What's your favorite thing to do?
Better yet, what's something that you used to love to do? Did you ever have a hobby or a goal that you suddenly ceased putting effort in? Maybe you were young and just grew out of it. Or worse - something or someone discouraged you from doing that thing you love. Nothing can last forever, but the hope is that the things that bring you joy or are dedicated to can remain a part of your life.
People reflected on the things they used to love doing when Redditor u/Enzerly asked, "What caused you to quit doing something you love?" Turns out, more often than not, the reasons are pretty sad.
When "friends" spoil the fun
I used to be very active on a discord server but then a group of people who I used to be friends with (started not getting along) began spamming the server with dumb garbage every day. Couldn't even go through a normal conversation with anyone without them being annoying. So I kinda ignore that server now. It's a shame too, that server was like a second home to me at some point .-.
Do you really have to miss all concerts now?
I stopped seeing punk shows or playing music because an elitist clique with alot of connections developed a beef with me over a woman I was seeing that one of them wanted. He was cheating on his fiancee with her but they acted like I was an evil a**hole for getting pissed and refusing to have an open relationship. I broke up with her and moved and years later they found me and started a fight in LA and sued me when I stood up for myself.
What an evil thing to domountain bike bicycles GIFGiphy
My long term girlfriend cheated and we broke up. We had an apartment and dog together. She bought me out and we decided that it would be best if Kona stayed with her as I was going to be on my own with no immediate family or help.
Few days after I moved out I went to get something, Kona went nuts with happiness I played with him, gave him a hug and left. I could hear him crying as I left. I didn't grab my bike for some reason.
I needed time to get myself sorted and just decompress so didn't really reach out to see him. Regret that.
Few weeks later I found out she put him down due to severe separation anxiety. She never told me, I didn't get my bike and haven't ridden since.
Kona was my riding buddy.
Not so honorable
The Community. And the horrible developers.
God. For Honor used to be such a pleasure to play. But it has a Community so toxic its whats causing the game to die as we speak. I jumped that ship not to long ago. And I dont blame the rest for jumping too. I think the game has run its course. Its time for the prototype game to sink now. We now know the art of war system is great. But we need a new art of war game.
It's hard to lose your physical abilities
Loved baseball, played little league for 11 years, was all-star pitcher 4 years in a row with 78 mph fastball at 16 yo...then got into a car accident a few months after my 17th birthday. can't run, can't throw more than 30mph now, etc
accident was over a decade ago
You can't enjoy things when they're forced on you
School killed my passion for reading.
And programming killed my interest in programming.
A bad boss or colleague can ruin everything
I love my line of work. Working for someone who hates it, brought me almost to the point of quitting. (But then Covid happened and my line of work (entertainment industry) won't be back up on its feet for a very very long time.
News is hard to stomach
I used to love reading the news. Was subscribed to newspapers and feeds from all over the world.
And then the whole damn planet went bat-s**t crazy. And that was LONG before 2020.
Still trying to stay informed, but nowhere near the dedication and zeal I once had.
Silence is an option
Meditated for ten years with no appreciable effect. Group got more popular and it started being more social. Would go on week retreats no talking. Too much hugging afterwards. Too much talking about what happened during. Either I was there when it happened or it's your personal experience and none of my business. Do you really need to run your mouth this badly?
A culinary career is demandinggordon ramsay cooking GIF by Hell's KitchenGiphy
Advice from older people
Used to be a chef and met a lot of older men who would wish they had changed career path when they were younger so they could get out of that life and have a family and some genuine time off during holidays etc.
I'm only 29 but I took the advice and can honestly say my life is a lot better now as a teacher
I hope they're able to recover from this tragedy
I used to cycle every weekend. I was preparing for a big race and was up to 100miles. My three year old nephew died in a car crash about two weekends before it was scheduled. It sent me into a pretty ragged depression. I lost interest in a lot of things. I'm trying to get some gear back to start again but I'm still working on it.
