Quitting your job, ideally, should be something done with forethought and planning. It's a career shift that can take months, if not years to make and that "minimally requires" two weeks notice.
Now ... you and I both know we absolutely do not live in an "ideal" world and sometimes sh*t happens.
Reddit user Broad_post-6496 asked:
Spoiler alert: It pretty much boils down to terrible bosses.
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"I worked at a dry cleaners when I was in high school."
"The owner refused to turn the heat on in the middle of winter. She literally locked the thermostat with a key and I had to wear my winter jacket inside the whole shift. It got to the point where I could see my breath inside."
"After this happening multiple times, I called my city's health department to 'anonymously' report unsafe work conditions."
"Health inspector came that day and did a full inspection. Ended up writing multiple violations (fire hazards, unsafe worker conditions, etc.) which all came with a hefty fine."
"I was fully aware the owner would watch the cameras and see me giving the inspector a full tour. I never came back after that day and don't feel bad at all." - ta1234560
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"The wide spread nepotism and narcissism."
"As a result, I'll never work for another family-owned business ever again, especially if they promote themselves as being a 'family-like' working environment."
"It just amounts to a lot of unpaid overtime, requests severely outside of your job description, and lots of begging for a minimal raise while the family members get fat checks." - ThatReaperGuy
"To avoid arbitration, our company's HR representative sent out a poll to unrelated departments asking them to 'vote' on the next admin assistant. The choice was between two women."
"The woman who 'won' was the HR rep's best friend." - LudwigWhitecollar
"I just assume everywhere that says they have a 'family-like' workplace means a highly dysfunctional and toxic family lol."
"No thanks. I've got my own family to deal with, I'd rather not add yours." - CappuccinoBoy
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"Not getting a raise."
"The 'seniors' that knew less and used me as a resource 24/7 for their important client meetings were all making $20k above me. I was also assigned the more technical and hard assignments."
"I asked for a raise and outlined why it was deserved. Boss said I made good points but his 'hands were tied' and I needed to 'Wait til annual reviews and we'll see what we can do.' "
"I put my two weeks in on the spot."
"Within 6 months all my peers, except for one person, were gone."
"Their reasoning? 'We knew if they wouldn't take care of YOU there was no way they'd do anything for us.' "
"They saw how little company valued an employee they heavily relied on, and decided they had no future there." - technical-reality-39
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"Once upon a time I was working as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut. My boss, F*cking Dennis, liked to say that he didn't have to go to college because he went to Pizza Hut University. Yeah, he was THAT GUY."
"I had an old truck that was having some issues and I couldn't deliver pizza. He told me to let him know when I had a working vehicle and he would put me back on the schedule."
"This was right around the Super Bowl."
"He wrote me up for not showing up the day of the game. Another week goes by and he says if I can't show up, he's gonna terminate me."
"At this point, I had just managed to buy a used car and luck would have it, I found a much higher paying job. So I go in and tell him that I'm going to put in my two weeks."
"He replies, 'You got fired the moment your truck stopped working.' and hands me a piece of paper I have to sign to get my last tiny bit of pay."
"It says I was negligent, blah, blah, blah. So I rewrite it and say that he told me to call him when my truck was fixed."
"He flips out and almost comes to blows with me. So I call the general manager and tell him the whole story."
"Sad ending - Dennis lies and gets promoted. F*ck you Dennis; and your stupid dumb mustache." - jimmygibbler
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"In my case it was executives that drove me out."
"Managers were tolerable. My Local leadership was fine. Middle management could be at times Micro-managing but tolerable."
"It was when an Executive VP was calling me to yell at me cause he didn't like something I said in an Email to another employee - an email which this VP nor his staff were involved in. Guess they actually do go through all our Emails."
"That call is what made me start resenting that place. It showed such a lack of trust or respect and exactly how incompetent those execs were if they were spending their time reading low level employees emails rather than literally anything else." - AWACS_Bandog
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"I called my boss from the hospital to let her know I'd been rushed in because I stopped breathing and turned blue."
