teenagers without much forethought for how difficult it was going to be to stop later on.
How They Get Ya
"Nicotine. Smoked a pack a day for almost 15 years, started when I was 16-17 Finally quit 100% about a year ago when my wife and I found out we were expecting."
"I've been really good, and haven't had a single smoke, but I'm not gonna lie, at least once a day I think 'damn a cigarette would be good right now' "
What Is and What Could Have Been
"Gambling excessively, that sh** is dangerous man, just don't do it." -- Hazzmeister72
"Man, had I not been gambling (sports gambling mostly) since 2001 I'd have had a house since 2012 at the latest. Finally got the strength to quit Feb 2020, right before Covid. My bank account has never been so healthy. Fu** gambling" -- lawdhavmercee
Fleeting and Cheap
"Developing a drug habit. So much wasted time and money on short lived experiences." -- Glittering_Cup9438
"I feel you my friend....and a lot of memories you don't even remember." -- TouchDaPhishy
Finally, some zeroed in on the decisions they made, be it socially or professionally, that have had intangible impacts on their well-being and lifestyles.
Find Your Niche
"Not asking my parents for help with finding things I really enjoyed doing. I think maybe if I'd joined a chess club or something like that, I'd actually have had a lot more fun and made some friends."
"I was really lonely for a long time and it wasn't easy to make up for the lack of social development during those important years."
"I said a lot of stupid sh** with my actual name as the username on social media. Thankfully I have a common name but it will be in the back of my head for the rest of my life."
The Harder Way
"Dropping out of college to get married. Going back in my 30s with adult responsibilities and a full time job was the most chaotic time of my life." -- dogandbutterfly1978
"I'll be 31 with 2 kids (a 2 year old and a one year old) when I get be BS next May...I fu**in feel ya on that one." -- SCViper
This list illustrates the first step in getting over it: naming the monkey on your back. Then comes the harder part: letting it go.
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As FDR once said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself". But I beg to differ--I have every right to be afraid of heights. I have every right to be too scared to go to the Empire State Building, and cry every time I play a VR game that involves being on the top of fake buildings. The fear is real, y'all.
As it turns out, there are a lot of universal fears out there. And the people of Reddit have a thing or two to say. Suck it, Roosevelt. WowADeadMidget asked:
What's your biggest fear?
I haven’t even started this article yet, and I’m already sweating. Let’s dive in.
That would keep me awake too.
“Drowning, getting stuck in some tight place and asphyxiating/dying of hunger in there, or getting steamed to death.
That's pretty much the shared 1st place."
“I'm 34 years old and was very close to drowning last year. Got dumped out of a canoe and was pinned against a tree in a current. I pulled myself out and it took about every bit of upper body strength I had, didn't even really realize the severity of it while it was happening because if my head had stayed under I was done for. A person of smaller stature would have been in very serious trouble in the same situation. I think about it a lot too, usually when I'm trying to go to sleep lol."
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“I choked on a piece of steak home alone a few months ago and had to give myself the Heimlich maneuver. It took 3 tries. I'll never forget my dog staring at me and the thought of my girlfriend coming home to find me dead on the floor of our apartment.
Now I think about that every time I eat by myself. So choking to death alone is my greatest fear."
This is heartbreaking.
“Biggest fear is losing everything I have worked so hard for later in life. I watched my parents work hard do everything right build wealth and then almost towards their 50s my father got sick, lost his job. And now struggle to make ends they had to sell anything that had any value to them.
Now they just go through life with seemingly little enjoyment because they had everything set and in a blink of an eye it was gone and probably never come back.”
This is why you should check in with your friends.
“Being one of those people who dies alone in their home and doesn't get found for weeks or more because they have no one who cares enough to notice they're not around anymore.”
“There was an old man in our vicinity who died like this. Apparently he died on the toilet and been there for weeks in the summer heat with closed windows and doors so the smell was also not noticable to the neighbours. The firemen and policemen brought the body down from the flat in two bags apparently it was already falling into several pieces.
The smell was lingering in the apartment for a few days, one of my friends lives two floors down and he said it was unbearable.”
Let’s go deeper, shall we? Sorry in advance.
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“Memory loss!!! Literally, everything I know in my life is memories.”
