Getty Images

You know how it goes. One minute, everything's peachy. The next... well, things go down, and that doesn't necessarily mean they end there!

Special thanks to Redditor K2K175, who asked the online community: "What is the longest 5 minutes you have ever experienced?"


"I used to be a firefighter."

I used to be a firefighter.

"My kid is still in there"

He wasn't. He was hiding in the bushes next door, a bit frightened, but completely fine. I think that took a few years off my life.

rman342

"The time between..."

Giphy

The time between a guy who was acting weird and kept approaching me while I was mowing my lawn who then hid and was watching me from my neighbors lawn to when the cops arrested him. I went inside to call them via my back door (front was locked) and he FOLLOWED ME and started knocking and scratching against it. I went from hiding on the ground against my back door so he couldn't see me to locked in my upstairs bathroom with a bat by the end of it all. 5 minutes seems like forever when you're terrified.

skinnyribs

"They couldn't find..."

Wife had a seizure during labor. They couldn't find the baby's heartbeat afterward and rushed to an emergency c section. Everything stabilized but it was scary seemed to go on forever. 4 years later everyone is happy and healthy.

TheManRW86

"I was on placement..."

I was on placement with a doctor and he told a patient that he might lose his leg due to diabetes. It obviously upset him, but the doctor left to go get something leaving me in the room with him. He must have been gone for only 2 minutes but I swear it felt like 20. The guy was quietly sobbing to himself and I had no idea what to do or say.

Indydegrees2

"The last 5 minutes..."

The last 5 minutes of an ultrasound on your abdomen, when forced to do so with a full bladder. Especially when I got my appointment wrong and showed up an HOUR EARLY!! I have, in all my 30+ years, never had to pee SO BADLY lol.

ParanoiaHime

"In fifth grade..."

In fifth grade while the principal was listing off the profanities I searched on Google Earth.

eggplnatt

"Waiting..."

Waiting at the DMV line that lead to the true DMV line.

Itcilis

"Waiting for that..."

Waiting for that pregnancy test result; regardless of how you want the result to sway.

MakeitSilver

"I recently..."

I recently had a very frightening sleep paralysis, it probably just lasted for a few minutes but it felt like ages.

earlson

"On the way..."

On the way to a toilet trying to hold back destructive diarrhea in a public place.

brownleatherchair8

Christmas is upon us. It's time to get those Christmas present lists together.

So... who has been naughty and who has been nice?

Who is getting diamonds and who is getting coal? Yuck, coal. Is that even a thing anymore? Who even started that idea?

There has to be some funnier or more "for the times" type of "you've been naughty" stocking stuffer.

I feel like the statement coal used to make is kind of last century at this point.

Apparently I'm not alone in this thinking.

Keep reading... Show less

I admit, I love my stuffed animals. They're the best.

Some of them have been with me for years and I have them proudly displayed in different spots around my apartment. And when I've packed them for a move, I've done so with all the tender loving care I can muster.

What is it about them that stirs up these feelings?

Believe it or not, it's quite possible to form emotional attachments to inanimate objects!

Keep reading... Show less
Nik Shulaihin/Unsplash

They say your 30's hits different, like one day you're young a hopeful and the next day you're just WAY too old for this.

What is the "this" you're suddenly too old for?

No idea. It's different for everyone, but make no mistake, it'll happen to you too.

Maybe it already has?

Giphy

Keep reading... Show less

Do all mothers go to the say mom school or something? Because they seem to share the same advice or go on the same platitudes, don't they?

Here's an idea.

Maybe they're just older, have more experience, and are trying to keep us from being dumbasses in public. At least, that's what I think.

I'm definitely grateful for my mother's advice—it's saved me more than once—and it seems many out there are too. And they all seem to have heard the same things from their mothers, too.

Keep reading... Show less