"I explained that I was, at that moment, sitting with a cannula in my nose and hooked up to multiple machines, which I know she heard because they kept going off because my oxygen was low and I was tachycardic."
"She yelled at me about how disrespectful it was for me to call in two hours before my shift, after I'd worked 12-14 hr days for three months straight. I hung up and emailed her my letter of resignation right then."
"I was a teacher at the time so taking abuse was a normal part of my routine, but I couldn't do it anymore."
"I had bruises from my students, I was so sick I couldn't move (they had to take me for imaging at one point and they had to transfer me onto the MRI bed because I couldn't lift myself), I was coming home in tears every day and dreading going to work."
"The hospital released me saying they couldn't find evidence of anything to explain why I couldn't breathe. I was at another hospital less than a week later where they found 'severe acute bronchitis.' My lungs were almost completely white on the image (which apparently means BAD)."
"I ended up with pneumonia a couple months later and I'm pretty sure it's because bronchitis went on for three months with no treatment because I couldn't get time out of the classroom to see a doctor."
"I'm an office admin now for a construction company and I'm 100% happier." - itsbadtonight
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"It's been bad bosses time after time."
"1st job - they stopped giving me hours to force me to quit."
"2nd job - boss got involved in my personal life and told me if I didn't apologize to a friend of hers, I'd have no more hours."
"3rd job - Company went bust, but I stayed til the last day when the doors closed for the last time because that's how I work."
"4th job - I was severely over worked and underpaid. I was trained as a receptionist and still expected to do that while taking over for a contracts administrator - with almost no training. Oh and all the IT work too. No pay raises despite doing 3 jobs."
"5th job - still here :) Hopefully I'll get to stay a while." - InnocenceBlue
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"One, the 80 hour work weeks."
"Two, the 2 hour commute, and after having proven that I'm efficient AF working from home, still refusing to convert my position to a fully work from home one."
"But the final straw was my boss's boss's inability to promote me. When there was a vacancy at my boss's level, I worked my a$$ off and had more-than-proved that I could do my boss's job."
"Even so, when I applied for the position, I was told 'You're invaluable, but only so far as helping us hire the person goes.' Meaning: you're amazing at what you do, but you don't kiss our butt nearly as much as you should, so suck it."
"Joke's on them. I found a job that pays 40% more, is completely work from home AND at the level of my boss's boss. Exactly where I should have been. Who's sucking it now?" - sortitall6
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"My boss constantly micromanaging my toilet breaks."
"Switched jobs where, surprise, boss doesn't give care about toilet breaks as long the work is in his inbox by the time he asked for it."
"Strange thing, now that I think about it... I don't really know WHAT my old boss wasn't happy about other than the fact that I went to the toilet occasionally and didn't respond within a minute after he messaged me."
"I mean, I still did all the reports he wanted within the time he wanted it, I joined all the weekend overtimes during crunch (also not during crunch)... Guess he just wasn't happy that he employed somebody who had a bladder." - TheDoorDoesntWork
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"My boss started dating my mom."
"We all worked for the same company, but my mom at a different location. Co-workers suddenly assumed I was getting special treatment- many left the location, always leaving us short staffed."
"Anytime my Mom or my Boss were fighting, my Boss would have a massive attitude change towards me and be cruel. I had a mental breakdown because of it."
"She made me work more doubles, too, and I missed a few therapy appointments (that she was very aware of) and didn't come to work for a few days, so she took me off the schedule. Had to get back on medications during this time."
"Asked her to place me back on the next week; she called me in one morning because someone quit, so I went in to cover with her. It was such a depressing morning working with her."
"She was so nasty to me for the two hours I had been there, then she sent me home because my 'attitude sucks.' I asked her to transfer me to a new location, but she told me that she didn't want another manager to deal with my mental problems because they're too problematic, so she refused my transfer request."
"I quit on her after she gave me 5 doubles for the next week, forcing her to work them all."