“When I started to have memory problems, it super freaked me out. Now it's a little easier. I surround myself with trusted people and write everything down. Memory is important, but if you take care of yourself and find ways to keep them externally it can help a lot. Memory books, notes, friends.”
“Deep water or caves with no light that you have to crawl to get through. So a cave full of water would be the worst.
That or what happened to that guy who was repairing an industrial bread oven when it turned on and he couldn't switch it back off from the inside.”
I’m sorry, WHAT???
You're fine one moment, and then the next day you have a headache. Turns out you got infected on that camping trip six years ago and it's been hiding in you ever since.
Now that you have a headache, it's in your brain and you're already dead. There's next to nothing doctors can do except put you in a coma and say a prayer, but odds are nearly 100% that if you do survive that you're a vegetable or nearly one.
You experience incredible pain, irrational hydrophobia, manic behavioral changes, and a total loss of motor control near the end. It's got to be one of the most humiliating, dehumanizing and terrifying ways to go, and it can happen just like that.
Rabies is terrifying.”
If that last one didn’t shake you, these next few will. Read at your own risk.
All we can do is stay optimistic.heaven gate GIF by South Park Giphy
“Not being alive anymore - the finality.
I'm not afraid of dying - the act of it, anyway. I'm not afraid of what comes next - I've not bothered myself with that one.
What I'm afraid of is being… done. Here one day, then gone. Not able to do anything else.
I cannot out it into better words, that's how suffocating the anxiety of being gone is for me. Maybe it would be better if I were religious and believed in an after life, but the best I can do is convince myself that I believe your personal energy spreads to other beautiful things in life when you pass. But the mind, the mind just being… done. That is truly frightening to me.”
Don’t watch the latest Purge movie.
“Societal collapse. A climate or economic or disease-based destruction of society as we know it. Every part of normal life ceasing to exist, and every person having to fend for themselves. There's a documentary called 'Collapse' that scared the crap out of me."
"An even more frightening thought is that collapse is already happening, and we just don't have the perspective to recognize it. After the collapse of Rome, people living in Roman territories still considered themselves Romans for a long time, even though the Roman state was gone. Granted, things happen a lot more quickly in the modern world, and that in and of itself is concerning - the rate of change is ever-increasing. What happens to any system that encounters increasingly rapid changes? What happens to an airplane or a bridge or a human being whose rate of change keeps accelerating? They spin out of control until failure.
Climate change is a potentially civilization-ending event amongst several other candidates for bringing about our doom. Nobody has bothered to fix it yet, and even with more mundane problems, I feel that the government has already abandoned us. Just like some poor farmers five hundred miles away from the city of Rome, we cannot hope for the state to come and save us once things break down - they'll be too busy enjoying the last of their feasts, orgies, or taxpayer-funded drugs before the lights go out."
A parent’s worst nightmare.
“The thought of anything/anyone hurting or something seriously bad happening to my daughter.
I once heard someone say that having a child is like taking a piece of your heart and letting it walk around outside of your body.
That’s exactly what it feels like. I don't care for much things, but I would be nothing but an empty shell without her.”
Alright, now that you’ve read all of that, go drink some water and take a nap. It was a doozy.
Now I’m thinking about societal collapse. Great.
As much as there is an allure of living in small towns, there seems to be just as much mystery.
There is a sense of security in knowing that someone has your back.
But on the same token, as is typically depicted in movies, small towns have their fair share of nefarious activity that those in the know are sweeping under the rug to maintain their town's good name.
Curious to hear about bizarre cases that don't always make mainstream news headlines, Redditor descended_from_apes asked:
"Small Town Redditors, what's the weirdest unsolved crime in your town, old or new?"
Not all mysteries involve unsolved murders but are just as baffling
A Crime In The Turd-Degree
"Nowhere near the scale of disappearing children or Nazi collaborators, but my hometown's biggest mystery is who keeps sh**ting in the holes at the golf course."
"Person has been doing it for more than 20 years. Every 2-3 months, there's a hole that's been pooped in."
"I found out my grandma played cards with the mob in a liquor store basement. I was reading a news article on a cold case from the former owner disappearing for an English assignment and my grandma kinda just frowned, told me she used to play cards with him and never payed his debts."
