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We have all sat through hours of school where we believed... "none of this is ever going to matter!" Raise your hands if you thought Algebra would REALLY matter. Go ahead. We'll wait. There are so many life lessons we missed in the small lessons apparently. It seems people use Math and analytical skills on the regular. Wish I knew that then.
Redditor _PyroShotGaming wanted students of life to admit... What did you learn in school that you thought would end up being useless but actually helped you a lot though life?
DON'T WORK "THAT" HARD....
That situation on group projects where half (or more) of the "team" you're assigned to doesn't care about doing any of the work and just wants to get a passing grade through no knowledge or effort.
Well, that's a pretty handy guide to the working world. In most office jobs I've had 25% of the people did 75% of the work (or more). . .
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Typing, but not in the way you'd think. Our typing teacher drilled into our heads that it would go slowly at first, and that you would build up speed and confidence in time. I've been able to apply that kind of thinking to every single thing I do and it really has helped me not to get discouraged. I've gotten jobs in fields that I never would have thought to apply for because even though I couldn't do the skill now, I would be able to do it soon. Same with hobbies. It's wild to get really good at something random and turn around and look at how far you've come.
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Typing. I had to take it in HS and thought it was an absolute joke that it was a required class. It's been my best return on (forced) investment though, by far.
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School built the foundation, but various MMORPGs and just chatting with my friends on AIM are what gave me the raw speed.
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I had a spelling test in elementary school. One of the words we had to spell was "alot," as in 'I have alot of candy.'
Lo and behold it is revealed that "a lot" is actually two words, not one. It was a trick question.
As I imagine many redditors can relate, I was incensed. How dare she tarnish my spelling test score with this deception. I was the angriest 7 yo in the world, and I never trusted Ms. Tosher again.
In fact, I was so scarred by this betrayal that I've never been able to write the words"a lot" without thinking about the spelling test. And wouldn't you know it, in my whole life since that day I've never made the mistake of writing "alot" instead of"a lot."
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In college I had to take the class "Witch Trials in Medieval and Renaissance France" because it was the only course that fulfilled a general education requirement that also fit in my schedule.
The class felt like an unbelievable waste of time. Every thing was working against it: it was an 100 person lecture, the professor lacked any charisma or presentation skills, half of the class time was spent watching absolutely terrible films that illustrated one historical point or another; but I was paying for it so I slumped back in my chair and suffered through every lecture. If you had ask me coming out of college what was the dumbest course I took I would have pointed to this one.
But now I honestly find myself sharing things I learned in that class a couple times a year. I have managed to impress some seriously accomplished people with a well placed knowledgeable comment on medieval folklore or an explanation of the mechanics of witch hunts and it all came from that one class. I don't even work in the field I majored in so it turns out the things I learned in a class about French witches has been more useful to me than some of the stuff I spent hours closely pouring over and committing to memory.
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Grammar. And just to practice the habit of checking my work in general. Everyone needs someone who knows how to write. And you'd be surprised how often someone will dismiss you out of hand due to simple errors on cover letters or resumes.
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In high school, I used to be the guy how would always complain during algebra saying "Only engineers need to know this. Why are we doing this?"_Now I'm an engineer.
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How to figure out if a month has 31 days or not with my knuckles.
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The most surprisingly useful class I ever took was a class I took on a lark in college. "Greek and Latin Roots in English." I have lost count of how many times I have been able to deduce the meaning of words or phrases that otherwise would have been totally opaque to me.
Yeah it doesn't help me build a deck the way geometry does, but its done better for me than a large chunk of my other college classes.
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Essays. I hated essays up to about 10th grade and still even then but it is important to know how to make a claim and find solid evidence to back that up and provide a reasoning for why, seems a lot of people don't know how to do that.
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How to fall properly;
I was never the most athletic kid in school (not the least but not the most) and I remember being bored outta my skull one middle school gym class about how to brace yourself for falls and other stuff like that.
Then a couple of years after graduation I was working for a small company (very small) doing Telecom work and found my ladder about to slip off the building while I was in the process of climbing it. As soon as I realized it was going down I dropped the item I was hauling up and bailed to the side so as to not get tangled up in the ladder.
I fell approximately 20 ft onto pavement, but thanks to that stupid gym class all I did was fracture my wrist.
I fractured the hell out of it and didn't have full full use of it again until years later but I didn't land on my back or head or anything crazy like that.
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I use the Pythagorean therum way more than I ever thought I would.
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I took three years of it, and I was never particularly good at it. I hated languages at the time -- my parents pressured me into doing the three language options at GCSE, which in my school was French, Spanish and Latin as an after-school class -- and I never saw the point of learning a dead language.