"I tried to complain to the district manager about my experiences working with her, but nothing happened because they didn't have anyone to fill her position." - AstronomicalArtisan
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"The company never really cared about its US branch, and always showed blatant favoritism towards the Singapore office."
"The CEO was toxic, and would always complain that we didn't work hard enough, and that he wanted everyone to work 9-9, and would mandate it for the US offices if he could."
"I saw the writing on the wall when they stopped hiring replacements in the US office. The last straw was when they said that we were no longer using C# for our software, despite the fact that it's what all the developers specialized in, and what all our software was written in."
"Apparently, the .NET runtime was just too much of a hassle to deal with, so we were switching to C++/JS effective immediately. There was some backpedaling when they realized how long it would take to migrate some of our larger services from C# to C++ (I guess they thought it would be a straight-port or something?)"
"Anyway, it was a good idea to jump ship. 6 months after I left that (during Christmas time) that they announced they were closing the US office, and moving all development to Singapore/China." - VeloxFox
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"I was moving away for college."
"I actually left earlier than I'd originally planned because my coworkers started teasing me and being passive aggressive just because I was going to college and leaving them. I realized just how bitter they all were."
"I'm fortunate enough to get an education while they're spending their lives in a dead-end, minimum wage job, wasting all their money on booze and drugs. I'm glad I found out just how toxic a place that really was."
"It was a pit of misery, but I thought I at least had friends. I was fortunate enough to get out of it. If your wondering, it was just a local grocery store, but after working there I refuse to shop there anymore." - Arcinbiblo12
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"Worked at Wendy's - it was the first and only job I've ever quit. Nothing catastrophic, but they gave me like 4 hours a week during the summer when I requested more, and just stopped my training right in the middle of it."
"You're supposed to watch this series of videos; they start with basic stuff like food safety and sexual harassment, then go from there. Once I watched the one about manning the fry station they handed me a uniform and said 'ok get to work.' "
"I hadn't learned how to do anything else. Other employees rotated positions daily, making sandwiches and being at the register and whatnot."
"Quitting was frequent, and a lot of new hires came in during the brief time I worked there. I talked to them; they had all been trained on how to do everything."
"Not me. I spent my entire shift scooping fries and putting them in the containers, and they would yell at me because I wasn't fast enough."
"I had a panic attack once during a lunch rush and asked if I could go on break, they sent me home."
"It just was not worth the $15 per hour pay that was my sole motivation for accepting the job. Other duties were dull, but it's really demeaning to just scoop the whole shift." - chrisb0302
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"Spent 6 years recovering from a bad fall. Could have died. Nearly lost my leg. Still have almost constant severe pain."
"Boss was the CFO. I'm middle management."
"After a board meeting, my boss tells me I needed to 'improve how I sit in a chair and stop fidgeting.' I reminded the boss that I am disabled and fidget because I am trying not to scream in pain."
"Boss feigns regret, then essentially repeats the advice. Stop fidgeting."
"I live in a small town, so word gets around. This wasn't worth suing over; I just went to the nearest competitor, got hired, and dedicated myself to making my new company successful."
"New company CEO says I'm the best he's ever worked with. I apologized for being fidgety and he gave me the biggest 'so what?' look I've ever seen." - Powerful-Care-9964
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"With my last job, it was definitely my manager."
"She insisted on having very graphic, adult conversations about sex and stuff which I tried to avoid and when I did, she would be like, 'What's WRONG with you? What, are you some kind of prude?' "
"She was also very passive-aggressive when it came to my husband and our relationship. She once asked me about my husband's job, how many hours he worked, etc."
"When I told her, she said, 'Well if that was MY husband, and he worked THAT many hours, I would tell him to just get the f*ck out, because I need him to be home more than THAT!' "
"My husband had a 2hr commute every day at that time, and worked about 50 hrs a week. This didn't bother me one bit because that had been the case for most of our marriage up to that point."
"She also acted like it was a crime for us to go on vacation (gasp!) as much as we do (2-3X per year) because she was (when she wasn't at work) a 'travel agent' and didn't get to go anywhere."
