Humbled People Reveal What They Were Completely Wrong About[rebelmouse-image 18351414 is_animated_gif=
Sometimes in life we choose to feel a certain way about something because of lack of experience with it, or a biased view point we may have not even realized we had. The most humbling thing is to learn the truth about things. That's when we find truth and are grounded in reality. These people share how they found out the hard way about their most misjudged situations in life.
u/lksd23 asks: What's something you're willing to admit you were completely wrong about?
When you have never been so wrong in your life, and now our president uses it...[rebelmouse-image 18349243 is_animated_gif=
Twitter. I honestly thought it wouldn't last. I thought it was basically a dumbed down version of Facebook that only allowed a status update and nothing more.
For all the book worms[rebelmouse-image 18351415 is_animated_gif=
'Ebooks just aren't as good as paperbacks. I'll never swap over.'
- I sell them now, so it's always good to be able to buy my own stuff.
- I moved to a foreign country for four years, and finding books in English was a nightmare, let alone storing them. Moving a lifetime's worth of accumulated paperbacks around with you just isn't practical.
- I can read in the dark, thanks to the screen lighting -- no risk of waking anyone else up with my reading lamp while they're trying to sleep.
- When I'm feeling super lazy, I can just set the screen to autoscroll, pop my head on a pillow and just let the story cycle through.
- Libby and Overdrive means I can get ebooks for free whenever I want -- which, granted, isn't any different to going to a library and getting a paperback, but it's at least faster.
I still love paperbacks, but I'm well on board the ebook train. Choo choo, m***.
Brainwashing is sad[rebelmouse-image 18351416 is_animated_gif=
That good people only exist in the particular type of congregation I was in in church. Glad I realized the contrary early on.
Sisters[rebelmouse-image 18351417 is_animated_gif=
My sister. I always thought she was annoying. The kind of things she did made me rage with anger. All the while, i thought i was the good guy, but in reality i was nothing but an a**. I've made her cry, pointed fingers at her for wrongdoing even when she did not, made her feel like s* on one to several occasions, never really understood her, was never there for her when she needed me the most. She was just trying to look out for me, just shower me with love and care and i wasn't taking it. Feels bad man.
Sometimes you don't understand until it happens to you[rebelmouse-image 18351418 is_animated_gif=
Depression. I was of the mindset of "what's the big deal, just get out and do something to get over it, don't be sad, etc."
That s** me like a ton of bricks in my late 20's - wooo boy. I was so, so wrong.
Eehhhhhh...[rebelmouse-image 18351419 is_animated_gif=
Me in 2010: "This Walking Dead show will be the best thing on TV ever!"
When you thought you were going to be sneaky and become a millionaire[rebelmouse-image 18350888 is_animated_gif=
Maybe spending all my real money on fake internet money (cryptocurrency) over the last 6 months wasn't the best idea I've ever had.
Wishful thinking[rebelmouse-image 18351421 is_animated_gif=
I thought Americans would laugh Trump off the campaign trail.
Still some work to do here, but good job for integrating inclusion and a little acceptance into your life...[rebelmouse-image 18351422 is_animated_gif=
My thoughts on homosexuals. I grew up in a very rural very christian area and was literally taught that gay people aren't real people. Then I went to college and actually met some gay people. I partied with gay people, and I did every day stuff with gay people. You know what I learned? Gay people are pretty normal. and also. Why the f* should I even care about where someone is sticking their thing. As long as everyone involved is cool. I'm cool.
That's just bad planning, but something you can learn from[rebelmouse-image 18351423 is_animated_gif=
That I SHOULD HAVE applied for jobs back in my last year at university rather than thinking it would be a stroll in the park after I graduated
Be nice to your co-workers, they might be right[rebelmouse-image 18351424 is_animated_gif=
I am in charge of one section. I had a problem with the number 2 guy in another section. The guy got wound up about small details I just didnt give a f about, and I told him to f off multiple times.
About 2 months ago I am notified he is coming to my section to work for me. The other people who work for me were worried about a**hole coming over. I told everyone to chill out, lets see what happens.
What happens is he is a highly organized dude that dives down in to extreme detail...and its been a God send. I was wrong, and changed my mind on him. I am currently working on getting him promoted.
Anyone can be a drug addict![rebelmouse-image 18351425 is_animated_gif=
The profile of a typical heroin addict.
As it turns out, there is none. When it hit someone close to me, I realized anybody I see on the street can be an addict. It's just as indiscriminate as cancer.
They are real, until they go extinct[rebelmouse-image 18351427 is_animated_gif=
I thought that narwhals were mythical creatures until I was 20.
