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People Share The Best Thing They Ever Bought For Themselves

People Share The Best Thing They Ever Bought For Themselves

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**Money is a strange necessity for life. It buys cars, homes, educations, vacations, food, shelter, clothing and... life in general. There are so many ways for one to spend money. And no matter how much you have there are two things you should always find a way to to put a little aside for. You should always splurge a little on yourself and you should always find a way to help others. Both will make you feel better as a human being. **

Redditor __honorhealnurture _*asked *_The best $7.50 I have ever spent...What's the best money you have ever spent?


So, I walked into a Safeway today to find some Greek God yogurt, the honey variety and I stopped at the deli. A lady was waiting there. She looked to be an impoverished little elderly black woman (I am not being classist, or ageist or sexist or racist here, I just like to visually paint pictures) anyway, she said she had been waiting for 45 minutes and no one would wait on her. When they finally did, she asked the price of an egg roll and the fried wontons. It was evident she didn't have much. Finally in frustration, she said, "Forget it," and started to leave. That just felt so wrong. I called out, "Stop, stop, you can't leave, come back here. Pick your dinner out. I'll buy it." It came to a mere $7.50 or so. The thought of someone walking home hungry, feeling broke and mistreated just felt so wrong. I told her that I had just sold a book and the meal was no big deal. She asked about the book and I told her about my friend, Darryl's cancer and how it was important to get it done to honor what a gift he is to me and how much I love him. She said that her husband had cancer. We walked out and I grabbed her a copy of the book and signed it for her. She said she had a book she was working on. She hugged me and said, "I love you." For a mere $7.50 I got an _"I love you," _from a stranger. Best $7.50 I have spent in a long time.


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I go to this noodle and bubble tea shop near my apartment about once a week. The food is affordable and I basically drink water or tea, so what the hell, right? Last Thursday while I was drawing some things in my sketchbook as I ate, the two girls next to me had a third friend arrive, late, seemingly upset. She then went on and on about how bad her life has been lately. How nothing since the new year has gone right for her. How her thesis is in trouble (so a senior in college?) and how this is the last time she can go out with friends (A noodle shop?) for the next four months. It might be a little bit dramatic to others, but you can tell she was unhappy and that's what I picked up. I felt like, _"Nothing good has happened since the new year? That needs to stop." So when I paid my bill, I went up to the waitress and mumbled to her so the girls didn't hear, _"Let me pay for her drink."The waitress was confused, "I overheard her talking and she seems unhappy, so let me pay for her drink." "Oh...Okay?" "I think she got the taro flavor?"Finally the waitress follows, tells me to pay about $4.50. I do so, and leave as fast as possible so they don't know what I did. Fast forward to the following Tuesday, I go back to the noodle shop for my weekly visit, I'm sketching again and then I get a tap on my shoulder. A girl starts complimenting my drawings and asks about me. She then goes, "Were you here last Thursday?" I pause, "Yeah?" "I was sitting with my friends next to you when you were here."I was startled cause I never expected to get a response,"Uh... Yeah." "You paid for my friend's drink?" "Oh, yeah. She said something like how nothing good happened this year for her and I felt like that needed to change a bit."She replied, \_"Well you made her day." _I always expected to be anonymous, but it was still nice to have confirmation that she felt better. I will do more random things like this in the future.


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I was like 17 years old and was working part time at a local packing store for like a year... Not making much just enough to by myself a new computer after all that time. Well my mom is talking to my dad and grandma, I overhear them asking my grandma for money because my dad who is a construction worker, wasn't getting a lot of work at the time. They needed money for house payment.

Well I decide to put the money in my mom's saving bottle. It was like 300 something. I remember her calling my grandma saying she had found money and didn't need to borrow any. Made me feel good I could repay them for raising me and keeping a roof over my head.

4 years later... I'd do it over again in a second.


