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People Explain How Their High School Crush Turned Out

People Explain How Their High School Crush Turned Out
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It can be tough to let go of your high school crushes.

Being a teenager is one of the most formative times in our lives, and the person who makes an indent in your heart can stay there for years after you toss your graduation caps in the air. Fortunately, thanks to the advent of social media, it's not too hard to find out what happened to the person you used to think about during math class when you should have been taking notes on algebraic functions.

Reddit user, u/memeulousisapokemon, wanted to know what the past turned out like when they asked:

"Redditors, How Has Your Highschool Crush Turned Out?"

Get 'Em All Done As Quick As You Can


"Popped 5 kids out before age 30"


Sift Through Those Feelings

"He's a computer engineer in a big city nearby. My crush on him dissolved once I found out he seemed to just be getting high and partying in college. Not my thing."

"Years later I realized that I didn't actually like him, I just admired his strength and art skills and wished I could be him."


That Feeling When You Can't Let Go...



"Alcohol problems."

"Complete fall from grace."

"And I'd still walk over hot coals for him"


Things Are Still The Same

"Has a house now, no kids, single somehow.. was already pretty thin but looks kind of thinner but still hot, still the same goofy/carefree personality seems to be doing well... safe to say I deffinitely [sic] still have a crush lol"

"& [We're] both 24 now for reference."


You Lost Track Over The Years

"She asked for help deleting her facebook account. Moved away from the country and no one knows what happened to her or where she is."


Popping In And Out

"When I worked in a convenience store a couple years ago, I saw him again during work one day. He got chubby, but he still looked cute. We talked, however I don't remember what he said he was doing at the time or why he was in town."

"Don't know how he's doing now, though. Hope he's alright."


It's Okay To Be Human

"I'm gay and there was the cutest guy a grade above me and I used to just be so smitten every time I saw him. Gay 16 yr old me thought, no chance, he's totally straight."

"Flash forward like 15 years and a friend of a friend (who happened to be this guy's best friend in high school and currently) was drunkenly telling me about how he was so shocked that he just found out his best friend was gay and was in gay porn and how he had watched one of his pornos just to make sure it was really him."

"He told me his real name and porn name I was like "WHAT?" in my head, b/c how is this even possible? Lol..."

"Anyway, I must admit, I watched some of his videos (I'm only human after all) and I was not disappointed. After some light Facebook stalking (hey, his account was set to public, so sue me, lol), it looks like he's living in California as a personal trainer and is happily engaged to his boyfriend."


Find Another Way Into The Family

"Married a DJ, moved to Italy, had 3 kids with him, got divorce and now lives in Boston."

"Edit: i married her cousin, did not know they were related until we were married."


4th Time's the Charm?

"According to our state's court access page she is currently in the process of filing for her 3rd divorce to a guy who crashed his car while high on percocet."


Ew. Scarves.

"He does loans at a bank and is married to an impossibly ugly woman who seems like a nice person. He got fat. Oh well."

"My husband's HS crush wears tons of scarves and likes taking photos by her fireplace and fake tanning."


Here And Gone Again And Again

"We were friends through high school, she'd give me rides home since I didn't drive. She graduated before me and got pregnant. I saw her one time after that when she came into the school excited to show off her ultrasounds. After that, she pretty much just disappeared."

"A couple years later I found her on MySpace, we chatted for like nine minutes, and then poof, gone again."

"She doesn't seem to have any social media presence. Her sister and mother both have Facebooks, there's pictures of her kid on her mom's page, there's mention of my friend, but no pictures. It's weird."

"It's been 14 years now and I'm in a pretty happy relationship, I'm not pining for her or anything, I'd just like to know what happened to my friend."