It's not for everyone[rebelmouse-image 18346913 is_animated_gif=
Mormonism for sure. I did the whole bit - went on a 2 year "service" (read proselyting) mission in a foreign country, married, kids, paid my 10% tithing, all of it. I thought I "knew" it was true... yeah turns out I was pretty wrong about that.
Brainwashing is a hell of a drug.
When mother nature flips her hair at you and gives you side eye[rebelmouse-image 18351429 is_animated_gif=
I'll be honest I use to believe that climate change was a complete hoax made up by the liberal media to harm corporations and was essentially something that only China was responsible for. However, after a lot of research and taking classes based on the environment, I have since changed my opinion on the matter and realize how wrong I was.
Oh, so now intergalactic travel is interesting to you....[rebelmouse-image 18351430 is_animated_gif=
Star Trek. I never had a desire to watch any of the series or movies. Quite honestly, I thought it looked ridiculously stupid. I did watch the new movies though and figured why not see the "origins". So, I decided to watch the original series on Netflix a few months back, just for the heck of it. The pilot wasn't great, but it still got me interested. I started watching often and I got hooked! I found myself watching an episode or two every night. I finished the Original Series and I'm now almost finished with The Next Generation, and I love it even more. I'm completely sucked into the Star Trek world and thoroughly enjoy it. Who would have known!
Deaths from using marijuana: 0[rebelmouse-image 18351431 is_animated_gif=
I used to be completely opposed to it. Did NOT even want to be associated with people who smoked. Purposely avoided all of that. My mom told me it was as bad as alcohol in terms of abuse, and that it was just as dangerous as smoking.
A little musical appreciation[rebelmouse-image 18351433 is_animated_gif=
Hamilton made me realize not all musicals are absolute crap.
Back that car up![rebelmouse-image 18350810 is_animated_gif=
Backing into parking spots. I used to judge people who do it. But now that I'm used to it I see that it's the superior way of parking a car.
Many people live by the mantra that ignorance is bliss.
It's true, how being left in the dark about influential pieces of information is preferable.
For example, being cognizant about a co-worker's questionable private life can adversely affect how others interact with this individual if they object to their tendencies outside of the workplace.
Not knowing certain things can be freeing, a notion that was explored when Redditor Distantmole asked:
"What’s something you really wish you didn’t know?"
These Redditor examples are based on an occupational hazard.
"How to fix a printer. Sometimes, I just play dumb when I'm asked..."
"I was the ONLY one who knew how to unjam the printer at my old job. And it was a lemon - it jammed at least once a day. I quit the job because I was overworked and unappreciated. My replacement left in less than a year. I hope they're suffering without their little resident unjammer. Thanks for letting me vent."
Parents are people too, and you wouldn't be here were it not for them.
So there's that.
The Origin Of You
"I know exactly where, when, and how I was made in grand detail. I have no idea why my parents felt the need to tell me this, but I now know and I wish i didn't."
"I was conceived in a waterbed in my parents’ old condo. My dad told me when I was 15…"
Pulling Back The Curtain
"My father photographed all the births, me and my siblings."
"Each of us had a photo album growing up."
"They started with the photos of our births."
"My father took photos of us coming out.... of the vagina."
"This is the first page of my childhood photo album."
Too Close For Comfort
"My parents told me they conceived my younger sibling in a tent with me and my older sibling while we were sleeping in the same tent. I did not need to know that."
You think you know everything about the members of your family.
However, some things about them are better left a mystery.
"Was on a vacation with my grandma in a shared room and she disappeared into the bathroom for 5 minutes, came out, I didn't think any of it and didn't care, and she came up to me and said."
"I have bad constipation right now so I shoved a bit of soap in my butt to help softening it up! Maybe I'll fart bubbles soon, he he!"
"That happened 6 years ago but it's burned into my brain."
The Family's An Open Book
"Didn't need to know the reason I'm mums least favourite child and I certainly didn't need her to tell me what colour my step dad's pubes are. Didn't need my Grandparents to tell me that they had sex the night before on the couch I was sitting on or my grans favourite position."
"Also didn't need to know my uncle only has one testicle or that my dad was in the room when my cousin was conceived. My family is far to open lol."
"If you find an unlabeled videotape laying around burn the f'king thing just in case."
The myth of mammals.
Scary Fish Tongue
"There is a parasitic isopod that gets inside a fish’s mouth, severs the tongue, and lives in the fish’s mouth acting as a replacement tongue."
I wish I didn't know about as Demodex or eyelash mites.
Oh, you didn't about them?
Prepare to have your mind blown.