Unsolved missing persons cases like the ones mentioned below can be agonizing for family members.
"Happened this year."
"A man rented a room at a guest house. When he left the host went to go clean/ prepare the room for the next occupant."
"The room was covered in blood. In the shower there was a chair with a pool of blood-it is assumed the person died in the chair."
"So the baffling part is that there is a camera trained in the room's door. The man entered and left alone without a speck of blood on him."
"The authorities assumed the blood belonged to a woman whose chopped-up body was found in a nearby damm. Blood tests came back and it doesn't."
"1973: My 4th grade buddy, Guy Heckle, disappeared during a boy scout camping trip. They found his coat, that was all. Not another clue after all these years."
The Bar Patron
"Man got kicked out of a bar 3 years ago this December and went missing. Nobody has come forward with tips at all. He went missing from a fairly busy part of town too."
And sometimes, when the bodies turn up, their identities can remain forever a mystery.
In Deep Trouble
"Where I grew up they found a dude who was buried under the cement in a building, no history or information about him. It's clear that he got into some deep trouble with someone."
Remains In A Lake
"About 15 years ago. A town near where I grew up drained a man made lake that was used for recreational swimming. This particular year they decided to drain the whole thing to do a clean up. They discovered an intact skeleton that had been sitting at the bottom of the lake for something like 50 years based on the class ring that was still on the skeleton. From my understanding this person had never been reported missing or anything."
Some of the saddest cases involve the death of a newborn with no known causes.
"About 30yrs ago a refuse worker found the badly burned body of an 18 month old boy amongst the bags and recycling. Forensics deduced that due to the condition of his liver he'd died less than a week before his body was found."
"Hospital and medical records were used to establish that nobody in the county was missing a child."
"He doesn't have a name on his gravestone."
"Edit: it was in Cumbria, England."
"The police likely didn't retain a DNA sample, or we might have heard something about familial DNA by now.The local police aren't very good - look up the case of Poppi Worthington as an example."
"Most local people assume he died of SIDS, then his parents panicked and tried to conceal his body. Whoever did it must have had an element of local knowledge in order to know where to put the corpse."
A Proper Burial
"There is a street in my city called Park Ave. It's a very small city, mostly blue collar."
"In 2005, a newborn baby boy was found dead near a factory on Park Ave. Doctors could tell he was born alive and likely lived for a few hours before he died. I don't know if he was abandoned (left to die) or killed in some way; that info was never released. Police made a statement saying please come forward, we want to help you bury this child properly."
"The mother sent an anonymous letter to the police station two weeks later, and said she would come to the station soon. The letter didn't explain the circumstances, but it did say she was afraid."
"She never came forward. The baby was named 'Baby Parker' and money was raised to give him a proper burial. People still leave gifts at his grave."
Thanks to horror movies, small towns get a bad rep.
Under the veneer of warm hospitality and kindness lies an unsettling sense of discomfort.
Are the denizens covering up a murder committed by one of their own? Or was there a grifter who dumped a body in their unassuming town and fled the scene?
In the game of life, no one gets out alive. But hopefully, your life's journey won't end in a small town.
We all have different perhaps strange activities that are satisfying. There isn't really any cut-and-dry format to what we should enjoy. There are however many things that most of the populace are adverse to.
Working outside in the heat or very cold weather, going to the dentist, or having to tackle a big disorganized mess are not typically one top of anyone's to-do list. Although some things for this writer bring a smile of satisfaction when done. Strangely enough, I love cleaning cast iron cookware. Getting it really clean and then seasoning it with oil, bringing it out of the oven from heating to see the shiny deep black surface of a job well done makes me happy, even though it's a pain.
Redditor WowADeadMidget wanted to hear what the other weirdos of the world enjoyed.
"What do you enjoy doing that most people generally dislike?"
The responses were all too relatable.
Being a total night owl...
“Being up all night and sleeping all day. People may enjoy it but as a societal whole it's frowned upon. I feel horrible when I'm awake during the day and when night hits I feel naturally more awake.”
“Problem is nothing is open at night where I am so I can't shop and get things done at night, and again, it's really looked down on to be up at night and sleep during the day. You're considered lazy or unwilling to work, selfish, all sorts of things. I'd rather have a night job and sleep during the day.”
