We were warned. Did we listen? Very few of us. They always tell you in life.... pay attention. Learn, because even the most tedious lessons will pay off one day. You just never know when. Who has the patience for "you never know when?" We need to learn patience first, clearly. Some of us stick out the tedium and we do discover that the long haul can be met with abundance. I'm still waiting on using Trigonometry though... that's just the devil's work.

Redditor u/sommai2555 wanted everyone to fess up so that the later generations know why it's important to play attention by asking.... What is something that you hated learning, but ultimately glad that you did?

qui qui....


French. Dikke-Dirk

Amen! Took French for 2 years in school. First year, didn't understand shit. Almost thought of dropping it. Now I'm pursuing DELF B1. blu7777777777

True Connection. 

IRL social interaction. So much success in the world is tied to being able to interact well with people in the real world. robotlasagna

I wish my parents knew this. It's important to allow your child to have lots of friends and actually let them hang out with said friends outside of school and stuff. I was NEVER EVER allowed to go to friend's houses or go anywhere with friends unless they lived next to us/a few doors down and under strict time limits. None of my friends were ever allowed over. Now I'm an adult and I have very few friends and I don't even really feel close to them. Kids need to be able to practice and develop that skill. KatDanger


Stopped assuming that people's thoughts about me were at all similar to that extremely critical voice in my head. It's still somewhat of a struggle to stay positive... but, overall, being yourself and staying present when with others really reduces anxiety. "Peaceful" would be a good word to describe it. Withnswo05

I cried.

That I'm okay to be on my own. I used to really cling to my two best friends, and couldn't do anything without either of them. At 26 I went clothes shopping without them for the first time since I was 19. I cried. Then I did that a bit more. Then I went to the movies on my own. Then the cricket on my own. Then the football on my own. Then I travelled on my own. I learnt to become very comfortable in my own skin. And I am so so glad that I did. wolverine-claws

Road Warrior...


Driving. I took about twice as many driving classes as anyone else I know. I was petrified the entire time and I kept mixing up left and right.

Ten years and several driving vacations later, I'm glad my parents cajoled and essentially bribed me into going through with it. aNulgoodlove

"It's fun to poo-poo & pee-pee in the toilet." 

Potty training. hugestdildoyouveused

Ha! I still remember my mom saying, "It's fun to poo-poo & pee-pee in the toilet." I pondered this for a moment then realized how convenient it was to keep playing and just sh!t your pants wherever you were instead of stopping playtime to go find a bathroom. I shook my head wisely, "Nah-ah, it's fun to poo-poo & pee-pee in the diaper."

My toddler mind was a strange place. AutumnRain789

Speak Right. 

English, I was about 8 or 9 years old when I hated English, maybe because of crap like: it is very difficult, I do not want to, it is that blah blah blah. The thing is that when my parents finally forced me to learn, I loved it, and thanks to that,
I met an English-speaking community as diverse as reddit is. just_a_spanish_dude

Keep Your Crazy....

Dealing with people's craziness I'm the workforce.

Currently dealing with being ghosted by a co-worker and have a goddamn dissertation along with screenshots about why I acted appropriately when I called her earlier to set up a time to talk about it after work in case HR decides to pay me a visit about "mysterious" allegations.

I know how quickly companies can shun you if you cannot justify your position or actions all too well. WannabeAsianNinja

The Passion.


Piano. For 4 years I hated it with a passion. Then in 8th grade my piano teacher taught me a really fun song. I realized I didn't like slow classical music but upbeat and fast songs. I was super hooked on playing piano for the next 6 years.

Don't have easy access to a piano anymore but eventually I started just making up stuff as I went. And had memorized a handful of songs. Was my favorite way to de-stress and express/process my emotions in high school when I couldn't voice them or put words to my feelings. A_Somewhat_Geek

Let me hear you.... 

Public speaking. I was super shy and I wasn't willing to talk in front of a crowd larger than two. So my teacher pulled my ass into a public speaking contest. I was really nervous, hated every bit of it.

Flash forward a few years, a few poem recitals here and there, I'm a lot more comfortable in speaking in front of a crowd. Still nervous as heck but, at least I can speak my thoughts without running away like that one time during a presentation I had to do in front of my class. asteraft

Speaking in Tongues....


Languages; at first it was very difficult to learn new language, after 3rd one it starts getting easier because all languages are connected. So now I know 5 languages and started learning my 6th. RedditArtur

subtext is life.... 