There is a community of mites living in the pores of our faces.
Ever wondered why your face randomly itches when there's nothing visibly making contact with your face? That's because these little stubby boring worms–that are a distant relative of ticks and spiders–are having a party inside your fleshy dwelling, and they are grateful for its host to extend the welcome mat.
Americans often drop popular sayings in conversation that have some element of truth to them.
You've undoubtedly come across phrases like, "Kill two birds with one stone" or "it's raining cats and dogs."
While those are used to describe actions, like the state of the weather, there are other phrases that are dispensed as words of wisdom to help individuals through a challenging situation.
But the endeavor to console someone by using this tactic is not always effective.
Curious to hear examples of this, Redditor Braca5 asked:
"What popular sayings are bullsh*t?"
These sound familiar?
The Survivor Mentality
"whatever doesn't kill you just makes you stronger."
"Looks aren't important."
"It's true. They don't always or entirely matter, but they do. That's kind of how superficial humans are."
Not Every Pain Heals
"Time heals all wounds."
"There's another one that goes like this 'time heals nothing, it just replaces memories.'"
The stigma around this is so foul, the guilty will lie about their offensive crime.
"He who smelt it dealt it"
"Whoever said the rhyme did the crime."
Psychology Around The Guilt
"The irony is it's almost always the opposite that's true. Most people would rather just be quiet about a fart than try to put it on somebody else and as it is you usually become pretty accustomed to your own and probably don't even smell half of the ones that slip out so likely the person who dealt it is going to be one of the last to actually consciously smell it."
Playing by the rules doesn't always get you places.
"Cheaters never win."
"A better saying:"
'Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.' John Harington (1561 - 1612)
Comeuppance Never Comes
"What goes around, comes around."
"Bullsh*t. I've seen people be jerks my entire life (I'm 57 y/o) and they never got what should have come around to them."
Thing About Karma
"Worse, it's an excuse to not take responsibility. A few years back, I had discovered a nasty person who was fooling the public by buying dogs from Amish auctions of out of state, bringing them, unvaccinated, across state lines, and pawning them off on the public as 'rescues' but also taking loads of donations when she was not registered as a charity. She was not using the funds for medical care. The gal was a flashy blonde in designer clothes and knew how to fool people."
"The county authorities were investigating and needed more evidence. I approached the owner of a local pet supply store where she operated her scam and asked him to cooperate. He banned her from the store but completely refused to cooperate with the investigation. Excuse, 'Karma will get her.'"
"B*tch got off with just a fine when she would have faced animal cruelty charges."
"Karma? No, it's not a thing."
Those who adopt a passive way of thinking end up making up for lost time.
Turning A Blind Eye
"Out of sight, out of mind."
"Ever lost track of a spider?"
How Much Time Do You Have?
"Good things come to those who wait."
Lond Distance Relationships Aren't For Everyone
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder”
I think those who say "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life," is debatable.
Depending on the situation, being forced to do something you once loved so you could earn a living can potentially breed resentment.
I'm a former dancer who absolutely lived off the adrenaline of performing on a stage. But when the cast I was performing with at a theme park was forced to do the same rigorous show five times a day–sometimes in intense heat–I was miserable.
Once, I severely twisted my ankle mid-performance simply because I was physically exhausted but continued giving it my 100% when my body was ready to give out. That's when most performance-based injuries occur.
That phrase certainly got a second hard look from me back then.
No two people share exactly the same likes and interests.
But on occasion, one might find themselves being among the few, if not the sole members of a certain fan club.
Indeed, while Cats earned a place on the list of the worst movies of all time, its 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes suggests that there are a handful of people who actually liked it.
Or while many people dread having to clean their homes, some simply can't wait to get started, and will look for any and every opportunity to do so.
Redditor StardustNova_ was curious to hear where members of the Reddit community found themselves in a distinct minority of appreciation, leading them to ask:
"What's something you like that the vast majority people hate?"
You've got me all tied up in knots!
"I love untangling things."
"Your Christmas lights end up in a ball and there’s no telling where it starts or ends?"
"Got a necklace that got rolled up into a total mess?"
"I’m your de-tangler."
"Headphones come out of your pocket looking like a Tangela? "
"Total zen for me."
"Wish I could make a few bucks with it tho."- Not_Jo_Mama
I'm all ears!
"People that talk a lot so I don’t need to."
"I like listening to them & I find their energy refreshing."- krasavetsa
"Everything about the airport."
"Idk why but it’s so fascinating."