Family can be cruel
I stopped learning random skills in high school because of family constantly saying I'd never amount to anything
only recently got the confidence to start learning new things again
It's awful to have the things you love be laughed at
I used to write a whole lot of stories. Sometimes fanfics but mostly my own stuff. I illustrated a lot of them too. (That was from my 5th to ~14th birthday) I stopped doing it for a long time because my parents started to laugh at my stories which were very personal. It destroyed a lot of trust. I recently started to write again and it's not the same anymore. I constantly have that fear of being made fun of, my stories being cringy and simply not good enough. Never laugh about something your kid does if the kid doesn't laugh
Wild bears everywhereBlack Bear Family GIF by BBC AmericaGiphy
The area of my favorite nature trail has become heavily populated with black bears.
Since it's nearly impossible to walk the area without encountering black bears (some of them quite large), I've stopped going
It could've been accident, but that sucks
I loved writing lyrics. Wrote for 6 or 7 years, typed them all into a memo pad on a phone I carried everywhere. I wrote all of the time. It was my way of expressing myself, of coping with things in my head. It was my dream to record them all, and have people hear my message. Let my mom borrow my phone one day. She formatted it(deleted everything). I still don't know why. Since then, I can't seem to work up the will or desire to write lyrics.
This pandemic is on everyone's minds
Horrible teachers. I love my classes, it's just that some of the teachers can't teach or can't talk about anything but their life and the pandemic. I gave up watching their online classes and only study through the books.
Just like what you like
I used to love learning about Japanese history and culture. I would study and try and learn Japanese during school hours. But then this weeaboo nonsense started, and I wanted no part of that identity
Liking Japanese stuff doesn't make you a weeb.
In fact, a weeaboo is someone who's really ignorant of Japanese culture and just buys into fantasies and stereotypes. They can't seem to remember that Japan is just a country full of normal people and common problems.
The scary world of online gaming
I stopped playing video games because my friends are all toxic to me and I suck at games. At first I only played to play with my friends, but when they became toxic af I stopped playing.
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It's become increasingly hard to get through a day without encountering a scam artist.
Be it an email where you've been told you won a non-existent prize, a fraudulent call from the IRS claiming there's a warrant issued for your arrest, or a neighborhood psychic, luring you in to tell you a terrible fate awaits you, but you have to pay hundreds of dollars more to find out what it is.
From snake oil salesmen to Ponzi schemes, scam artists have been around for ages, and will not be going anywhere any time soon.
And while our hearts break for anyone who falls victim to these horrendous acts of deception, there is also little that is more compelling than reading about some of the more outrageous scams which ever took place (Fyre Festival anyone).
"What is the biggest scam in the history of mankind?"
Un-Holy Matrimony Is More Like it...
"The wedding industry is one big scam."- Resafalo
Tax Fraud Has Several Forms...
"Telling me to figure out my own taxes."
"Then, they tell me I did it wrong. If you know how much I owe, just tell me and I’ll pay it!!'- dinahsaur523
Just Don't Tell Tom Cruise...
"L Ron Hubbard is quite a fascinating man to learn about, terrible, terrible man, he began lying at a young age and then never stopped afterwards."
"Becoming a billionaire out of that creepy cult like 'religion' is the biggest scam of all time."- Joe_PM2804happy tom cruise GIF by South Park Giphy
You Do Just Keep Needing More...
"Printer ink."- Mr_BananaPants
Spending More Money With The Slip Of A Finger
"The ads that claims to be inter actable but when your finger barely touches the screen it takes you to AppStore."- AnimePeter_
"Textbook access codes that you get after buying a new textbook and can use only once."- SuvenPanBg3 GIF by Larian StudiosGiphy
The Money Goes Somewhere...
"Payday loan companies."- Im_Negan
It Runs In The Family!
"My mom telling me she won't be mad if I tell her the truth."- Low_Quarter_583
Maybe Not A Girls Best Friend...
"Diamonds."- TheCyrcusdiamonds GIFGiphy
Scams Fine If It's the Nazis Your Scamming...
"Eye doctor here."
"I'd like to dispel the myth regarding carrots and good vision or night vision because of a scam set forth by Britain at the time to screw with the enemy."
"They had just started performing night air raids and the Germans couldn’t figure out how they were accurately flying and bombing in the dead of night so the Brits printed in their newspapers that they were feeding their pilots carrots to improve their night vision and how good carrots were for your vision due to the beta carotene."
"Turns out that the Brits had just effectively mounted radar units to their planes for the first time and beat Germans to the punch with it."
"The truth is that beta carotene, while important for vision, is rarely in short supply in most diets and you can probably get enough out of a few packets of ketchup for weeks of good vision."