Now I learn languages for fun, and it's nice to have a background in romance languages. There's a lot of 'Oh, this makes sense now!', especially when it comes to things like noun cases.
Who's got two thumbs and knows the difference between an ablative and a dative?
OBVI!![rebelmouse-image 18980054 is_animated_gif=
Statistics. In particular, some basic concepts like mean vs. median, statistical significance, confidence intervals, Bayes' Theorem.
SING OUT LOUISE![rebelmouse-image 18980055 is_animated_gif=
I took drama throughout high school and although it hasn't landed me any acting gigs (yet ;)) it did seriously bolster my acting abilities and to put on a convincing game face which has proved invaluable in making friends and connecting with people.
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Medicine. Hear me out on this one. Started out as a premedical student, but flunked calculus. Had to switch majors to history during sophomore year to save my academic scholarships. I thought I had wasted my time since the odds of using that level of medical training (basic anatomy, biology, and chemistry) were slim to none. My first job after getting my masters was in a history of medicine archive, parlayed that into working at a federal science agency.
SYLLABLES!![rebelmouse-image 18980057 is_animated_gif=
As a non native English speaker, pronunciation.
CHA-CHING!!!![rebelmouse-image 18980060 is_animated_gif=
It enabled me to save almost $100k over 25 years of home ownership by doing repair and maintenance myself.
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The key to any successful relationship is communication.
The ability to be open and receptive to what a significant other has to say, as well as the ability to be able to convey something weighing on one's mind, can be healing.
But depending on the circumstance, some things are better left unsaid.
Curious to hear examples of what those might be, Redditor FamiliarFarmer8356 asked:
"What's something you wish you could tell your partner without upsetting them?"
If there is conflict, there is a way to discuss and address the issue in a civil and respectful manner.
Things Just Happen
"Every bad thing that happens doesn't require someone to be blamed for it. And that someone doesn't always have to be me."
A Cornerstone Of A Successful Union
"One of the cornerstones of a good marriage, is knowing how to argue. I’d actually say that before a couple get married, they should check how their potential partner behaves in an argument. What are they like when they get angry. It’s important because no two individuals are going to agree all the time. And on those occasions, it’s important to remember not to belittle the other. Deal with the issue at hand. And especially, don’t argue in front of the kids. You have no idea how much lasting damage this causes."
"All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership."
It's Not That Deep
"please stop complaining about everything."
"If you keep seeking out reasons to be miserable, you will find them."
"I'm tired of being dragged down with you."
There's no need to get defensive when there's something to discuss.
It's Not About You
"That some days I’m just tired from class and work and just want some me time, it’s not that I hate you my social battery is just running out."
"Her first reaction to something adverse doesn't have to be anger."
In The Words Of A Pirate
"In the wise words of captain Jack Sparrow sometimes:"
'the problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude toward the problem.'
It Takes Two To Tango
"That I wish she’d be more independent so she didn’t need my help for everything outside the house."
"That it’s a little disturbing how aggressively he drives when he’s grumpy… heavy on both gas and brakes, zooming in and out of traffic, swearing at people who make mistakes… very unlike him."
Sometimes the truth hurts when talking about members of the family.
A Real Assessment
"That her mother is not a good person."
"I told my husband that it's not that his family is nosy and overbearing, it's that I hate watching him cave and negotiate as if they have a right to behave like this, and I really hate when I'm the bad guy for wanting reasonable limits."
"It got worse, then it got better, FYI."
"His parents are greedy, selfish people and treat him like an atm."
There's definitely a fine line between withholding your thoughts to protect the person you love and being brutally honest.
If coming clean isn't going to resolve an issue, then it might be better to suck it up and deal with whatever frustrations you have about the other person.
It's up to you, but make sure the delivery doesn't come from a place of rage if you do decided to be totally transparent about your negative thoughts.
Every family has a black sheep or every family in its entirety are black sheep.
What is a "black sheep" anyway?
It used to mean a person who brought shame or embarrassment to a family, but it's more often used now to mean the member who is just very different from everyone else—sometimes in a good way.
Redditor Frozen_yoghurt123 asked:
"Who is the 'black sheep' of your family?"
I'm the black sheep or at least I'd like to think so.
"Probably my dad's cousin, who went to prison for murdering his lover's husband."
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"My Dad. He is the only one of 6 siblings who wasn't a huge f**k up. And yet, before my Grandma died she stated that he was her 'biggest disappointment.' He is estranged from his surviving siblings... not by his choice. It honestly blows my mind."
"Toxicity is often a group mindset thing; people don't want you to leave because they are dysfunctionally co-dependent on each other and need each other to justify their own shortcomings in life. A lot of the 'family loyalty' stuff is typically shouted loudest by those who are the least good idea to stay loyal towards."
