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There's critical moments in people's lives, where everything they've worked for can be taken away from them. Imagine the life you built stolen because of a natural disaster, or your significant other leaving you, or someone you love passing away, How would you move on past that? Would it even be possible to get your life together after?

Turns out, sometimes, you can, as evidenced by the following stories.


Reddit user, u/apatil4, wanted to hear how you turned it around when they asked:

What broke you but made you stronger?

A Chance At A Fresh Start

Moving out of the house because of how emotionally, verbally, mentally, and physically my step father would abuse me. I left with no knowledge of the world. A couple months before I had to raise my hand to ask permission to use the restroom. Now I'm paying bills, working full time and trying to figure out what taxes and a W-2 are. I still feel under prepared. But.....it helps in ways, I guess.

KreaytivUzrnaym

Love Wasn't What You Thought

Finding out my wife of seven years was cheating on me. It destroyed me but in the process I learned my self worth and I refuse to let myself get mentally/ emotionally abused like that again. My fiancee now is everything I lacked in prior relationships. She genuinely cares about me despite my faults and I love her immensely

Ibleedaudio87

Toughening Up

Bullying,

I used to get bullied when I was younger and while it sucked and made me isolate and avoid interactions, it made me man up and be able to not give a damn about other people's opinions. I can now easily discern between someone being toxic or someone giving genuine criticism and I am not as easily hurt anymore.

TrooperHX

Face Your Fears Head On

The worst was when I was only 19, having to go to the funeral home to make funeral arrangements for a loved one.

Having to select a coffin (from many in their coffin display room), flowers, write an obit, choose a cemetery plot and monument, etc., was overwhelming.

But now, I'm better equipped to face it and know more about what to expect.

Back2Bach

Out Of The Blue

In February of this year, my friend killed himself. Him and I had a friend group and we would all go out about once a month just to unwind and catch up. He always knew how to make me laugh in the ugliest way possible. On February 2nd, we were all together celebrating the birthday of one of our friends.

Afterwards, at about 2am him and his roommate walked my roommate and I home because it was late and they were worried something would happen to us. We only lived five minutes apart from each other and the last thing I remember saying was "love you guys see ya later take care!"

24 hours later he flung himself off the fourth floor of a parking garage right across the street from my apartment. I was only a crosswalk away. It was the first time I ever lost a loved one and there were no indications that he would ever do this. He was always the life of the party.

Since then, my once shy and timid personality has become more outgoing. I still struggle but once I am friends with somebody, I make sure they appreciate it. I've reached out more to people I've lost contact with and I've just become so much more aware of how you impact others. I know my friend knew he was loved until the end and now I just make sure all my friends feel the same.

angiolli

Realizing How Little Time You Have Left

I was driving my dad home from the hospital when he went into septic shock after the stent removal he had undergone had unexpected complications. I got him to the ER, helped triage and give information and then broke down after.

....I think it made things a little easier to bear when he did pass a few years later.

cmdr_shadowstalker

Broken, But Reassembled Stronger

Alcoholism broke me, the recovery made me stronger.

The lllloooooonnnngggg road to recovery.....

kylelinder

I drank for almost 7 years. Stopped for almost a year, then relapsed. Was going strong on almost 5 months until a week ago. I'm not looking at it as failing though as long as I'm trying.

Emotionally_dead

Starting From The Bottom And Going Up

I lost my job, my house, my car, I got denied admission into clinicals for a degree i spent 4 years working on, and the love of my life cheated on me with another man. Its a horrific place to be but eventually a very relieving one. With nothing else to loose, and everything to gain, every small accomplishment feels that more significant.

demonardvark

Getting The Help You Need

Being told by a (Now former) friend that she was uncomfortable around me, that I was a good person and would find new friends, but to please stop hanging out with her

I was devastated, I knew I had bad social skills but I didn't thought they were *that* bad

Anyway, this led to me completely separating from my friend group and being depressed as hell, didn't eat for like 3 days

Finally tried to commit suicide

Then I went to a psychiatric hospital, in said place, I got better in social skills, much much better, and I made new friends, and when I came back to school, I found myself with even more friends because other people heard what happened

I don't know what happened to my former friend, she went to another school, and I'm scared that she might blame herself for what I did, it wasn't her fault, it was mine

BeethovenWasAKpoper

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

Why are you single?
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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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