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People Share The Most Profound Thing Someone Said That Changed Their Life Forever.

People Share The Most Profound Thing  Someone Said That Changed Their Life Forever.

1. You are glowing today, what did you do to yourself.

This made a world of difference for me.

Let me explain: I grew up in a country, where misogyny is still quite normalized. It affected some aspects of my being, like my relationship to self and how I am supposed to look. For example, since I started wearing make up in my teens I never left my house without wearing it.

I went to college in NY, and still one of the only times I left my house without make up occurred in my last finals ever the last year of school. I walked into the computer lab: no makeup, no sleep for 2 days. A friend of mine sees me and says that: You are glowing today, what did you do to yourself? I was so surprised, I though Ive never looked worse, but he was sincere and did not get my bewilderment by his comment.

That uncoupled make up and fancy outfits from looking good in my mind permanently and within a second. I stopped wearing makeup completely since that day. I always hated it, to be honest. And I feel confident about how I look all the time. It is a great feeling.

Ksenia Kulichik

2. A few months back, I ended up in a huge fight with my college friends and at that moment I just thought that it's time to end this so called Friendship thing.

After the incident I was pissed off and that was when one of my good old pal came to rescue. I shared my whole experience with him and instead of correcting my facts or comforting me he just said one thing -

If someone did something wrong with you, look into the past and see how many times he has done something worth for you instead of directly jumping towards pure criticism."

These lines stunned me for a minute and thereafter it changed my mindset to a great extent. Now I am a lot calculative and understanding rather than being an emotional chunk.

DhRuv PrAkash

3. "They're anti-depressants"

That's the answer I received from the pharmacist when I asked what medicine I was picking up for my mom.

Up until then I hadn't known my mother was depressed, so when I heard it, it hit me like a ton of bricks. After I picked up the medicine and was driving home, I started thinking to my self:

"Have I been a bad son?"

"Did I make things any easier for her?"

"Why didn't she tell me?"

"Is she ok?"

"I've been a bad son."

"I know I've been a bad son."

"She didn't have to go through it alone."

Then I started remembering the terrible things I've said to her and how I treated her over the years. Heck, I started remembering the attitude I gave her when I agreed to pick up her medicine. I felt horrible. I felt sick and disappointed in myself. She had done so much for me and my siblings and at the very least I could have been more kind, patient, and affectionate to her. I couldnt even do that for her.

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gave her a massive hug and a kiss.

I've never forgotten the response the pharmacist gave me. I do the best I can to make her feel happy and loved. I call her everyday to see how she's doing and tell her how it's going with me. I don't shut her out. I tell her I love her at the end of every phone call and at every conversation.

Since the time I walked in the pharmacy, every time I see her, I give her the hug and kiss she deserves. She's my saint and I treat her as such.

Edwin Romero

4. She fancies herself a seamstress

An unsupportive ex boyfriend once said that about me at a time in my life, when I was transitioning over from working normal jobs in society to living my dreams. I had no formal education as a seamstress or designer, other than a sewing project in home economics way back in high school.

It inspired me to prove him wrong. I've since become a very well know and highly paid celebrity seamstress, designer and stylist despite my lack of education.

Gina Vincenza Van Epps

5. Not everything can fit into a box, Alice. Some things are just kinda gonna hang there perhaps never to be put away.

I think that's the first time I heard my shrink after being hospitalized for just over a month. I was always trying to keep all myself together by filing it into mini filing cabinets inside my head. Somewhere along the way I convinced myself that if I filed it, it was dealt with and the proverbial key could be thrown away never needing to open up the file again.

Problem was at some point things weren't fitting in their cabinets anymore. No matter how hard I tried to jam them in there, they weren't having it, which to me was an impossibility yet it was occurring increasing in frequency. This was the start of my decent into madness.

Until he said that It never occurred to me that it's ok to just let it be, to just let things unfold as they should, to let them hang without knowing where they were going or forcing them to go where I wanted them to go. Not only was it ok it was one of the joys of being human and really living in harmony with the rest of the planet.

