A serious amount of introspection occurs when you're stuck at home with nothing but your Netflix watchlist and your thoughts to comfort you.
We've learned a lot, and seen a lot, as evidenced by these stories below.
Reddit user, idk_you_decide, wanted to know what new knowledge you've picked up during lockdown when they asked:
"What do we only know now because of the pandemic?"
Pre-existing health issues aside: Masks are not that big a deal.
We're All Ninjas, Aren't We?
"Many people look better with masks on"
It's Really Not That Bad Stop Being Dramatic
"Life with masks is suprisingly comfortable"
"Masks also keep out bad odors, like cigarette smoke. It also helps when you're on public transit with a bunch of other people"
"I think I'd rather have no masks than masks, but I do see some benefits for them even when this pandemic is over."
"I haven't gotten sick in almost two years, not even a cold. And they really don't impede life much. I've gone to work with them in, flown with them on, shopped, even done super intensive workouts with them on."
"I think when this pandemic is over, I'll where them whenever I'm sick, or in public transportation."
It's hard to recall what we thought of our fellow man before the pandemic fell on us. Did we think we were all a little bit smarter? Because after this past year and a half, it's certainly become obvious many people should go back to school.
Will Not Even Do The Bare Minimum
"Some people won't do the bare minimum to help others."
"I was thinking the same thing. I was shocked to see how selfish and inconsiderate some people are out there."
"Yes I didnt know that people could be so stubborn, selfish, and inconsiderate until this pandemic, you tell people to do one thing for the safety of others, and they fight it tooth and nail"
That's The End Of That Expression
"People don’t actually avoid things like the plague."
"I have rights." - "Way too many people"
"They do have rights. What they lack is common sense and proper interpretation of those rights."
I Read It On "Totally Real News Dot Com"
"Anti-intellectualism runs far deeper than previously imagined."
"I thought it was 5% of the population. Turns out it closer to 30%."
Because Science Is Hard
"That most people have no actual idea how viruses and science works"
Wearing It Like A Giant Red Flag
"Some people will do whatever they can to showcase to the world how sh-tty they are."
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We Never Needed To Know Who This Man Was
"Dr. Anthony Fauci. He's been one of the country's top medical scientists for decades. Most people never heard of him till trump brought him out into the spotlight to take part in his song-and-dance."
Not everything we learned helped us.
Sometimes, what we learned were the worst kind of lessons of all.
We Didn't Have To Grind Ourselves Into The Ground
"There could have been a work life balance a long time ago."
"Work from home is possible even in the worst time (a pandemic)."
"Imagine you could’ve worked from home and still met all your friends and family, celebrated together, went to bars and clubs."
"Work life balance would have been way better and digital meetings way more accepted."
We Could Have Left Sooner
"At my job I thought I was irreplaceable. That if I took a day off it would all come crumbling down. Turns out nope. I quit and they replaced me almost immediately like I wasn’t even there at all."
"Don’t let your natural desire to fit in and contribute take away from what really matters."
Rather Than Believe The Truth...
"That people really like conspiracies. Seriously many people who i know have either started believing them or began to believe them even more. And now it's impossible to talk with them. Not that i want to talk with people like them."
Anything To Keep Hold
"Many people in power care more about appeasing their base than they do about actual science and public health."
"For many people, death is an acceptable outcome if you are old or have a preexisting condition, even if it could have been prevented with minor inconvenience to yourself."
"Just how dependent the USA is on China based on the supply chain situation l."
"I mean, I think we knew about this years ago but I really feel that people are starting to realize just how dependent the USA is on China for goods."
Maybe Disaster Movies Are More Accurate Than We Thought
"That the world is not prepared for any kind of disasters"
"And that the government and police aren't reliable to help."
"Especially not here in America. Our infrastructure is woefully lacking in many areas."
"I suppose that's what happens when corporations more-or-less monopolize and run the country."
"That all movies about pandemics/zombie outbreaks/world disasters are even more unrealistic if a large portion of the population is not in denial that it is actually happening."
"I think that's why Game of Thrones really struck a nerve. It opens with a zombie attack then spends several books/seasons focusing on governments who think the zombies aren't real and that it's isn't something to worry about. I remember trying to get into the Shannara Chronicles, but as soon as the heroes told the king awful event imminent, and the king was like "We'll hatch a plan and stop this immediately," I tuned out."
Some People...That's The Biggest Takeaway. Some. People...
"We'll never achieve herd immunity to COVID-19 if ~30% of people refuse to get vaccinated. It's not that we didn't know high immunization rates were needed, it was the flat out refusal to get the shot by a large portion of society that was an unknown."
"Some people would rather die than be considerate human beings. It's extremely disappointing and disheartening"
Perhaps the biggest lesson we can all keep: Try to be a better person after all this. Help your fellow man and understand that there's more than just you in the world.