"Meanwhile, here we are now approaching 100 years after the development of radar still eating the lies of carrots."- OscarDivine
It's amazing the lengths people will go to deceive people for money.
And that sometimes they actually get away with it.
But as a general rule of thumb, if something seems like it's too good to be true, then it probably is.
Some Americans have been known to wish they lived elsewhere in the world, owing to certain things appearing to be much better handled elsewhere.
Up to and including healthcare, free education, cost of living, or simply the way they make pizza or coffee.
However, sometimes we must stop and remind ourselves that the grass is always greener in someone else's yard.
As there are plenty of people all over the world who wish they were living in the USA, believing that some things are simply done better in America.
"What does America do better than most other countries?"
The Versatility Of Corn!
"Turning corn into things that are not corn."- rlemon
"I was going to say cornbread but everyone said rest stops. Have y’all ever had cornbread?"- Admirable-Ad-2554
The Pause That Refreshes
"I love the Interstate Rest Areas on road trips."
"I'm a Canadian from the west coast, and was always VERY impressed with the 24/7 rest areas."
"Clean washrooms, nice grassy areas for dogs, picnic tables, and a lot of times people selling crafts, or offering free coffee!"
"I've only driven through the western states, (WA,OR,CA,NV,UT,AZ) but yeah, those rest areas were always reliable."
"Always well-marked signs when the next one was coming up."
"Just made everything about traveling easier!"
"Thanks neighbors!"- Ubba-GaGiphy
"Jazz, the Blues."- BretonVikander
...But Maybe Not The Airports...
"Aircraft carriers."- TheBladeRodenFlying Take Off GIF by U.S. NavyGiphy
A Breath Of Fresh Air
"National Parks."- Big-Win6220
"We have nearly every biome on Earth available in the lower 48 alone."
"Adding Alaska and Hawaii just completes the set."
"Is there any biome that doesn't exist in The US?"- Ursa_Mid
A Nice Cold Drink
"Make sure there's ice in your beverage."- HegemonHarbingerWater Day GIF by ZinZenGiphy
Very Logical Indeed
"Serious answer? "
"We're quite a large country and we've gotten very good at moving things around."- weirdoldhobo1978
America is what it is today all owing to the fact that people came here for a better life.
No question, America has its issues, hence why no one mentioned our political system or our electoral process.
But it's the things that are uniquely and unequivocally American which makes people feeling lucky to be living here.
There are very few people in the United States who don't indulge in fast food every once in a while.
Sometimes it's out of pleasure, taking an occasional indulgence in the delicious, salty, if less than healthy, treats the food chains provide.
Other times, it might be out of necessity, as it might be the only option while on the road or waiting in the airport after your flight was canceled for the second time.
But there are some fast food chains to which people have such an aversion to that they simply will not eat from them, even if it is literally the only option.
Making one almost wish that these places would go out of business, so that they will never even be an option.
Redditor rcinvestments was eager to hear which fast food chains people wish would go out of business, and thus no longer be found in rest stops and airport food courts, leading them to ask:
"What fast food chain should go out of business?"
Long John Silver's
"i swear Long John Silvers is just a money laundering front."- FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF1234Seafood Hushpuppies GIF by Long John Silver'sGiphy
"I’m starting to question getting subway multiple times a month."- Moose_dude16439
"They brand as fresh and healthy but are neither."
"The food is awful."- Emergency_Sundae6842
"I’d be down to get rid of subways but only if all locations were replaced with better sub/deli sandwich shops."
"Cause that’s about the one thing Subway has on anyone else, proximity."
"I do love the cookies too."- Forsuremaybe_
"You can’t get a footlong for less than $10 now and it’s not even a good sandwich compared to just about anywhere else."
"Firehouse and Jersey Mike’s are better, but nothing great, don’t @ me. Go local on this one fools."- AllGarbageSub GIF by Subway SverigeGiphy
"KFCs quality has DROPPED in the last 10 years."
"It’s not the same delicious, well cooked chicken I remember."- Graceland1979
"Is Burger King even trying anymore? "
"When I was a kid I remember them being a legit competitor to McDonalds and Wendy's was barely an afterthought."
"Now its McDonald's vs. Wendy's for me."
