Sometimes things aren't what you expected. Sometimes they are so the opposite, in fact, that they make a negative impact. How awful those ones are...
u/Critical-Lion posed the question:
Here are some warnings.
He Tricked You
Man, did my dad upsell mowing the lawn when I was a kid. He made it a thing my brothers and I aspired to do. We knew when we were old enough and responsible enough to mow the lawn we would officially be "big kids"
Turns out it's way more fun to sit on the sidelines with a popsicle.
When I was a kid I kept seeing these kids with casts because they broke their arm or their wrist or their ankle, and I was so bummed because I'd never broken a bone.
Then third grade came and I broke my wrist in three places and my thumb in two and turns out it f*cking sucks wrapping your arm up like a loaf of bread to take a shower.
Exploring caves. It sounded amazing. Then I spent 8 hours knee deep in bat shit and crawling, or more accurately jamming by body through tiny passages face down, in the dark, with all types of vermin crawling on me in a 98°F hole in the ground. Then they were nice enough to tell me the most common cause of death is something called a dead hang. It's when you fall in a hole and get tangled in your climbing ropes and they can't find you or get you out. You just hang there all mangled up until you die. And that waterfall you can here but can't see? I bet it's beautiful but it's probably one of those places you could fall into pretty easily. Then when you're hours away from where you entered this hell hole and you've been in complete darkness for long enough you get this feeling of dread they call the rapture. You'd give anything to get he fuck out of there and see the sun again but it's not possible. It will a very long time before you get out. It was an experience im glad I had but I'd never do it again.
The Me Within
After being fat 90% of my life I actually mustered the willpower to get in shape and now I realize all my problems are because of me, not because I was fat.
Captive work outings. Example: "we have organized an afternoon boat tour."
"you will be crammed in to small a space, blasted with sh*tty music and expected to be friendly to people you are only around because you are paid to be, for 4-5 hours. You will accomplish nothing of value, and your bosses think this is a reward."
Ive got one! Marvin's Magic Drawing Board. My sister u/Renscout and I saw the infomercials when we were young. It looked amazing. I think it was like 3 easy payments of $9.99? The thing was basically a rainbow background with a gap, and then a clear film. So when you press the film, color shows through. But it NEVER worked anything like the infomercial. We literally used it that day only. Sucked.
Those foot vibrating machines at amusement parks, zoos, etc. that are supposed to make you feel better after walking around all day - saw some kids sitting on the metal plate instead, laughing. Asked my dad for some quarters, tried to do the same thing. The force of the vibration caused me to shart immediately.
Gone With The LARP
Live action role play. It looks like fun adult dress up fighting but it ended up being a bunch of sweaty guys in badly made tunics hitting me with padded sticks.
Soaring And Sicking
Paragliding. My boyfriend and I were on this magnificent trip and decided to have no FOMO and go paragliding in the German alps. My god the views were spectacular...but my god did I have to do everything in my power not to barf all over the views.
I didn't realize that the motion sickness I get in twisty car rides would transfer during this activity...only 100x more intense. The guide I was attached to swiftly handed me a barf bag but thanked me profusely for not using it when we landed because apparently it was full of holes.
Getting my foot run over by a car. For some reason thought it wouldn't hurt and it would be fun so when my friends mum drove the car into my driveway I stuck my foot right under the tire and as it went over my foot it crushed my foot and I screamed out and made her feel incredibly guilty for my blatant stupidity.