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Went into a dollar store once and saw these really small colored pocket knifes, I thought heck for 1 dollar it must come in handy at least once, so I buy a green one, next day walking in a park, I saw a group of children huddled around some flowers, I walk by and realized they looked to be troubled, I get near and first thing I noticed it was a class of young down syndrome students, and they were all looking at a small chipmunk entangled in this hexagonal plastic gardening net. the little fella was really screwed no way he was getting out of that one. Then it hit me "HEY! I have a new pocket knife!" so I got close, took off my socks first, to use as a mitten and hold him steady, wouldn't want the little guy to bite me and then I proceeded to cut him loose. I believe it was the first act of heroism those young kids saw in person, they were really impressed.

Best buck I've spent.


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I had a friend of the family fall into hard times, yet would flat out refuse any money from anyone. I went to the store and loaded up on diapers, wipes, shampoo, and a gift card for food, and left it on her doorstep. She still doesn't know who did it, and I couldn't care less. She was very thankful.


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I think this is another one of those "see title, come in to comment, read OP's story, feel ashamed" times. Giant thanks to you for doing what you did, that was incredibly selfless.

I found a stray dog right outside my apartment a few years ago. She was a little Westie, and her white fur was so dirty I didn't even recognize the breed at first. I took her home, bathed her, and went to the store to get her something to eat. I spent $11 on dog food, some treats, and a squeaky toy. I took pictures and posted them on craigslist, livejournal, the local newspaper, and anywhere else I could think of. A lady that lived almost 50 miles away from me called three days later, in tears. She explained that she was pretty sure it was her dog, Lucy, that I had found. She asked if the dog would respond to that name. I called it out, and Lucy went mad barking and dancing around.

She came over the next day, and the sheer joy on her face to see her dog was worth the $11 I spent on caring for it for a few days. Apparently, her dog had been missing for almost two months and she'd just given up hope that she would be found alive. Eight weeks and 50 miles later, little Lucy was nearly shivering with excitement to see her mom again.


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Every morning I go to Bigfoot Java here in Renton. It's literally the highlight of my day, one of the few things I wake up and look forward to. The same two baristas work the M-F morning shift, so I see them often.

A few days ago, Seattle just got hit with a big snowstorm and the power was out. Freezing and miserable. I went in to work, because I had nothing better to do and I drive a beast of a vehicle. On my way in, I pulled up to Bigfoot... it was pretty clear they had no power, but both baristas were sitting there, bundled up and freezing their asses off. This isn't a Starbucks, it's a coffee stand that is basically a closet. They explained they were closed, but had to stay there because the company prides itself on "never closing". Weird. Anyway, I left thinking damn... that blows.

So I drove 15 minutes to Kent, picked up two hot chocolates and a few apple pies from McDonald's (one of the only places open after the snow) and brought it to them. The smile made it worth the 10 bucks, 30 minute round trip, and being late for a meeting.

Not the best money I've ever spent, but the best money I've spent recently.


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Found about 20 bucks in a store parking lot when I was about 13. Me and my dad were pretty poor at this point. Hell, we didn't even have a home. We were secretly sleeping where he worked.

I probably should have just given him the money but I wanted to surprise him. So I walked down to the and bought a few pints of Haagen-dazs (my dad's favorite icecream) and then walked down to where he was working. He took a 30 minute break and we sat outside eating it, just chatting about the world and how we fit into it. It really was one of the best memories I have from that time. From that point on I'd try to scrounge up little bits of money to buy us treats like candy, cups of noodles, ice-cream, or whatever I could manage. Just so I could sit and talk to my dad in between his 15 hour work shifts.

So, whoever lost that 20 dollars - Thank you. Those were dark times, and little moments of happiness like that is what got us through it.


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My girlfriend at the time, and I drove to Las Vegas on a whim. As we got closer I joked about getting married while we were there, she called me on my bluff. The next morning we had breakfast, got our marriage application and went to the Chapel By The Courthouse. For $40 we got a no frills, no pictures, 5 minute ceremony by a pastor (wrong word maybe?) by glasses so thick I could see his soul in his eyes. I got married in jeans and a t-shirt to my beautiful wife wearing jeans and a tank top. We drove back home to a friend's house to enjoy carrot cake and bottle of Martinelli's sparkling cider from a grocery store. 8 years later it's still the best $40 I ever spent.