"She also kind of acted like there was something inherently wrong with me because I only have one kid."
"My body just did not handle pregnancy particularly well, getting pregnant wasn't ever easy for me and the second (and last time) I got pregnant, I had a miscarriage."
"I had accepted at that point that I was only ever going to have one child and was (and am) mostly OK with that."
"She acted like how dare I only have one child, that my son was going to grow up to be some kind of weirdo psychopath because he didn't have any siblings."
"She was 100% directly the reason I quit." - knockmeyourlobes
Response after response - Reddit basically just gave us different takes on the old idea that people don't leave jobs, they leave bosses.
So ask yourself, what was the reason YOU quit? Was it a management issue? Sound off in the comments!
No one wants war.
Who is going to light the powder keg and set it all off?
Which country will start WW3? Why?
Does anyone really want to start another world war?
They may not have a choice in the matter.
Getting It Out Of The Way Early
"Austrian here, we will do it again probably, I would like to say sorry in advance! Most plausible reason at the moment is because Germans eat schnitzel with sauce on top, then this conflict will spiral out again into WW3."
"Third time's the charm!"
-Some Austrian, probably
Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo
"It'll be a civil war that devolves into a world war, with no one country clearly responsible for this change."
"But we'll blame it all on germany again, right"
Why I Oughtta...
"At this point, there are enough nukes in the world to ensure that a World War would simply result in nuclear annihilation on all sides. Say what you want about authoritarians like Xi Jinping, Kim Jung Un, and Ali Khameni, they are many things; but they're not suicidal. They know that an all out war would just end everyone, including them, so they're not going to. This is why the US and the USSR never went to all out war, despite coming close a few times; the risks were just too great for both sides."
"What could easily happen, however, is another cold war, this time between the US and China. And like in the Cold War, there could be proxy wars fought as a result of it, but it's unlikely that any country will take the insane risks of starting World War 3."
A full-blown world war is a tricky thing to get off the ground, that is if anyone wants it. The leading cause to impending war could come out of nowhere, or somewhere completely unexpected, or perhaps it will never come.
2-Day War Delivery
"Bruh its gunna be Amazon, not a country"
"Jeff Bezos finna be dropping Amazon basics nukes on us"
Can It Even Happen?
"I don't think the world can handle another world war. simply for the sake that we're all so interconnected. every major nation trades with each other and are in bed with each other. I would be a detriment to whatever country starts a war."
"Think about how the global supply chain has been impacted by the pandemic, the world would probably cease to function all together in a major conflict."
"There was a quote I liked, I think it was from Dan Carlin. He said that leading up to WWI Europe had become too economically entwined to go to war with itself, but none of the economists were invited to the war councils. The generals making the decisions didn't understand the situation so they made dumb decisions. The situation is undoubtably more-so interconnected today, the question is, do we have economists making the call on starting wars?"
A Little Humor Before We Get To The Serious Stuff...
"Probably America, I mean they made Wonder Woman 1 & 2, so highly likely they'd make WW3. At least start it. Not sure why someone else would finish it."
"No, they don't know how to count.. They jumped from WW1 to WW84."
Is it in the realm of possibility? Possibly.
After all, people will be people.
Anyone Else Surprised? No?
"America have a surplus of military might, a recent history of starting wars for profit, EVERYTHING is politicised and extreme nationalism and xenophobia are normalised within the populace. I'm going with them."
These All Feel Tangible
"My guesses would be 1) USA vs China over Taiwan or 2) China vs India (a lot on tension there that doesn't get a lot of news attention)"
"India-Pakistan and China-India are hot beds."
"India and Pakistan have been at war numerous times since their inception. 5 'official' wars and 9 minor skirmishes, to be exact. The last conflict ended with a ceasefire in 2003, but the last incident was a series of skirmishes along the Line of Control in Kashmir, from November 2020 to February 2021."
"Neither is capable of a full-fledged invasion of the other, so it's limited to border disputes. And while Pakistan does have nukes, it would be suicide to use them. There's no incentive for any other countries to get involved."