"Honestly I like it more than the trip sometimes lol."- abigailgwhitneyairport GIFGiphy
"The cold never bothered me anyway"
"A Winnipeg winter day where there's not a cloud in the sky or a breath of wind, but it's so f*cking cold out your nose hairs freeze together every time you breathe."- FakeLordFarquaad
When life gives you lemons...
"Apparently a lot of people don't like the lemon/yellow starburst candy, and that's the one I prefer."- mermaid_with_pants
Sudsy, soapy dreams...
"Doing the dishes."
"I find it so calming."- shakensunshineSeason 5 Episode 10 GIF by SpongeBob SquarePantsGiphy
The gift that keeps on giving.
"It's super therapeutic and relaxing to me."
"I'll wrap everyone's presents in the house, even the ones they have to give to other people!"- happygoose2022
Sweeet and sparkly!
"Fruit flavored sparkling water."- suitcaseinherhand
"It's raining, it's pouring..."
"Gloomy and rainy days."- eggtart_princerainy day GIFGiphy
Can't dive too deep!
"I got addicted to research when I was in college and something about putting everything together to present a coherent argument is just exciting for me."- ILoveFoodALotMore
It's always interesting to hear the thing which would make some people groan with misery that would make others cheer with glee.
Nor should always look down on someone for loving something you absolutely hate, as they could help you wrap those presents you've been putting off because you hate it so much.
And who knows, maybe Cats wasn't as bad as you remembered...
It's usually a good feeling to be "on top".
To be found at the top of the list of a notable or unique accomplishment.
Though having the distinction of being in the top 0.1 percent of something might not always be something to brag about, resulting in some keeping this distinction to themselves.
If only because some people might be unusually fascinated by their so-called "accomplishment", that they'll never stop being bombarded by questions.
Redditor ImLostInTheForrest was curious to hear if any members of the Reddit community believed they were in the 0.1 percent of anything, be it commendable, bizarre or unfortunate, leading them to ask:
"What’s something you believe you may be in the 0.1% of?"
A mighty heart indeed
"Scars on my heart."
"I have about 30, I think."
"On my 4th heart procedure, I had 24 cardiac ablations."
"They use radio waves to kill tissue to create scarring so that effectively signals can't travel through that way."
"During one procedure, epicardial, meaning both inside and outside the heart. by the top electrophysiologist on the east coast."
"He said only one other patient of his had more done in one procedure."
"Took 10 hours."
"I could hear the nurses gossiping about me in the hallway."
"This was 7 years ago, and now my heart is working great!"- pearlie_girl·
Extremely comfortable in my skin
"Half of my body is a birthmark of tan skin, and the other half is pale white."
"It's right down the middle of my stomach and same with my back."
"I've only ever seen 1 person online with it saying 'chimerism' but idk if that's same with me."
"Idk but it's uncommon." - User Deleted
"Still living with stage IV lung cancer for 13 yrs."- Flashy-Cattle-8086
Big shoes to fill indeed...
"I wear a size 18."- wearegoodthings
Love your job!
"Don't know if it's less cool because I do it for work, but I 'photograph' atoms and crystalline atomic structures most days."
"I get to see the world in a way few ever do which is kinda neat."- RayseBraizeAnimation Loop GIF by xponentialdesignGiphy
An exclusive club no one wants to be part of...
"I have this condition called Miyoshi Myopathy, which, thankfully, affects only my calves and hence my walking capabilities."
"My doctor told me it is rare, but tbh statistically rare does not really mean anything, everyone might have it but they either did not get out of their way to test it, via taking blood and had it examined in a lab, or they just never realized there was something wrong at all."
"If you are wondering why I said 'Thankfully it only affected the legs', it is because it is a muscle disorder, and some disorders affect Cardiac, heart, and Pulmonary, lungs, muscles that will obviously not be pretty."
"I have to get tested every year to make sure all my vital functions are normal and as of now nothing significant is noted and I should be living a long and healthy life."- 1123Icantthinkofname
It's harder than you think...
"Folks who know percentages."- mrg1957Giphy
"Apparently only 0.1% of people become mechanical engineers in the US and an even smaller percentage are women, so maybe that?"
"I was also less than 2 lbs when I was born, and I think the percentage is probably similar."
"I somehow have no lasting physical issues from that, though my sister has cerebral palsy."- s_p_o_c_k
Plenty to go around!
"I have 3 functional kidneys."
"No it doesn't mean I pee more."
"No it doesn't mean I can drink more alcohol, thats the liver."
"No I won't sell it for under $71,241." - User Deleted
While some wouldn't necessarily consider some of these things an accomplishment, all of them certainly make for fascinating conversation starters.
Seriously, where would the third kidney even go...?