A Life Well Lived

"He went into the Marines, lived in Hawaii for a while, came back a few years ago. He just graduated with a Master's degree. He's got a family, a wife and kids plus 2 of his nieces (his older sister passed away suddenly a few years ago and her 4 kids had no dad in the picture, he took the 2 girls because they were close to his daughters, his other sister took the 2 boys because they were close to her sons). He's ripped AF. Like insanely. He's a nice dude, been cool the few times we've seen each other since high school."


That's Quite A Stinger


"She's working on her PhD, she's a scientist. She studies bees."


"I hope her current honey knows it. It would sting to lose someone as pure as her."


"Ah, puns. What else would I expect from the reddit hive mind? We always make a beeline for the easiest jokes"


Keeping Up With One Another

"So the story begins in high school. I had a major crush on him because he was smart and geeky like me. We texted back and forth always low key flirting and school things. We both had nicknames for each other and it was so magical. For some reason he didnt make anything official and I didnt want to push him. Senior year i asked him to prom and he accepted. Just having him there with me made the happiest person on the planet. Now, 5yrs later we only text each other on our birthdays without fail. He's doing good for himself and that's what makes me happy."


Moving On

"We dated for a while but it wasn't working, so we broke up. Then I set her up with a friend of mine and they got married right out of high school, while I took off to college. He got a trade job, and they had three kids. Couldn't be happier for them."


Using Social Media For What's It Meant For

"The last time this was posted, I realized I hadn't seen her on any form of social media ever so I did some digging."

"I found out that she's living in a huge suburban house by herself that's owned by a descendant of an old mob boss, so my guess is that she's a mafia mistress living the high life."

"My hometown actually had quite a number of single women living alone in houses like this, and it was almost always some sort of arrangement like this."


Crushes Knows No Bounds

"I had a gay crush on Marceline from adventure time and now she’s with Princess Bubblegum, so that’s happening I guess."


Yeah, Meth Will Have That Effect

"Had a crush for a year then graduated and she did meth which was an instant vibe killer"


"Yeah I heard meth kinda ruins the mood"


At Least You Gave It A Shot

"She's a fairly successful environmental biologist now."


"I wish her the best."

"We tried dating but weren't compatible."


Finding Yourself At The Top Of The Chain

"She's the department manager for a clothing store franchise last I heard. Seems like she's doing well, she's got a long-term partner and she's aged very well. I'm very happy for her."


Still Stammering, After All These Years

"He's a doctor. Bumped into him when my dad was admitted. I was still nervous talking to him, he's grown taller, more muscular and he's now a bloody doctor. Who wouldn't start stammering?"

"My siblings started laughing at me though, saying I couldn't even talk properly when meeting an old friend. They don't know it, they don't know he's the guy I've a crush on. They don't even know I don't like girls."


"She's an influencer so l see her everytime l open any social media"


"This is the worst - I'm so sorry"


Tastes Change

"He's a happily married high school teacher with an adorable baby. I'm happy for him. My tastes have gradually shifted and there's no wistfulness at all."


The Illusion Drops

"He became a moderately successful film maker and moved to a big city. I always felt some kinda nostalgia towards him, like he was 'the one that got away' or some sh-t like that. Out of the blue he contacted me when he was back visiting family in our small, seaside town a couple of years back. We ended up getting super high on the moonlit beach, reminiscing about school day shenanigans (and that one time we played tonsil tennis on the geography field trip in year 9) Long story short, we ended up hooking up on the beach."

"During the act, as we were trying to navigate the sand and my paranoia that we were about to be caught, he whispered in my ear "remember this moment when you're back to your humdrum existence". Never pulled my tights up so fast in my life. Needless to say this encounter somewhat demystified the 20 year sliding doors sentiments I'd felt for him. Turns out he'd turned out to be a bit of @ss."


Wait, But...Ooooohhhhh. I Get It.


"Reading a book in the living room, aging like fine wine, going on 20 years"


"This is the cutest thing ever and I hope you the very best"


Maybe social media was a mistake? We learn way more than we do at a reunion.

How did you crush end up? Let us know in the comments below.

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.