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No one can deny that the first year or so of the global pandemic was a difficult time for everyone.
In addition to the fact that people had to remain home, and limit all communication with friends and family through phone and video chat, people had to adjust to working or studying from home, and be on their guard when out and about in public.
But now, just over two years later and as things seem to be easing back to normal, one can now look back on these difficult years and realize the many lessons we as a society have learned.
Some might fill our hearts with hope and optimism and others which might infuriate us for the rest of our lives.
Redditor Affectionate-Ad1060 was curious to hear all the lessons, the good and the bad, people otherwise might not have learned were it not for the pandemic, leading them to ask:
"What is the most important lesson learnt from Covid-19?"
Healthcare needs fixing.
"Healthcare needs an overhaul."- Toxic_Politician
We could have been better prepared
"When the sh*t really hits the fan, we're f*cked."- idkijustlikememesetc
We overestimated people's concepts of basic decency.
"That it wouldn’t take much for civilized people to turn on each other."- hindmaja
"Most grown adults are nasty and have to be reminded to wash their hands."- shantyirish13
"People are sh*ttier than I expected."- WhitePhatAss
Cherish every moment
"You should take the time to spend with those you love."- idontworktomorrow
Nothing wrong with a little alone time every now and then.
"How comfortable I seriously am with just myself."- equidistant_life
"Bold of you to assume we’ve learned anything."- Airsoft07
Don't give in to vices.
"Alcohol doesn’t improve my life."
" t just feels good for a moment."
"9 months sober!"- bugaboo2013·
Major differences between city life and country life.
"The biggest take away I can come up with is how under serviced rural areas are."
"The local grocery store can’t offer curb side pick up, door dash doesn’t exist here, all the answers for what we should do in a pandemic aren’t feasible where there’s only 500 people."- medicff
It's necessary now and then to stop and reflect, something we all had plenty of time to do in the early months of the pandemic.
And though some major problems became more apparent, which we still need to continue working on, one can also appreciate that maybe the pandemic was the great big reset button the world needed to improve the many things which were otherwise being overlooked.
Here's hoping we remain proactive in continuing to make the world a better place.
OnlyFans was a groundbreaking step in content creation, allowing content creators to earn funds and tips directly from their subscribers.
And though not created expressly with this intention, it has proven hugely popular among both professional and amateur sex workers and porn performers.
So much so, that a threat to ban all adult entertainment from OnlyFans in August of 2021 was immediately squashed six days later.
Not having to be a professional has resulted in countless people creating and OnlyFans page as a side hustle, no doubt also taking it as an opportunity to explore a part of themselves they otherwise might not be brave enough to.
Others, however, are far too intimidated to even think about creating an OnlyFans page.
Curious to hear what might be stopping them, Redditor Sense_Conscious took the opportunity to find out by taking to Reddit to ask:
"What’s stopping you from having an OnlyFans?"
One of the hardest things to do in life is to stick to a budget. No matter how well you plan and how determined you are, you always seem to overspend a little.
Usually, this is a result of certain items being overpriced. Between run-of-the-mill inflation and shortage of goods, and the addition of pandemic-related inflation and shortage of goods, several items have been marked up.
In addition to goods, events and services are costing more as well.
The worst part is a lot of the stuff that is overpriced are actually items that people can't stop buying. People can't stop overspending if they aren't able to stop buying.
Curious about what overpriced items people keep buying, Redditor Sxzym asked:
"What's something that's way too overpriced, but people still keep buying?"
An Awful Business That's Always Needed
"Just throw me in the trash."
"I’m thinking about starting a business as a funeral planner. I know it sounds like a stand up bit, but I’m serious."
"It’s not like the average person understands the business, the rules and regulations, and the prices."
"So essentially, you’re making thousands of dollars worth of decisions while you’re an emotional wreck. Plus everyone is trying to squeeze extra money out of you by gaslighting you into thinking you’re a cheapskate that doesn’t care about your dead loved one."
"I go in not knowing the family nor the deceased and I certainly don’t give two sh*ts if a funeral director thinks I’m being cheap."
"The only thing that sucks is I would have to get paid too, so that would kind of ruin the whole point. So part of me just wants to volunteer my efforts."
"I just really hate when people get bent over and put in debt after losing someone. It’s so disgusting."
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"This one hits home. Everytime my mother buys a pack of ciggies and bitches about the rising costs but absolutely refuses to try the MUCH cheaper alternative which is vaping, the same device she seen me quit cigs on lol."
"I feel this lol"
"I’ve had issues with other addictions in the past and managed to kick the bad ones but haven’t been able to quit smoking."
"At 2 packs a day with the price being between 6-8$, that we will call 7 is about 5k a year and I’m about a decade into this so I’ve depend around 50k on cigarettes in my life."