"My great uncle who stole my great grandfathers identity, stole a couple million dollars, and ran off. No one even knew he was alive until my great grandfathers funeral in 2009. No one has seen him since. My grandma started to cry because she honestly thought he was dead."
"Everyone else just kind of nodded on his direction and went on with the rest of the funeral. I just remember being very confused because I was 9 and I had never met this guy who my dad pulled me aside and told me he was my great uncle. It was a few years later that I got the full story."
"According to my mean aunt, the 'matriarch' in her own mind, it's my twin brother because "he doesn't care about family now that he's a doctor." (He's a resident. Chief resident. He works ridiculous hours and spends the rest of the time recovering from work.)"
"According to my ex-MIL (who still counts because she's Son's grandma), it's me, for divorcing her son."
"According to everyone else, it's Mean Aunt. The rest of us are warm and caring and compassionate. We have our moments; all of us have been accidentally thoughtless or done something selfish once in a while, but we're not deliberately mean and snarky all the time."
"My immediate family are the black sheep of the entire family."
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Sounds like everyone has a little black sheep in them.
"By now, my brother for cutting off everyone because he prefers his rude, selfish, paranoid, narcissist wife over all of us."
"My wife is the black sheep of her family in the sense that she's the only one who isn't a rude, selfish, paranoid narcissist."
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"Me. My granddaddy told me 'I’ve only had the sheriff knock on my door two times in my 80 years, and both times he was looking for you! 'I did some dumb sh*t, caused a little trouble, burned a few bridges but always managed to stay out of jail. Partly because my sister has kept an attorney on retainer for me since I was 16."
"My younger brother (2nd of 4) is a compulsive liar and it got him in a lot of little trouble as a teen, then he told his wife he graduated a big college when we're not even sure if he got his GED because he failed to graduate HS, went to some GED school and eventually just stopped going."
"IF he graduated college, he never mentioned he was going in the 4+ years it takes nor mention graduation or have a diploma. He's not a bad dude, but now family time is super awkward when he and his wife are talking about 'their' college team."
The NOT good girl...
"My aunt's daughter. She’s been in jail for drugs, stolen money from my aunt and other family members to use on drugs and physically abused my aunt. My aunt has tried getting her help, but nothing has worked. She’s just not a good person, and everyone in my family, except my aunt, doesn’t want anything to do with her. I haven’t seen her in 8 years now, and I’m happy about that."
"A former nun - my great aunt - left the religious life and got married. She called herself 'the black sheep of the family' because her habit was black."
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Well the black sheep sound like the most interesting family members.
Sex is great, but there are more ways than one to accomplish that euphoric feeling without sex.
There are so many small, ordinary aspects of life that can just send a person and we come across them daily.
A good steak.
A home repair.
The things that make you say...
"I tingle all over."
Redditor OldAboba asked:
"What is the best non-sexual physical feeling you’ve ever felt?"
Adele. Adele live. She sends me.
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"I got a professional full body (everything but my man parts) massage a few years back for the first and so far only time at a spa after the recommendation from a coworker. I felt like I was floating on a cloud for the next few days."
Through your nose...
"Sneezing when you're sick. Then you get that about 20 second feeling of breathing through your nose again and you like ahh that's what I aspire to at the moment."
"Or the very last sneeze of your illness. During a fire drill in high school, I was ambling out after fighting a head old for a few days. The alarm was killing my head which was already throbbing from the sinus pressure."
"I was nearing the field, well away from my classmates, when I cough/sneezed out a huge, green loogie - cleared it about three feet, no icky trail - and by the time I was walking back to the building I was feeling pretty much back to normal. No more head cold after that. Never had something like that ever happen again where there was such an abrupt end to the head cold."
"Right after a migraine goes away. It's almost a spiritual experience."
"This was going to be my answer. I was in the ER one time for a really bad migraine. They gave me what they called a 'migraine cocktail.' When they pushed it through the IV I could feel the cold liquid make its way through my body, up to my head. Once it hit my brain, the migraine was gone. It was pure ecstasy. Even better was that cocktail had Benadryl in it so I fell asleep not long after and slept so good."
"That stretch til you shake when you wake up."
"I once stretched too hard in the morning and got the worst calf cramp ever... it looked like a prune and I thought I would die from the pain. Couldn't stretch in bed for months afterwards out of fear it would happen again."
"When you move over 50, it turns into that stretch til you put your back into a muscle spasm that lasts days."
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"I had a cast and splint on both my legs for 2 months. When they cut it off, they scratched my legs for me and the itch was just top notch! Yeah."