Going For It
"China making a move on Taiwan or some other land grab in India or other bordering countries."
An Infectious Idea
"India and Pakistan. It will spread to China, then North Korea (or North Korea first) and pull in many others in Asia. This will pull in NATO, either directly or via global partners (Australia)."
This One Makes WAY Too Much Sense
"Twitter. Someone will probably make a typo that everyone takes the wrong way..."
Well, what do you think could happen? Let us know in the comments.
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So let's talk about how a dog owner on Facebook learned her dog's "adorable" behavior was, in fact, furious masturbation.
Readers, if you know anything about me you know I love a good plot twist and I love chonky puppers.
Yesterday, life combined my two great loves in a hilarious and inappropriate way.
I was mindlessly scrolling through my dog groups on Facebook when a video with a few hundred laugh reacts but almost no comments caught my eye.
The still from the video was a pudgy little Frenchie, so obviously I had to read and watch.
The dogs owner shared the video along with a post asking professionals to shed some light on why he does what he does.
Owner-obliviousness as they gushed about how adorable it was made the awkward even better.
The owner explained the Frenchie often makes aggressive eye contact and licks his lips while he "plays air guitar"—which is what the family calls it—and how cute & funny they all find the behavior.
The video was the dog, casually chilling, using his paw to rub the tip of his penis while staring awkwardly at the camera and licking his lips like a pup possessed.
Three hundred and fifteen laugh-reacts—at the time that I saw it—and only three comments:
1. a vet explaining that the behavior showed in the video was the dog masturbating while making direct eye contact
2. the owner giving a simple "thank you" and
3. the admins of the group closing the comments.
So, why am I sharing this with you?
Because Reddit user Drakmamman asked:
"Dog owners of reddit, what the dog doin?"
... and so now you get this whole article just so I had an excuse to tell y'all about a furiously fapping Frenchie, 'cause somebody else needed to know about him.
I cackled for a good 20 minutes imagining the family getting all giddy about their dog "playing air guitar"—making the little air guitar meedly squeedly noises while he played, maybe even playing along thinking they're enjoying a fun little game—but they're really just been giving a hair metal soundtrack to their dogs stroke sesh.
Something tells me now the owner knows what "air guitar" really is, they're not likely to rush and tell Reddit all about how they've been gathering as a family to watch cause it's just so cute.
That's what I'm here for.
Anyway, here's the stuff other people's dogs are up to. It's not fapping—or if it is, the owners aren't telling Reddit.
"Wife just came home with the baby. Dog is acting like she's been abandoned for years running up and down, barking and jumping on everything."
"They'd only been out an hour and I was with her the whole time." - Single_Goose7015
"My dog does this too when my wife comes home. Like what am I, chopped liver?" - jackof47trades
"I feel your pain. My dog started howling mournfully when my partner went back to work last week… I was right there!" - TreatOutside
"Staring at the door waiting for the only human he cares about to come home (obviously not me)" - SnarkyRedhead
"Probably trying to herd the cats."
"He's a border collie mix who's afraid of goats and sheep, but even after six years of living with them he still thinks he can control where the cats go."
"He's a good boy, he's very persistent, but not terribly bright sometimes." - TokesNotHigh
"After 8 years our border collie still herds the cats, and the vacuum." - psychologicaluse28
"Big heart, small brain. I have one of those dogs too. They are the sweetest." - Technobucket
"She has flung herself flat across the bed and is playing dead, quiet except for the occasional pitiful whine. Every now and then she lifts her head up and fixes a desperate look upon me, silently begging for release from her wretched existence."
"She's a bit overdramatic about having to wear a cone. The issue is an abrasion on a toe that she won't stop licking, which is making it worse."
"I've been alternating between bandaging it and having her wear a cone. She's been consistently a drama queen." - halfinboxes
"Staring at me because their dinner time is in one hour and they need to start letting me know that, in an hour, they need to eat...in an hour, so I better not forget...cuz they're hungry, which is why they're staring at me...and it's almost dinner time."