"McDonald's vs. Burger King for me now feels like WalMart vs. K-Mart and then Wendy's is Target."- basedlandchad20
"Going to a Burger King is like playing Russian Roulette but with food poisoning."
"The quality of the locations varies so much it's crazy."- SquilliamFancySon95
"As sad as it makes me, Burger King."
"At least in the part of the US I live in."
"It’s been years since I was satisfied by the taste, thanks to undercooked Pattie’s, cold hard buns, stale fries, employees that seem like they’d rather not be there, drive through as that smell like rotted soft drinks, and overall the locations are looking run down."
"Even their advertising has been sloppy and sometimes outright inappropriate."- RustliefLameManeScared The Shining GIFGiphy
"Golden Corral needs to go."
"People touching food, coughing and sneezing by the food, kids grabbing plates and then putting back."
"Food is absolutely bland."
"The best tasting food there is the iceberg lettuce if that's any indication how bad the food is."- kimsuh
Of course, the quality of the food might not alway be the reason people wish some places would go out of business.
Sometimes, the food might simply be so good that you find yourself unable to resist your temptations.
Ask anyone with an office in close proximity to a Shake Shack.
And these days, who's office ISN'T in close proximity to a Shake Shack...
What one person finds sexy is anther person's ick factor.
It's an eternal debate.
The mind, the heart, pheromones... it's a messy combo.
To each their own.
Redditor PetrichorPrints wanted to hear about what makes many of you tingle in ways the rest of us don't get.
"What’s something other people find sexy that you just can’t understand?"
I'm not telling you my secrets. But I'll listen to yours.
"People doing fillers to make their cheek bones look more 'refined.' it just looks like you got stung by a bee."
"There was a dude years ago that I was seeing, we're on a webcam and he said he liked my crease. Had no idea what he was talking about and he kept saying 'right there.' Turns out he likes armpit creases."
"That is oddly specific. Congrats, you taught me that literally anything can be a turn-on for the right people."
"That voice some women put on to seem cutesy/sexy, I can only describe it as 'baby voice', but it just annoys me. Talk like an adult."
"That's the voice I use to talk to my cat. She doesn't care if I talk in my normal voice, but slap the baby tone on it and she's all ears."
"My wife had a friend who did that baby voice. Not all the time, just when she thought she was being cute. It used to drive me crazy, especially in the car. One day when I was driving them back from a crafting event we had agreed to drop her off at her place. As we got closer, she baby talked , You don’t have to stop. Just slow down and I will jump out. Hehehehe.”
"After we dropped her off, I mimicked her 'I’ll just jump out. Hehe.'"
"My wife said, 'I felt like shoving her out the door and shouting, Tuck and roll, *itch!'"
"Interrupting while I'm asleep."
"Yes! I always wondered if I was in some very tiny minority because it seems to be labeled as a 'hot' thing to do. Waking me up in the middle of the night, you’re going to get someone angry, disheveled, and confused. I’m surely not going to be rearing to go. I don’t even like being touched in my sleep. We have the whole waking day to bang."
"Omg this is a double edged sword for me, because I love the fantasy of my husband taking me when he wants but the actual execution of this? Nope nope nope! Let me sleep!"
"The serious/intense 'model' face (ie. Blue Steel). Completely unsexy."
"I’m assuming you mean faces 'like' Blue Steel but not actually Blue Steel itself which is incredible."
Werk. Stand. Give. Face.
"I don't understand the big breast implants some women get. Breast implants are fine but the huge a** ones are just a massive turn off."
"Totally get this. I've always felt the same way. Until I met my wife. The first time I saw her breasts I was flabbergasted! 'Cos they're not over the top while she's dressed. But once they're free and breezy I immediately questioned their authenticity! She never hid the fact they aren't real, but my word they've changed my mind on augmentation! Teardrop implants can be (trust me) magnificent!"
"Being mean to someone. I understand it's 'I'm so sexy I can treat you like crap' attitude, but what about 'I'm so confident, I don't have to put people down' confidence?"
"If you mean someone getting turned on by another person being mean to them then it's almost always a domination thing."
"I question more the people who are with these a**holes. I don't get how someone likes that at all unless they're masochistic. And even if they are, I would imagine they would want someone who's only that way in the bedroom and not all the time."
Well, that is quite the list!
What would you add to this? Let us know in the comments below.