Itching an itch can change a life.
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"When you're starving all day and devour a bomb a** meal."
Sleep for Life
"When you’ve been up for 20 hours+ and finally get into bed and you just know it’ll be the best sleep of your life."
"But man, after 36+ hours, the body sort of aches and it's hard to fall asleep despite being completely exhausted. Then the restless legs kick in... ugh. I do agree that a 20hr-ish stint is amazing to cuddle into, especially if you don't have to get up at any specific time the next day."
"Makes it better when you’ve been sleep deprived for weeks and know you have NO PLANS tomorrow and can sleep as much as you need."
"When you're absolutely busting for a pee and you can finally go!"
"Apparently there’s a thing called a 'pee-gasm' that people (usually women) have that causes an orgasmic feeling when you pee after holding it for a while! I’ve definitely experienced this and I’ve intentionally waited a while so I could have that good feeling... lol."
I Can Hear!!
"The feeling of water leaving your ear after being there all day."
"I had some impacted earwax for a week in one ear, and when it finally got removed it was the best feeling in the world. Initially it was like having a tv or radio in my ear that only had static, but then I could hear. Good god, I could hear. It was amazing."
"Oh man, and it’s WARM from being in your head, and the warmth makes the sensation of leaving even better."
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"Sleeping in a warm blanket in winters."
"Or sleeping in a cold blanket in summer."
I am enthralled by all of those things.
People need to stop throwing out unwanted advice.
And when it is requested, think before you speak.
People with mental disorders don't need everyone telling them they have a fix like "exercise" or "herbal supplements."
Redditor Gold-Ad-2827 asked:
"People with mental disorders: What do you hate being told the most?"
I hated being told to just smile. You smile and go away.
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"It's all in your head. Where else would it?! My colon?"
"Everybody goes through that."
"This saying makes my blood boil. Or the 'I was that age once too ya know' yeah no sh*t you were that age once. And just because you were that age once doesn’t mean we have the same experience."
"They try to minimize it."
"You're worried? Just stop."
"You're sad? Just don't be."
"You're compulsively binge eating? Eat less."
"Thanks for that stellar advice."
"Or even better, 'Just do it!' As if ADHD paralysis can be stopped with a can-do attitude."
"I get so frustrated when people treat the idea of 'holistic medicine' as some kind of woo. How does it escape so many people that the body works holistically? Even a lot of doctors seem to ignore this. It's very frustrating when you have 2 or 3 or 4 illnesses that are all affecting each other, and your 'physical health' is held distinct from your mental health, and nothing anyone is doing to treat you works because no one's looking at the whole system."
"I just got a lecture from a psychiatrist I am seeing about nutrition, and he apologized to me for doing so but I told him, 'No, I appreciate it. Do it for all your patients.' because it told me he's trying to look at the whole picture and actually fix what's wrong. It gave me faith in him."
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"You need to calm down."
"Never is the history of calm down has calm down ever caused anyone to calm down."
Calm down. I hate that one. You calm down.
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"When they try to give me tips on what to do, like bruh as if I didn't already try that."
"You don't look sad. No crap... that's so I can avoid having this conversation. Also depression isn't 'being sad' like people think."
"God, I hate this. It's because saying 'I'm depressed' has been standard for people expressing that they're slightly unhappy about something dumb like not getting enough croutons on their salad or some crap. Now that's just what everyone assumes you mean when you say you have depression."
"'Stop being lazy.'"
“'Lazy' is when you don’t want to do anything at all. 'Executive disfunction' is when you can do everything at all, but that one easy quick thing that you do want to do just makes you and your brain freeze completely days ahead. I’m tired of people not understand that even when I explain and look at me like I’m bullshitting instead."
Ways to Cope
"Maybe you should try praying harder. I did, He prescribed medication."
"Praying is a way to cope for a lot of people, I think. That's totally fine, but insisting on praying in lieu of getting real help or actually addressing the issue is when it is not only unhelpful, but dangerously detrimental."
"Religious people will bypass everyone’s cultures, identity, views, and feelings just to be right and make a point. it’s disgusting. I read somewhere that real so called Christianity is all wrong. The real faith is from the Aramaic history and all the meanings were misinterpreted and the stories and all were made up by Catholics wanting to control their people. Yuck."
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"As someone with OCD with a lot of attention to 'contamination', having someone try to explain contradictions in why I'm doing something that is technically unclean when I wouldn't do something that is technically clean due to OCD. There are a few doorknobs that I will not touch no matter how much you clean them in front of me and I know it makes no sense, if it made sense I wouldn't have OCD i'd just be cleanly."
Stop trying to be an armchair therapist. Be empathetic to people first.