"Just one more hour, And they want to make sure I don't forget. Because maybe I will."
"So, they need to remind me. By staring at me. Every day. One hour before dinner." - MotherOfFred
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"Mine loves light reflected off watches or phones. And loves lasers."
"It's sunny and he sees light on the wall so he is bothering me to use my watch or phone so he can chase the light. I've spent the last hour doing it."
"I even got him a cat laser toy that's automatic for him and he runs himself tired as all hell with it. But he is STILL asking for it."
"Used the laser toy also too, so he is panting dripping tongue and still wants to play more..." - boomgoon
"Last night my dogs chased down and killed a rabbit in the backyard. They are usually so gentle; this was weird and unexpected."
"I watched the whole thing helpless because it was so fast. The rabbit screamed, it was insane."
"Now, I'm watching them sleep on my couch and can't help but think they just murdered someone."
"They are just vicious predators, right here, in my house. On my couch."
"But they snuggly as f*ck. This trips me out." - Atheist_Redditor
A Problematic PrincessGiphy
"We have two chihuahuas. One is a 15 year old (quite appropriately) named Princess and one is a one year old named Charlie."
"Both have their own dog beds on the couch since they are spoiled."
"When Princess is feeling particularly moody or like asserting her dominance, she will drag Charlie's bed into her bed and lay on top of BOTH of them and snarl at him if he comes close to her personal space bubble/bed mountain."
"And when we tell her she can't have both beds and put his bed back to the side, she just glares at us. Lol." - mslm90
"She's currently in her cage resting after her great adventure."
"She managed to get upstairs and grab a hold of one of my shoes. Not just any old shoe, but one of the shoes I am planning to wear this weekend for my wedding."
"After running around, she dropped the shoe to chew on a shirt - at which point she was cornered, and then brought downstairs."
"Pup and shoe are both unharmed and doing well. My nerves, not so much." - still_interesting23
So ... what's YOUR dog been up to lately?
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Have you ever fantasized about what it would be like to win the lottery? Having money for the rest of your life, as far as the eye can see, to cover your expenses.
And have you thought about all the things you would buy if you could really afford them? Are they ALL practical things, or are some of them silly?
We always love to fantasize about what life would be like if money were no object. And you are not alone!
Redditor OnlyVillager asked:
"If you won the lottery, what's something 'useless' that you would buy?"
Here were some of those answers.
I Be The Witch Of The Wood
"My teenage daughter disclosed to me the other day that her biggest life goal is to buy a house on an acreage that has a large wooded area."
"She plans to build me a house in the woods, fund whatever ridiculous bullsh*t art installations I want to erect in the woods, then spread rumors in neighboring towns that a witch lives back there."
"She's the best."-OpossumJesusHasRisen
My Kingdom For A Castle
"I'm blowing it all on a castle. No, not one of those fairy tale mansions from the 19th century robber barons called 'castles'.
"A fully loaded, honest-to-god, obsolete, medieval fortress. Two curtain walls, a keep, towers, barbican, portcullis, murderholes, loopholes, machicolations, the works. It'll be a well warmed summer retreat/place to hide out if another plague hits the world."
"I'm buying Au Train island in the Upper Peninsula to be specific. When the feds finally come after billionaires to pay their fair share, I'm running to my island and sealing the gates behind me."
"So I can get my affairs in order and pay my taxes. What were you thinking I was gonna do? Hide from the IRS? They can breach any castle lmao."-DaemonTheRoguePrince
I Wanna Be A Billionaire
- "I want a cold water dispenser on my desk. It has to be connected to the water line, filtered and cooled. Ideally it also has that thing that automatically knows when the container is almost full."
- "My new lifestyle would be to live 4 weeks in a different city, then 1 week at home. In each city, I would stay in a Luxury Airbnb or a five star hotel."
- "I would hire a professional soccer coach. I'm talking someone that trains pro players. I'm Arab and I'm tired of not being good at soccer, just a few months of lessons and I'll be able to participate in pick up games and have fun."
