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Self reflection is often quite difficult, because it can require us to accept some pretty uncomfortable things about ourselves.

Whether it's a major character flaw or just our own inability to deal with life, sometimes taking a deep look into ourselves is not at all fun


Reddit user u/sl*t4plums asked:

What's a fact about yourself that you struggle to accept?"

10.

I'm growing older. I still feel young, but I'm in my 30s. That means 40s aren't too far away, and I know that this decade flew by fast, I'm certain that the 40s will too, which mean 50s, are also not too far away, then 60s, etc.

There's nothing I can do about it, but I do miss my 20s sometimes and I know I can't ever be that again. That is rough to have to accept.

-llcucf80

9.

I am just about intelligent enough to know that I am not that intelligent.

-SirHippoty

My high school biology teacher once said "if all of the knowledge in the world is an ocean, and you have a thimble-full; you're doing fine." He put into perspective that you don't need to know everything - in fact it would be impossible given the ocean - to be successful in life. I've become content with the amount of knowledge I have, but am always learning more and more.

-TopHatGuy

8.

My unhappiness and loneliness is mostly my own fault.

-worksheetpaper

I feel this one way too much.

Here's to hoping both of us have progress in this area of our lives...

-cobainbc15

7.

That I devoted all of my time to studying just so I can get a good job, that I can't even cook anything mildly difficult without screwing it up.

-Green7501

Same here. It's a combination of being clumsy and not feeling like cooking a full meal after getting home from work.

That's why my microwave is my best friend

-DubioTheDubious

6.

That I am completely average. I'm sort of good at a lot of things, but I'm nowhere near extraordinary or gifted as my schooling suggested.

-DrawingCactusCats

5.

I always see the good in people, but fail to see the bad and often get taken advantage of.

-Gemmaleslie

4.

I might never be happy. I have certain goals that I think "Maybe once this happens everything will be ok." But what if I achieve it and still feel nothing? Depression is a real b*tch.

-PhreedomPhighter

Even if happiness never becomes an option for you, you can still always choose to be kind to others and help them get to where they need to be even if you can't...

That's the conclusion I've recently come to... If I ever had a dream/ goal it's been lost for so long I don't even remember having one. I'm freshly 30 y/o, have several life times of student loan debt, no valuable or marketable skills or abilities that can get me out of the dead end job I have now. All I can do is help others get to the mountaintop that i'll never see the view from myself, and that's not a great place to be, but not the worst place either.

-jackp0t789

3.

I'm ok with being reclusive. I enjoy my time to myself.

I do struggle to accept that I will generally be less "popular" because I'm not as "available" as I should be for socializing.

-pratprak

Samesies. All at once I revel in spending time alone, but hate that I don't have a big group of friends, or that I'm not out doing stuff with people all the time. I spent almost a year traveling the world by myself, and while I had so much fun and would do it again in a heartbeat, I often felt so damn lonely, because i'd look around and see groups of travelers making friends and doing things together, and I often struggled to do that myself. At the same time, I loved every minute. It's a weeeeeeird ass dichotomy.

-kckaaaate

2.

Some people genuinely like me.

I honestly just cannot fathom why. At all.

-jasomtredecim

1.

Try as I might, I will never get over the past. It's holding me back without question, and I might not ever find a remedy.

-HobGadlingson

We all have skeletons in our closet, but who were doesn't define who we choose to become. I don't know you, but just from your statement I can tell that you're not someone who's beyond hope. Stay strong my friend.

-MilkManBran

Lifehacks, if applied properly, can really change the course of a single household chore.

Chores can really be such a pain to take care of, and nobody wants to do it. But with a little life hack under your belt, you might be able to turn chore time into something a little fun.

u/rat-avec-london asked:

What is a lifehack that seems fake, but is a true lifesaver?

Here were some of those answers.


My Finger, The Glass

If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.

coykoi314

You can also use any oil (cooking, automotive... anything).

You can also reduce the size of your hand (and finger) by holding it up in the air. Chilling your hand in cold water THEN holding it up in the air for a couple minutes whilst rubbing oil &/or dishwashing fluids in there... trifecta of ring removal.

Should work on anyone that just stole Sauron's prize - though biting it off also works, i suppose.

SageSilinous

Multiple Uses

Use shaving cream as anti-fog. I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower.

Caspers_Shadow

Shaving cream also removes the smell of urine. If you ever have to take care of someone who is old and/or sick and who wets the bed, a little shaving cream on a rag wiped over their buttocks after they are thoroughly cleaned up helps them really smell clean again.

It's a bit of a sad tip, I know, but you never know when you might end up caring for someone who needs help with things like this. Nobody wants to smell. A dab of shaving cream to restore a bit of dignity? Priceless.

Gen-Jinjur

Pretty Important For Stage Actors

Every male should know this. If you want to get rid of an awkward boner flex any muscle in your body maybe an arm. For a minute. The blood will rush to that muscle and away from your penis. Crisis averted.

GingerOverseer

These life hacks really don't seem real at all, but if you can swear by them, they can save your life.

Obligatory Poop Hack

I saw a comment on one of these kinda threads that recommended gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I've never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven't gone back to my old stationary technique since. As a bonus, #1 and #2 now require the same amount of time in the bathroom!

ASS_LORD_666

It's The Alcohol

If you have funky armpits and need to fix them fast, use hand sanitiser. I figured this out years ago when I remembered that the smell comes from bacteria reactions - which antibacterial hand gel kills stone dead. Instant results and the medical smell lasts only a minute. Don't do this routinely though as it's delicate skin.

ihadanideaonce

But Hopefully It's Just A Playing Puppy

True lifesaver: if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.

IAlbatross

Get It Off Anything

That rubbing alcohol removes chewing gum.

I'd go through a 20 layer deep marketing funnel to get to that tip because it really does work.

Also wow! Thank you for all of the awards nice Redditors. I completely forgot I left this comment and came back and my notifications had blown up.

omgIamafraidofreddit

And previously impossible situations will give way at long last.

Sayonara Capsaicin

Rubbing vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut up jalapeños or other hot peppers. It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It's crazy how well this works.

PaulRuddsButthole

Crying Crying

Put your onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before chopping it. It freezes the juices just enough to slow down the process of it turning in to a gas, giving you a few minutes to chop the onion without tears. I learnt this tip from a kid's science show years ago and I haven't had to deal with onion tears since. So many people don't believe me, and then are genuinely surprised when it works.

Lost_in_the_Library

Just A Quick Little Base

The cheapest, most effective, and safest insecticide against roaches (especially those huge "water bug" roaches that we have in the South) is a spray bottle of mostly water with just a little liquid dish soap in it.

Shake the bottle & get the water a little foamy, then spray the roaches. They will run, scrabble, and attempt escape, of course, but they will die. The soap film suffocates them faster than any chemicals will.

A friend told me about this, & I thought she was nuts, but I tried it & it works amazingly well. Plus it's very easy to clean up and safe around food (not that you want to spray soapy water ON your food).

SnooPickles3213

Incorporating any of these lifehacks into your home may make a big difference. You'll never want to turn back.

Or you will, whatever. But they're worth a try!

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