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While summering it up in Europe my sophomore year of high school, alone, I came across a homeless man with a dog pretty late at night in some British back street (I was walking back from an American friend's friend's parents' house to the hostel I was staying at). Anyway, the man was holding his dog in his arms, and it looked like they were both trying to catch some sleep. Without even knowing what I was doing, I walked across the street to a convenience store and bought a deli sandwich, a can of wet dog food, and a carton of milk. I went back to the alley where they were both still sleeping and quietly set everything next to the man. Right as I was exiting the other end of the alley, I faintly heard him yell after me "_God bless your soul young man," _and he started audibly crying to himself. I got pretty teary, but didn't turn around and just nodded my head instead. To this day, that was the best money I have ever spent.


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There was a girl on a the stair well down to the 8th L ave stop. I had been recently meeting my old boss at Soho house for lunches with clients and so over a span of three weeks I saw people mistreat and jeer her, not give her any money. I had finally gotten paid, made rent and had some extra cash from over time. I had a 100 dollar bill in my wallet, I knew it was either going to go to booze or drugs so I whipped it out, put it in my coat pocket and sat down next to the girl. We got to talking, she had moved out to NYC after she had received her degree and was laid off. She had a co-worker who was much higher on the food chain who was sexually harassing her. She complained, they needed him more than he, she was let go. Quickly her bills stacked up, her parents had just moved and being on the streets had her phone stolen. She was completely alone, after talking to her for a little while I realized she wasn't on drugs nor an alcoholic but just a person who needed a little compassion. I reached into the pocket and gave her the 100 dollar bill. She was floored, didn't know how to handle it and was torn between not wanting to accept such a large hand out and realizing how much it could do for her. She accepted it, about a few weeks later I see a girl at grand central in new clothes and looking like she was heading to a job and she looks familiar, we exchange the do I know you glance, her face lights up and she comes running over and plants a huge hug and a kiss of the cheek on me. She explains she was the girl in the sub way. The 100 bucks bought her a room at a crappy hotel and interview clothes. She was able to find a job and was now looking for sublets. She turned her whole situation around, which I knew she would be able to do. She said no one had ever been so kind to her. She tried to get my phone number to call me to pay me back, I said it was not necessary, the hug was thanks enough. I asked if she got in contact with her folks and she said she called them and was able to reconnect and they helped her out too. She was on her way to reclaiming her life, best money I have ever spent.


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I had the chance to travel to rural Indonesia a few years ago

The group I was with encountered an extremely impoverished family that were sleeping on the footpath, they were all filthy and looked like they hadn't eaten a decent meal in some time. As we walked past the mother woke up (a mate accidentally bumped her) we pooled together 1 million rupiah (roughly Australian $100) and gave it to her, she literally broke down in tears and explained to us that she would be able to feed herself and her children for a long time. it felt nice to be able to help someone, I felt a bit guilty about not doing it more.


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I was in india several years ago. my dad and i went to a mountain community called Matheran. they pride themselves in being remote and relatively uninfringed upon by modern advances in technology. Its a quaint and rather beautiful tourist destination. the main draw is to watch the sunset over the mountains from a cliff. we get there through some unpaved path in the woods, out to the open cliff area, lots of people there and before the sun finishes setting most people left. we thought,"they missed the best part!!" of course, we soon found out why.. we are now alone.. left without a flashlight or guide to traverse back through the woods with a thick enough canopy to drown out the moon light. steep cliff drop on both sides as this was a little jutting arm area we went to.. really stupid. we are linking arms with each other, taking small steps very slowly; in case one slips, hopefully the other will catch them. we miraculously come across a lone shack in the woods that has a lamp outside, dirt floors, no door. we ask the lady of the house if she has some sort of flash light or match or candle; anything that will help us see our way back because we are literally walking blind. she goes into the one room house. a little boy appears in the open door way; a dingy shirt, no pants, not even underpants, no shoes. the lady comes out with a glass jar containing oil and a wick.. she had fashioned this from the items in her house.. we offered her money (yes, take all the money) and sincere flabbergasted gratuity, and she flat out refused (the $). she said her payment is knowing we would get home safely with her help. this happened 13 years ago. to this day i still cant tell you what that exchange felt like; i can't put into words the magnitude of the fullness of my heart and the accompanying humility. and i have never since felt such goodness and kindness, especially from someone who, to me, appeared to have so little and wanted nothing in return.