- "I would also hire singing, guitar and piano instructors. Singing would be the toughest because my voice sucks, but I figure with time I can be good enough to sing a song if I want to reference it. That's how bad I am today."-Reformedjerk
Imagine just not having to think when you click the "purchase" button.
A Nice Siesta
"Maybe not exactly "useless" in the way people are thinking (the way the question is asked makes me think by "useless" they mean "stupid/wasteful" but I'm thinking in terms of things that are fun and only for the purpose of having fun), but do vacations count?"
"If I had that much money all to myself, I would 100% rather have a regular sized house/car and spend the money on experiences instead."
"The idea of having a normal life but knowing that I can just decide to take the day off and go to DisneyLand or treat myself to a fancy dinner whenever the hell I want to is a fantasy I've had since I was literally a little kid."
"I get that those aren't useful things because they're not things I could USE like a car/house/purse/etc, but I'd definitely be happy:)"-StreetIndependence62
"Well this stuff is only useless if there isn't some sort of apocalyptic event that happens in my lifetime."
"That said, I'd go full prepper and bury myself a bunker in the desert with tons of food and water stored away and decked out with solar panels, a garage full of electric cars, and a stash of every sort of modern electronic equipment available in vast quantities."
"So this would be a huge waste of money if there's never an apocalypse. But it would be very valuable to me if there happens to be one."-TimHawks1983
"I have always wanted a talking toilet. I don't even know why at this point. I just saw it on a tv show, don't even remember what, and since that day I have thought 'yes, I want this.'"
"But right now, with my paupers wage, I cannot afford such a thing. I have a lot of serious plans for lottery level money. I would open a shelter for homeless people and start my own dog shelter. As well as my own theme park."
"But I would still get a talking toilet."-MagnificentColossus
Put Your Bird On My Shoulder
"I would get into falconry, vintage guitars from the 50s and 60s, a live in Cook, most of the surfaces that I touch would be marble, and I would save a significant portion of my money to split between investments and gambling on riskier stocks."
"Depending on how much money a private jet would be in the cards as well as a flight license. This is one of my favorite things to daydream about"-freemason777
The best part of all of this is, it doesn't matter that these things are useless.
They bring us joy, and that is what matters.
"Boring" "Flame Thrower"???
"Definitely a boring company flame thrower. And a Barrett M82."
"Probably a supercar too, but not to drive it. I want to light it on fire in a public space as an appeal to consumerism right before I go take a private jet to Nappa Valley to eat at the French Laundry and get hammered on the most expensive bottles of wine I can find."-xdylanxfrommyspace
"There are many things I bought that I regretted it immediately. I love to try new stuff. Especially no-brand or brand that is not famous. My curiosity is very high, that is the problem."
"I wanted to know whether those products are okay for human being. For example, I bought BioAqua face products. The most product I regret is BioAqua aloe vera. After my third use of the product, I actually experience worst allergic in the world."
"My skin had a lot of red patches appeared in just few hours. It was itchy but not painful. Just I keep scratching my skin but I tried my best to control it."
"It took about three - five days to keep it clear with medication and creams. Then after a couple of weeks, I decided to use it again. I got the reaction."
"Thankfully, I still have the medication and the cream. So, I took it immediately. I also did not apply the cream that much compared to previous time."
"I still have the aloe vera bottle in my room. I wanted to throw it but I could not throw it. Yet, I cannot use it and yes, I feel sad when I saw it. So, you can understand how I feel."-nimbledealing53
Hobby Hobby Hobby!
"If I won the lottery - I would open a shop for my favorite hobby. I would manage it like a business, giving a decent wage to several workers allowing them to pursue a degree or whatever and have a job that doesn't suck."
"I'd lose money on running a store. But I'd enjoy it. I'd enjoy sharing my hobby, selling the stuff I love at reasonable prices and giving a few young people a good job in a stress free environment."
"Useless store, great life experience for the people I'd employ."-Dealthagar
Money doesn't solve all of the world's problems or all of a person's problems, even—but it certainly does make life a little easier here and there for those who need it.