I remember how terrified the concept of letting it be felt it but it pales in comparison to the feeling of freedom and massive sense of relief I felt at the same time. The life I was living had me filing almost every minute of every day for over 10 years. That was the beginning of my ascend into peace.

Alice S. Hattie

6. I had a room full of a dozen or so people not say anything, and it changed the course of my life.

I was working as a ground support mechanic for the US Air Force, and the particular group was my classmates. We were in technical training for some of the most advanced stuff we might encounter. It was called 7-level school, and it is the highest level of technical training the AF offers enlisted soldiers; after that its just management. We had just received a safety briefing about motorcycles because some unfortunate airman had smashed into a guardrail and launched himself a significant distance. One of my classmates idly asked, How fast would you have to be going to fly that far? I though he might want an answer, so I got out a pencil and paper and started working it out. (Continued)

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I was having trouble remembering the trig identity I needed to derive the formula, so I looked up to think it over. Everyone else in the room was staring at me like I had grown an extra head. I never did figure out the answer, but the fact that I was the only one in the room to realize it was a math problem got me thinking about my abilities. A couple years later I went to College intending to be a math teacher, but some of my professors and other students encouraged me to go further than that. Now I have completed a significant amount of graduate level mathematics, and a job that I wouldnt have without that education.

Justin Stephens

7. A counselor (speaking in reference to one of my kids, who was going through a turbulent adolescent phase):

Choose your battles. There are some battles you cannot winmusic taste, choice of friends, etc. There are some battles you MUST win-for example, illegal activities. And there are some that can go either way.

This is excellent advice for any parent, of course, but its also good advice for life in general. In fact, its pretty much a variation on the Serenity Prayer, or the popular meme Dont sweat the small stuff.

Diana Arneson

8. Excuse me, sir. Could you show me to the bathroom. - a college kid said this to me. He was on a summer internship at my company and came into my office looking for the bathroom. Sounds pretty innocent, right?

Well I was 25, graduated from college about 3 years before. I still thought I had that college swag; like I could be one of his peers. But he referred to me as sir.

Reality kicks in when you least expect it. Sometimes in the most mortifying ways.

Ku-Wayne Hart

9. Let the man through. -a random woman to her daughter, referring to me, when I was 17.

It was the first time someone referred to me as a man without irony or pre-phrasing it with the words young or little. Guess I suddenly realized I wasn't a kid anymore.

Jake Williams

10. You should have kept your job.

I was working for a dream company. I didnt communicate well with my boss. I ended up losing the job. My wife said it was my fault and that I should have (Continued)

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done whatever it took to keep it. The boss had some kind of personal problem with me on top of the other trouble, but you know what? She was right. My pride and incompetence cost me that job. It hurt and made me angry to hear her speak that truth.

I went on to start my own company and earn millions, but I still feel like I screwed up.

Tom Campbell

11. The moment, when I was 12 years old, that a boy in my class said to me, "You're smart for a Black girl." Until that moment I hadn't experienced much racism, or at least hadn't noticed it. I couldn't understand why I felt so annoyed back then, but went home from school and lay in bed the rest of the afternoon to cry about it. It really made me understand how a lot of people perceive non-white people according to stereotypes. I began to think about why this might be a lack of representation of people of color in positions of power in many jobs, stereotypes in the media, and the way reporting has a racially bias slant. Right now I'm conducting research on internalized prejudice in the hiring process. My life was changed, all because someone gave me a back-handed compliment that opened my eyes to the world's injustice and my involvement in it.


12. "I'll give you a dollar if you grab me a chocolate bar."

My older brother asked me to get him a chocolate bar one day. Sure, I thought, I didn't have much else to do. On my way to the store I fell and scraped my knee. A guy about my age helped me up and stayed with me until it stopped bleeding. We got to chatting and found out we had a lot in common. We became best friends, and eventually started dating. Been married 4 years now, all because my brother wanted an O'Henry.


13. Just a friendly tip. It's obvious to me what's going on back there (pointing to the room behind me). If Im seeing it you can be sure others are as well.- A Corporal with the police department

She told me to stay as far away from you as possible because Klugman is about to be in for the surprise of his life!- the live-in boyfriend of the countys First Responders dispatcher who couldn't have possibly known my last name.