"Fast food. Gone are the days of the dollar menu"
"F*ckin fast food man, McD’s is expensive as sh*t now a days."
"Fast food. I see lines of cars in just about every joint I drive past. Spending who knows how much money on one meal that has no nutrients. I spend the same amount on food that will provide me three meals, with nutrients that will help me through my week."
"Insulin. It's like they need it to live or something. Lol."
"Inhalers too. So ridiculous it's not like I'm choosing to not breathe"
"Not to start a phone war, but i myself think that Apple products in general are way too expensive."
"I might be wrong on this but it seems like every time they come out with a new iPhone all they add is a bit more battery life and a few better camera features when they’ve already had an excellent camera since iPhone X and 11 because that was the whole gimmick of those devices but they keep adding more camera stuff and then slap on a hundred more to the price."
The Essentials Of Eating
"Grubhub/Uber eats/door dash, etc"
"And when you have small children at home, thus making you unable or unwilling (depending on the circumstance) to just run out and pick up the food yourself, you wind up using then FAR more often than you should."
The Completely Necessary
"Insurance I mean, it's necessary, but still..."
"Women's hygiene products."
"It should be dirt cheap, if not free."
"Water. Should never have to pay for it."
"Bottled water - obviously only where safe, clean drinking water is available from the tap."
"Our tap water at our apartment tastes like dirt so we usually get a 24 pack and go through it in about 2 weeks. We always get the store brand, though. Never name brand."
Fulfilling The Food Groups
"pre-sliced fruits and veggies at the store. The markup is insane on those things lol"
"In Tennessee a whole watermelon is $4.99. Also, 1/4 of a watermelon is $4.99."
"I hate myself a little every time I buy pre chopped veggies but damn it if they aren't worth it when my arthritis flares."
Learn A Lot
"College education after associates."
"University or college education"
"The American Dream."
Ouch. That's a harsh reality!
There are so many life lessons we learn way too late.
One of the biggest is that life itself is not as difficult as we chose to make it.
Humans always seem to take the long road.
Maybe that's just life.
Maybe it's meant to be arduous until we learn to think smarter not harder.
Redditor rectangularbearwanted to have a chat about the aspects of life we all wish we could've experienced a little easier.
"What's a life lesson you learned the hard way?"
I have nothing to add. I only know how to make anything and everything hard.
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"Don't fall too fast for someone."
"That's why it's called falling."
"High expectations are prone to leading to disappointment. This applies to all things, but personally, I find that it applies to people the most."
"I messed up with this big time. Talked me ex fiancé up like she was an angel straight for heaven. Turned out to be the Devil wearing Prada. Had to walk into church by myself looking straight busted when everyone found out my 'angel' dumped me."
"Go to the dentist. Teeth don't heal, they only get worse."
"I know a guy who can’t understand why he can’t get a girlfriend. All of his teeth are rotted and discolored except one. Idk about anyone else, but to me that’s worse than just having no teeth at all. Idk if he realizes how much worse bad teeth can make you look."
"Just because someone is family doesn't mean they will not screw you over."
"I too am among some of the many who have learned this the hard way. Foolish me experienced this time and time again before I finally realized that I have friends who have made better family than any of the blood related members of my life."
"I really hate the 'Family is everything' mentality some people espouse, as if the accident of blood relation excuses or entitles someone to abusive, manipulative behavior."
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"Don’t settle, and if you get the vibe someone is settling for you, end it. Loneliness isn’t half as bad when compared to heartbreak."
"Regretting that single Tinder swipe after dating a paranoid for 11 months now, scared as hell for what could go wrong if I dump her."
Love is one of the most difficult things ever. Why so?
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"That when my Uncle says 'I won't bail you out of jail' what he actually means is 'I won't bail you out of jail.' Who'd have thought."
You got You!
"Nobody is gonna watch out for you, like you."
"I saw something the other day written by another foster parent that said 'I became the kind of person I wish would've saved me when I was a kid.' Punched me right in the feels because it's absolutely true, for me anyway."
"Don't set yourself on fire to keep other people warm."
"Woah. This is all I've needed. I will never be the same. I will never think the same. I swear my life will only get better from here on. Such a simple sentence. Didn't think a reddit comment had the capacity to change my life so much. Obviously you haven't invented the phrase, but thank you for your comment."
"Don't give up on something without even trying. Even if you are convinced you will fail. In life, no one will do it for you, you have to do it yourself."
"Yes. And don’t gauge your potential on your self-confidence. Even if you feel there’s no way you can do something, and even if you fail miserably on your first try, keep trying. You’d be amazed at how many people who got good at something but started out as the worst at it."
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"Trust your gut when friends do bad things. It’s ok to leave relationships."
Life doesn't have to be so hard. Why do we make it so?