Hopefully the 21st century sees all of us buying things with our millions of dollars.
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One of the most freeing realizations I've had was when I understood that not everyone was going to like me.
That's just the way it is for all of us, and I learned that it would be unfair for me to dedicate so much time worrying about what others might think.
It changed my life—improved it, I'd say.
That, combined with my willingness to take responsibility for my own actions, was crucial to my self-development.
Whether it's an epiphany or experience, there are many things that can happen and can successfully shift your perspective.
People shared their stories after Redditor drewyourstory asked the online community:
"What life event or experience changed your perspective?"
"From this, I learned..."
"Nearly died of a post-surgical hypoxic brain injury, followed by a variety of problems subsequently."
"From this, I learned that mortality is a fragile thing in a random, amoral universe."
It truly is. We really have no say in it either.
We really do not have control.
"Once you get your own place..."
"Once you finally get your own place, you appreciate and feel gratitude for things that you used to take for granted."
"It's helped me maintain..."
"My husband died after a sudden short illness. My life is divided by that point in time."
"There is before and after, I'm a different person now nearly 12 years later but I'm okay with that. It's helped me maintain a good perspective dealing with my current partner's stroke."
"He's doing ok but will never have the mobility he once had. Just taking one day at a time."
Sorry for your loss.
Silver linings exist... even in tragedy.
"I can put up with..."
"My spouse developed a chronic pain illness. She spent months in debilitating pain and there wasn't a goddamn thing I could do to help."
"When we finally got a diagnosis, she was able to start on some medications that improved her quality of life to near where it had been."
"Suddenly little problems just didn't seem important anymore. I can put up with a whole hell of a lot more than I ever thought possible because at least my partner's not in burning pain constantly anymore."
Thankfully, your partner is healthier, and the experience undoubtedly made you a stronger person!
"I had both hips replaced..."
"I had both hips replaced at 25 and will owe money for the rest of my life."
"My debt to income ratio keeps me from normal things like owning a house. I don't sweat missing a bill now and then anymore."
Society really should not allow this to happen.
"I think every single human..."
"I think every single human has experienced the feeling of post-traumatic guilt caused by something they've done in the past."
"For example, in elementary school, I had a best friend whose family was struggling financially. One day, he brings coins (pennies and nickels only) for his school lunch that day."
"I, for some stupid reason, smacked the change out of his hand as he took the change out to count how much he had."
"I got yelled at by the principal, who was walking behind me, and got suspended. Ever since that day, I have never ever made fun of someone's financial stability, given people money (especially the homeless), and never smacked anything out of anyone's hands."
"That moment changed my perspective on how the treatment towards others comes back to bite you."
"Holding my eight year old brother as he died from extreme medical incompetence then being stuck with his body for twenty minutes as a ventilator made his corpse breathe and a fault in the heart monitor didn't trigger the alarm to bring help and the nurses ignored the call light because they were 'busy with another patient'."
"I cared about people before then. I can switch that off and on at will now."
"Being from Canada..."
"Being from Canada, we're pretty sheltered here, so traveling to other parts of the world and seeing how poor some communities are really made me realize how lucky we are and how good we have it."
Many people in the Western world would learn a hell of a lot if they were humbled by the way others around the world live.
"I love him..."
"Having a child with autism. He is the most loving, kind, intelligent young man."
"I love him more than anything in the world, but I have to consider everyday events that others take for granted. There are things that will be overly stressful for him, and without any glaring differences, people are often not understanding."
"Family gatherings, grocery store visits, haircuts, the dentist, everything is planned."
"The world can be a noisy, chaotic, inconsistent place which are all things he really hates, but he meets every challenge head-on and I couldn't be prouder to call him my son."
"Have you ever just stood..."
"Have you ever just stood and looked at a dead person? The first dead person I ever saw was my father... I've seen probably more than my share after that too."
"Looking at someone with their lights permanently turned off changes something in you."
No one is immune from life's tragedies or trials and tribulations.
How do you handle them, though? That's the real test.
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