“Edit for additional information apparently. I am not a child or a teen who ‘just doesn't like people’ I am in my thirties. I appreciate the dm's and comments from those who relate, glad it seems there are a lot of us who not only enjoy being awake at night and sleeping during the day, but genuinely can only properly function this way.”
“Hello fellow Night guard haha.” toxicoverride
“I love being on planes. Just the experience of taking off and landing. I actually enjoy the pressure you get on your ear. But the best thing about is looking down at the place I came from or are going to.”
“ I really enjoy looking at maps and google earth so it feels great to see it with my own eyes. I can see my whole life from the window, where I live and where I go to school. It is just a lovely experience and totally worth the small leg room." Malthegudum
“The loud lawn mower lets me sing...”
“Yard work - as long as it's not too hot. If it's slightly chilled or just a nice day, I enjoy buckling down and just doing a lot of yard work. I get a sense of accomplishment when done, it helps ease my mind seeing the lines of grass being cut, especially that last piece to finish a section.”
“And once I get going I knock out several things. It's therapeutic to me. The loud lawn mower lets me sing, or collect thought about things going on in my life, or think those afterthought insults you wish you threw at someone in an argument earlier that day that would have hit home in the perfect way you wanted. Stuff like that lol” Poocheese55
“walking alone with or without destination...”
“Walking. Just, walking alone with or without destination, often to places I've never been before and past 2 am when there's noone in the streets, just observing the surrounding as they slowly pass by me, with my thoughts to myself.”
“I just find it relaxing and oddly sublime. Even in daily life, sometimes I find myself looking at some places and thinking ‘it would be nice to walk around in there’.”
“Edit: judging by the amount of upvotes and comments I'm getting, this might have been not so disliked activity as I previously thought after all...” Leuk_Jin
Working in the cold...
“Working outside when it's cold. Most of my coworkers absolutely hate it. I'm the opposite and hate the summer.”
“I'm in a t-shirt at 30°F. I'm comfortable down to and a little below 0°F. Anything colder than -10°F and it's hard on the tools and equipment. When we got down almost -40°F a couple years ago, I was giddy like a school girl and stood outside as long as I could just to feel it.”
“ If I could find a company in my field and area that would let me work January and February and take July and August off, I'd do it in a heart beat.” Bimlouhay83
“ a lover of organizing.”
“Organizing things, its just satisfying and a stress reliever for me.” EducationalPark4936
“My dad is a game developer (like pen & paper/card games, not apps) and he's working on a card game right now where the whole point is to sort. Each card has a different saying, color, shape, font, etc. and the only point is to sort the cards however you wish.”
“I, too, am a lover of organizing, and it's by far my favorite game he's made. It's meditative just organizing a stack of cards over and over again.” yourerightaboutthat
Ah life Tetris...
“Packing my luggage."
“I usually procrastinate until the last evening but once I'm on it it feels like a real-life Tetris game, nicely filling the gaps, neatly folding the shirts. Mom thinks it feels meditative to watch me pack." deadBee_25
An enjtment not everyone has...
“I love paying my bills. It feels so satisfying to see the owed balance drop to $0.” Tiger5913
“When you don't have anxiety about your bank account having the funds to pay them, it feels great. When you are afraid to check your bank account because you're scared of what you're going to see, it's much less fun to pay bills. Been in the latter, but thankfully I'm now in the former.” Full_Moon_Fever
“Troubleshooting things. I really enjoy finding small problems and fixing them. It's why I spent my HS years learning about signal wiring, my college years working with EE stuff, I brought my first job's company back from the edge of collapse, I nearly started a computer consulting firm, and now I play with 3D printing with highly customized features.”
It's why I still enjoy a good sudoku or murder mystery. It's that hunt for the Andre to a question. It's the want to learn the insides of a system well enough to pick it apart, fix it, and reassemble with only A FEW extra screws. It's just enjoyable.” NEXT_VICTIM
Well that's terrifying...
“Going to the dentist. I love the feeling of having my teeth cleaned and even the feeling of my teeth being filed down or drilled into. I used to have a teeth grinding problem so that probably explains why I enjoy it lol.” raginghangnail
Some of these may not seem too off while others really take the cake . Whatever you enjoy as long as it harms none have fun!
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