I never got on a rollercoaster until my mid-20s.
This fact shocked people when I was growing up and they wondered if I was a scaredy-cat or something (a feeling that would have been perfectly valid, by the way, though it did not necessarily apply to me).
Truth be told, I don't think I was ever really all that interested. I just figured that once it happened, it would happen, and that would be that.
It did happen, of course. And it was fun! I did it a few more times a few years later while on another trip.
But I'm not the only one to have avoided or otherwise delayed certain experiences that others have assumed are commonplace.
People shared their stories after Redditor brokerdowndryer asked the online community,
"What is something common that has never happened to you?"
"Never met a stray kitten..."
"Never met a stray kitten that was begging for me to take it home. All of the strays I see are on their way somewhere important."
I've met two! Both were positive experiences.
"I've never met..."
"I've never met any of these hot single women in my area that seem so abundant."
Want to hear something devastating?
It's all just an algorithm.
"We would spend hours a day..."
"I've never caught a fish."
"We would spend hours a day fishing as a kid in summer and for some reason, I never caught one. As an adult people have taken me fishing, determined to help me catch a fish. Nothing."
"I'm 40. It will never happen."
"Being invited to a wedding. Everyone always tells me about how I'm so lucky to not go to weddings because of how much they end up spending to attend them but I'd like to experience it at least once in my life."
I've only been to two. Don't know anyone, really, who is going to get married anytime soon.
"Despite living in Scotland..."
"Despite living in Scotland and being a white, heterosexual male, I've never played a round of golf."
"I'm almost the only person..."
"Married 36 years. I'm almost the only person I know that's never been divorced. My wife has been divorced 3 times."
Sounds like the fourth time was the charm for her.
"I am forty..."
"Being called for Jury Duty. I am forty and my dad and my sister have both been called, but not me."
I was called once but never actually made it because I didn't actually live in that country anymore. So I suppose that doesn't count.
"I am in my forties..."
"I am in my forties and I have never had anyone invite me out for drinks."
"I'm 25 and I've never gone on a date with anyone."
"Never really had the pleasure..."
"Never really had the pleasant surprise of finding forgotten money/weed laying around the house. I just always know where that stuff is. Happens to my friends all the time."
Word of advice: Don't worry too much if you haven't done things that other people have.
Everyone moves at their own pace, so be fair to yourself.
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