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One time, after a night of drinking, I bought 50 dollars worth of moon pies directly from the manufacturer. Came out to 12 boxes of 12 mini moon pies. Totally forgot about it until they were sitting on my doorstep a week later.


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Expedia had a promo code for $300 off any flight/hotel package to New York, Cancun, or Vegas. Round trip to Vegas including a night at a hotel ended up only being ~$340. With the promo code, it ended up being a $40 round trip. Best impulse decision ever.


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I used to work at Walmart in Michigan 5 years ago, we used to get migrant workers come in to pick fruit over the summer...this one lady always came in with her kids, always bought the necessary stuff like bread, milk, baby food, formula....and always never had enough for everything. She always put some things back, which always just seemed to embarrass her and upset her, which I understood.

One year I got audited by the IRS, and my tax return was held up for what seemed like forever, I eventually got my $4,500 deposited into my I had some money to spend for the summer. So I am at work, I am called upfront to the check outs, I see the same Mexican lady with her 3 small kids, one is a baby...I was called up to put back stuff she could not afford, was not much, maybe $40 of baby formula and baby food and bread and milk but she looked REALLY upset saying in broken English 'I need to feed my baby'.

So I asked the cashier the amount of everything with the stuff she put back added to it, it was $70...I just pulled out my wallet and paid for it, added some candy for the little ones too, she cried and kept thanking me, I felt that she deserved some help, people always needed it. for that whole summer she made a point to come and see me at work, and the kids always said thank you every time too, totally worth it.


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I was working retail around the Christmas season and we didn't have plastic bags - for $0.50 or $0.75 for the bigger size, you could get a reusable cloth bag. Most people just bitched about having to pay for a bag to put their stuff in. I hated asking people if they needed a bag, but the good part was the money went to a charity that helped kids go to Disneyland who had physical and mental challenges.

One day in particular, one woman started yelling at me when we had a long line-up and blaming me for not having a plastic bag for her. She said she wouldn't donate the money to the charity, but I should give her the bag. Keep in mind, her purchase was over $90, and it was only 50 cents that she would be out.

The woman in line behind her quietly spoke up. She had a son who was terminally ill and she was in the store buying things in anticipation of their trip to Disney the next week. She was granted the trip through the Make a Wish foundation. She was in tears, telling us about how wonderful strangers are, and how their change makes a difference to people like her. She has practically lived at the hospital for three years and because of the kindness of strangers, they were going on a trip. She explained that while we donate money to cancer research, these kids need to have something wonderful in their life right now. They spend their time going through pain, and enduring things most adults wouldn't have the gumption to face. She finished by saying that our charity helps parents and kids enjoy something in a life where they have TRUE struggle. She wanted to donate $20 to our charity, and leave the bag with us.

The woman who had been yelling at me was embarrassed, and left the store in a hurry. Everyone in line behind the woman with the ill child (and me!) were crying. Everyone in line donated a minimum of $10 to our charity.

50 cents can change someone's life.


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One time I was walking behind a store and a homeless man asked me for some money so I gave hime like 10 bucks so he could get some dinner. A couple of weeks later I was about to be mugged and the homeless guy scared the guys away.


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I spent approximately $20 on a few Japanese Drawing pens for my Autistic Son. He doesn't really socialize with the anyone. He doesn't talk much either. When he got the pens he started drawing cartoons... he now draws cartoons every day and we both sit down and laugh our asses off reading them. Changed his life I believe. He has agreed to let me post them on a website to share with the World... Best money I ever spent.


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My grandmother is on a fixed income (aren't most?) Around her 80th birthday I had just received a new job and a HUGE income bump and I took her to Scotland (her birth country) for a week. I didn't get to do anything like get drunk in pubs or go hiking. But I did get to spend a week with my grandmother taking her to places she remembered as a child, visiting with her distant relatives, and learning about the history of my family. It was worth every penny spent.

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!

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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?"


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"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."



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"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.