I hated learning about themes, and metaphors in literature when i was a kid, but now that I'm older, a part of me is delighted when I recognize the subtext of whatever Im reading. Tonaia

Same here. Reading becomes much more enjoyable when you understand the deeper meanings and concepts behind texts. zummm72

People Anxiety. 

I had a fear of calling people. I always relied on e-mails and texting because calling someone just made me anxious for some reason. Eventually I as forced to pick up the phone at an internship, and I grew out of being anxious. Now I call people instead of waiting to finally get an e-mail back and it's just way more time efficient. DutchCheeseAddict


Math. MessireSM

I'm here for math as well. I have worked for two people who don't understand when to multiply or divide for percentages, or when it add and subtract, and it was infuriating.

A great way to refresh your basic math skills is to take a deck of cards and start subtracting down from one hundred to zero. Or use as a very depressing party trick if you want to see how many grown folk have lost the ability to math. LollyGriff

Board Fail.


I took keyboarding in high school. Absolutely hated the class, the teacher was awful. One of the most useful skills I have now, and I couldn't possibly do my job as efficiently, and make the kind of money I do without it. sommai2555

Vroom No. 

Driving. I was 40 by the time I got my license and I regret all of the lost time. As nice as it was to be chauffeured around there's something to be said for the freedom of being able to hop in the car and go anywhere, any time. I love driving now. Other drivers, on the other hand, I could do without. everyting_is_taken


Writing. Would constantly break down in tantrums when doing my writing homework during my first year of school, now I'm 150 pages through my first novel. oldmanhiggons

I'm an English teacher. I hated learning essays but wow do I love teaching them now–to students that hate learning essays. coffeeframes

The Worth.....

Something that someone told me once that became easier to live by over time:

In life there is always two ways you can go about any situation. You can react or you can respond.

Learning to respond instead of react takes time. But it's worth it. Hovie1

stick to the plan.....

Took my first programming class in high school, and hated it. Really didn't see the point, way too abstract, and just figured it wasn't for me so I decided to stick to my plan of pursuing a music career.

Later I discovered my untalented self didn't have what it took to be a musician, and now I'm a web developer. maleorderbride

The Stick.


How to drive a manual/stick. I also learned to drive a tractor and some heavy machinery not long after and it's translated into being able to drive pretty much anything aside from a non synchro truck (which I understand in theory).

I'm pretty much always the sober driver so it's meant I can drive friends cars home if they've over indulged and keeps me and my mates safe.

It wasn't pretty learning to drive, but I'm very please I know how to now. maddogmilo93


People Explain Which Lessons Aren't Taught In History Class But Should Be
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It's highly believed that it is important to learn history as a means to improve our future.

What is often overlooked is that what is taught in history class is going to be very different depending on where you went to school.

And this isn't just internationally, even different regions of the United states will likely have very different lessons on American history.

This frequently results in our learning fascinating, heartbreaking and horrifying historical facts which our middle or high school history teachers neglected to teach us.

Redditor Acherontia_atropos91 was curious to learn things people either wished they had learned, or believe they should have learned, in their school history class, leading them to ask:

What isn’t taught in history class but should be?
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People Share The Most Random Things They Miss About Life Before The Pandemic
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So apparently we are in the endemic phase of this nonsense.

We have light at the end of the tunnel.

So what now?

Where do we go from here?

Normal seems like an outdated word.

How do we get back to normal though?

Is it even possible?

What are reaching back to?

Life pre-Covid.

Those were the days.

If only we could bring them back.

Redditor hetravelingsong wanted to discuss our new normal in this hopeful "endemic" phase. So they asked:

"What’s something random you miss about pre-COVID times?"
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Atheists Break Down What They Actually Do Believe In
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What do you believe?

Is there a GOD in the sky?

Is he guiding us and helping us?

Life is really hard. Why is that is a big entity is up there loving us?

Atheists have taken a lot of heat for what feels like shunning GOD.

What if they've been right all along?

Maybe let's take a listen and see what they really think.

Redditor __Jacob______ wanted to hear from the people who don't really believe all that "God" stuff. They asked:

"Atheists, what do you believe in?"
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The list of what irritates me is endless.

I mean... breathing too loud or dust can set me off.

I'm a bit unstable, yes.

But I'm not alone.

So let's discuss.

Redditor Aburntbagel6 wanted to hear about all the times many of us just couldn't control our disdain. They asked:

"What never fails to piss you off?"
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