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No one says growing up is easy. Taxes, marriage, buying a car, having kids, going to college, and doing dishes are all exactly as hard as you think they are. However, knowing where the pitfalls will be can maybe give you a chance to bypass them.


Reddit user, u/PersonalMachine, wanted to know the slip-ups you'll make in life when they asked:

What's a trap that almost everyone will fall into at some point in their lives?

Once You're Past 23, This Is A No Go

Staying up way too late, thinking you'll be just fine for the morning.

Unhappy_Needleworker

4 hours till I have to get up for work? I'm sure 3 hours is enough sleep. I'll definitely be rested if i get 2 hours of sleep. Is that... the sun?

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One Is Not The Other

Mistaking infatuation for love.

Mistaking lack of infatuation for lack of love.

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It's Just Their Job

Trusting people who are not their friends, but are instead doing their job.

  • HR representatives.
  • Realtors.
  • People looking for investors who have a 'sure thing'.
  • Managers asking 'how are you doing?"

Those are the people I shouldn't have trusted and did.

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None Of It Is Real

Comparing yourself to others in an unhealthy way.

Social media has made this a much more common problem but it can be easy to look at someone else's life and get down on yourself even tho it's not a fair or accurate comparison.

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You'll Never Hear It Again

Setting your favorite song as your morning alarm

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Made that mistake in 2007. Still hate that song

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No One Needs That Much

"The large popcorn is only 50¢ more? Alright, I'll go for a large."

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It's Never Too Late To Back Out Now

A bit surprised nobody mentioned this one yet, sunken cost fallacy.

Thinking "well, I've invested THIS much already, might as well invest more to get it done with" or " I've gone this far, why end it now?". I see this happen all the time.

I learned it in a few classes but I found it applies with way more than real investments. I see people doing this with relationships where they think they can change someone, workplaces people don't want to leave, etc...

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Again. It's A Job.

Actually thinking that the cute cashier/stripper really likes and cares about you. Usually young lonely men fall to this...

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SPOILER: You Can't Fix Them

Falling in love with the wrong person and thinking your can fix him/her

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From a reddit "best advice" topic a few years back:

Never fall in love with someone's potential

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It's. Never. One.

I'll just have one beer.

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Fam. Weighted blankets.

If you (or your kids - I see you, exhausted parents) struggle to stay asleep at night, weighted blankets might be a game changer for you. We got one for our 1-year-old after a week of her waking up at 4AM for baby jam sessions.

Best $31.99 we have ever spent. Ever.

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As kids, we spent about 8 hours every day in school for 10 months of each year. Not surprisingly, a few useless lessons made their way into the curriculum.

Well, maybe more than a few.

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Kids say some seriously whacky stuff sometimes, it can be disturbing, especially when they tend to discuss people who are not there. When the imagination is heading into "The Sixth Sense" territory, it may be time for a visit to the therapist. Now almost all of us had imaginary friends at one point in life. It is a very normal, common part of childhood. But much like the real friends in corporeal form we make in life, sometimes certain relationships are toxic and not a good influence. And separation is called for.

Redditor u/xX_ENTROPY_Xx wanted to hear about people's children's besties that they haven't laid eyes on by asking..... What's the scariest story you heard a child tell about their "imaginary friend"?

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Be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. That is one of the wisdoms of life that people are always throwing around. It can be especially true when meeting your idols, finding your dream job and searching down blood relatives you knew nothing about. The DNA discovery craze has been all the rage the past decade or so. Everyone is running around contacting family they never knew they had. That can be quite the Pandora's box of family secrets and scandal.The outcomes have been all over the place. Though one of the best led to the discovery of the Golden State killer so that's a win.

Redditor u/VideoFork wanted to know who would be willing to give up some salacious tea about their blood tie discoveries by asking..... People who have taken an ancestry DNA test and accidentally uncovered a family secret, what was it?
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