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Here are some things I've learned over the course of my (albeit short) life:

  • First impressions do matter.
  • Attractive people get more out of life.
  • It's not always about "hard work" –– who you know will get you in the door faster.
These aren't necessarily "sad" things, either, but they're an indication of how the world actually works. Humans are complicated creatures, but that's harder for some people to understand more than others, as we learned once Redditor l_lll_lr_lrll asked the online community, "What's a harsh reality no one accepts?"

"You're the bad guy..."

You're the bad guy in someone's story, so many of your enemies will never admit to doing anything wrong, but the thing is neither will you in some situations.

People justify their own behaviour to themselves. That's why so many people can't apologize and double down on the shitty things they do.

the-salt-of-dungroon

"Some people..."

Some people just can't be saved; you could give them every benefit in the world and they still could choose to throw it all away and you can't do anything about it.

IfTimeCouldDie

"You will be taken by surprise..."

Pain is inescapable. Not even acknowledging that pain is inevitable and preparing for it ahead of time can lessen it.

You will be taken by surprise, you will be hurt, you will not enjoy it, you will not be able to numb it, and there is nothing you can do except take it on the chin.

Cryptids4Sale

"The little ones don't..."

Mistakes do define you. The little ones don't, but if you make a big mistake, it will alter your life to an extent. Saying that they don't matter is a lie that will prevent you from diagnosing life problems later down the line.

CaptinHavoc

"Very few people..."

Very few people truly accept their mortality, and most of the time when it truly sinks in, people get scared and want to avoid it.

MettaMorphosis

"Bad things..."

Bad things will happen to you for no reason.

Burnt_Smurf

"You don't always keep..."

You don't always keep the good friends you meet. But that doesn't mean you can't make more later on down the road!

viking162

"Not everyone..."

Not everyone will turn out to be a superstar or super successful in their lives.

Beauty and money matter a lot. The world is nicer to rich and beautiful people.

chotu_fascistbaby

"Some people just don't get..."

Some people just don't get a happy ending, some people never find happiness or satisfaction. People tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel but for some people there isn't, they never get to see any light, just darkness.

Kermitting_OOFSide

"There's a point..."

All human beings are capable of being viciously immoral. There's a point where we can be forced or force ourselves to become completely animalistic. We can perpetrate murder and genocide, as just one example, and if justified to ourselves correctly, we will feel no remorse. We like to think that the only people capable of such horror are a minority but the truth is that we are all capable of it given the right circumstances.

viktor72

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Raise your hands--who had an emo phase in the 2000s? I know I did, as did a lot of people around me. All of us heard “It's just a phase" from our parents at some point, but when you're a kid, life as we know it seems so permanent.

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Believe it or not, Canadians don't live in igloos or freeze to death all year round. If you go to Germany, it's highly unlikely that every German you meet will be cold and uninviting. Hop over to the United Kingdom and you're not going to run into tons of people with terrible teeth and bad hygeine.

These are called stereotypes, my friends, and it's best you leave them at the door. People were more than willing to strike down some stereotypes about the countries they know and love after Redditor HelloThere577 asked the online community,

"What are some false stereotypes about your country?"
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