Both happened within a week of each other and were in regards to the illegal drug activity I was conducting in the back room of an auto parts store I was managing at the time. Then, I did something I thought I'd never do. (Continued)

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I became clean and sober the next day, May 20th, 1989.

Rick Klugman

14. If you have something wrong with everyone, maybe something is wrong with you.

Martain Daturtle

15. Actually I over heard someone refer to me during a conversation.

Frends father : Even X scored better than you (referring to me)

I realized that being poor meant I am not supposed to score better than the rich kids in my school. From that day on I was determined to prove everyone wrong. Just last month, that old schoolmate came in for an interview at my company... to be my assistant.

Mohammed Ashker

16. When I was 38 I contemplated beginning a two year Associates Degree in Radiography. I was talking to a friend and had almost talked myself out of doing it. I said "I'm too old to start that. I'll be 40 when I get my degree." My friend said "If you don't do it, you'll still be 40, but without the degree." I'm nearly 60 now, and (Continued)

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that degree has been the difference between making a decent living, and struggling to get by.


17. When I was young and having what I thought was a serious relationship talk with my first real SO, I told her that I just wanted to find the right person.

Without missing a beat she said, "Everybody is looking for the right person, and nobody is trying to be the right person."

That stopped me in my tracks.


18. My mom was dying. A friend told me "you have your whole life to freak out about this-- don't do it in front of her. "

It really helped me to understand that my feelings are not always what's important. It IS possible to delay a freakout, and that skill has served me innumerable times.


19. "It's only embarrassing if you're embarrassed." Changed my life forever.


20. I met a person who was in a wheelchair. He related a story about how a person once asked if it was difficult to be confined to a wheelchair. He responded, "I'm not confined to my wheelchair - I am liberated by it. If it wasn't for my wheelchair, I would be bed-bound and never able to leave my room or house. "

Amazing perspective.


21. I'm the oldest of three kids. I'm older than my little brother by 2.5 years and my little sister by 9.5.

When I was about fourteen or so, arguing with my dad in private about something I don't remember, he, being the second-oldest of eight kids, told me: (Continued)

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"Any decision you make in this household, you make three times. Once when you make it, once when your brother makes the same decision after watching you do it, and once when your sister makes the same decision after watching you and your brother do it. How you treat your brother will tell him how he can treat your sister; and how you treat your sister tells her how she will expect to be treated for the rest of her life, even as far as her future boyfriends."

That kinda shook me up and made me rethink my role as the oldest child; I started taking my responsibilities as the role model a lot more seriously after that. Even when you aren't trying to actively influence those around you, those who look up to and respect you will still base their decisions, in part, on how they've seen you handle similar situations. If you break down and get stressed and angry when something inconvenient happens, they'll feel better doing the same when something similarly small happens to them. But if you keep your cool in a dire situation and under a lot of stress, it can inspire them to believe they can do the same.


22. "Think of a time you were embarrassed, easy right? Now think of a time someone else was embarrassed. It's a lot harder to do isn't it?" I don't really worry about being embarrassed anymore if no one but I will remember it!


23. My old boss, the CEO of a small hospital, told me a story from back when he was a lab technician (for simplicity, let's call him Dan). Dan had forgotten to check some sort of mechanism on a piece of equipment he used, it malfunctioned and broke the equipment which ended up having around a $250,000 repair bill.

The next day Dan's boss called him in to talk about it, and he was sure he was going to be fired. His boss asked him why he didn't do a proper check, made sure he understood what happened and sent him back to work. Dan asked him "Am I not getting fired? I was almost sure that's what this was about." His boss said "No way, I just spent $250,000 teaching you a lesson you'll never forget. Why would I fire you now?"

It seems silly, but that attitude always resonated with me. Don't make professional decisions based on emotional responses. Always know what your goal is when dealing with someone, and what exact problem you are trying to solve. Everyone makes mistakes, and yelling at them just makes them resent you and become defensive. Being calm and understanding will make people look up to you.


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!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
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?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"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."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"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
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

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.