Sometimes lies are all we have.
And that's ok. It takes a lot to keep going in life and to keep a smile on in this day and age is nearly impossible.
So little fib here, a tiny non-truth there... if it helps you through the day, use it.
As long as nobody is hurt and you're not in an extreme state of denial... lie away!
Redditor hidude100 wanted to discuss the fibs that keep getting us through the day. They asked:
"What's the most useful lie we tell ourselves?"
I tell myself I believe I can do it. Whatever it is. When in actuality if I listen to myself too long, I'll never do anything.
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"I'm doing the right thing. Everyone else is doing the wrong thing." ~ echo6golf
"While in traffic, nobody except you know what the hell they are doing." ~ sjookvest
"With that being said, I think some (a lot?) of traffic could be reduced if people simply drove better. Not over breaking or taking so long to accelerate after breaking (causes accordion effect). Never blocking the box. Learning how to merge properly and then understanding that the safest speed to travel is close to the speed everyone else is going. Just generally paying attention. All of which I do, and nobody else does!" ~ AmigoDelDiabla
"They'll get theirs in the end." ~ jxj24
"I think this is it. This is the biggest one. Injustice is inevitable. I don’t logically believe people who have wronged me will be punished, but I have told myself many times “their time will come” which, nah, in a random, chaotic universe, some times it does, some times it never happens. Meanwhile horrible, HORRIBLE things happen to people who simply do not deserve it." ~ AXELROM
"It’ll all work out one day." ~ BlockThot
"I always say 'you'll get through this as well' and well time does manage to work out a lot of things. These kinds of lies are pretty essential to keep you going. I'd prolly be dead by now if my mind just went 'nope, nothing will work out now.'" ~ PM_ME_YOUR___ISSUES
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"I’ll do it/start tomorrow." ~ nap9283
"Hard work often pays off over time, but laziness 100% pays off right freaking now!" ~ twopacktuesday
Ah the promise of tomorrow. A whole new beginning, or just a tragic repeat. We'll have to see.
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"‘You can do anything you set your mind to.’ Literally false, but determination can get you an awfully long way." ~ DrRob
"This is the last covid wave." ~ PassengerWest8873
"It’s frustrating. My wife and I are both fully vaxxed and caught it back right before Thanksgiving. Neither of us had boosters yet but our state hadn’t opened up boosters to everyone yet (they did while we had Covid). My sense of smell is still completely gone. Her Covid wasn’t near as bad as mine. I wore my mask, I got my shots, and it still got through to us. It’s mutated so much that I fear vaccines are never going to be more than an annual shot for this." ~ MyAltUsernameIsCool
"A gun is ALWAYS loaded. I just watched Wind River where the Hawkeye actor drills this point home to his son who is carrying the rifle down the stairs with the barrel pointed in all directions." ~ hidude100
"A lot of people think Americans are pretty irresponsible with guns - sure, some are, but when you live around guns a lot (e.g. in the country), this is a phrase that pretty much everyone knows." ~ bdbr
These Low Effort Jobs Have Surprisingly High Salaries | George Takei’s Oh MyyyHave you ever worked one of those jobs that paid you to kinda sit there? If you have, you know the joy that comes with watching the entirety of Breaking Bad ...
"It’s interesting how a lot of the answers are similar, we are all very much the same." ~ Key-Knee-7153
"Right. Apparently the main one is that we tell ourselves everything will be okay which I'm guessing helps us keep going. Makes sense even though I don't know if I would have guessed that would be the winner." ~ hidude100
"Next year I'll be way ahead of where I am now." ~ server_busy
Death Becomes ME
"Ignoring our own mortality (we'll die sooner then we think 🤔 or at least feel)." ~ Pseudonym669669
"Idk, I’ve been thinking a lot about that, and confronting my own mortality this past year. I feel like it’s been helpful, as I’m reallizing what matters and what doesn’t, what I care about and what I don’t, and how little time I have to experience the things I want." ~ user deleted
"That we have free will. I can’t explain it as well as YouTube videos on the subject can. Basically from what I remember let’s say you want to pick up your toothbrush and brush your teeth, before you realize you are reaching for and picking up your toothbrush the motion has already been started by your brain." ~ secretcomet
"USEFUL? Gotta be the belief that we are intelligent, well reasoned individuals who are either aware of (or have no) bias. Lets you instantly discredit anything you disagree with, because if it WAS correct, you would already be believing it." ~ DonQuixoteDesciple
"We tend to tell ourselves that we figure what is life all about but in reality we don't. Knowingness of the life path we take doesn't mean we are set to bound for the course we have but little did we know that there many pitstops through out the destination and it's up to you how will you face that dilemma." ~ HyperscionUltra
Stick around. Watch...
"Death is bad. From what I've heard, it's pretty peaceful. And once it's over it's over. Nothing to worry about once you're dead. Of course by telling ourselves death is bad, we stay alive. By convincing ourselves death is bad, then when life seems pretty bad we still (usually) don't die. Life is a good thing, and that's honest. But death isn't bad either. And life can be hard."
"Since that lie tips the scales in favor of living when life sucks, you stay alive. Therefore it is the most useful lie. IMPORTANT ADDITION: I am not advocating for death, self inflicted or otherwise. I mean it when I say life is good. Even when life sucks, it will usually eventually get better. Stick around. Watch. Find at least one reason to keep living. Believe the lie if you need to." ~ Mentally_Ill_Goblin
"Everything will be okay.'"
"No it wont. It will spiral down, breakthrough the fence of self-confidence and fall into the pit of despair before crashing into the barrier or existential dread. The only reason we say this is to calm ourselves even when the odds are not in our favor." ~ Umbraldisappointment
Take the pictures.
"'There will still be time.' Don't put it off. Say the important things. Take the pictures. Listen to the people you love and cherish even the dull moments." ~ NoDisplay1842
it's just us...
"What we do frequently matters to no one but us. But sometimes it does, and you just never know. So it's likely better to live as everything you did was impactful, even if you somehow know it isn't." ~ tristero200
"That spice is poison. Your tongue thinks it’s a harmful like pain and causes this burning sensation. It’s useful in that it triggers those methods to try and calm them down, like more saliva, watering eyes, snot. All that. Granted, it never really works that well but it’s still useful." ~ Disastrous-Trainer-5
It's always better next year. Let's focus on this year. And let's try to be bit more honest.
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It's remarkable when Hollywood stereotypes and plot dynamics are replicated in real life. It's remarkable because it's rare, so when it does happen we lose our cynical outlook of movies as far-fetched flights of fancy.
And one of the classic archetypes is the treatment of popular kids.
We all had popular kids in our high school. Unfortunately, as the movies portray so willingly, that popularity often goes straight to their heads, leaving them rude and unkind, to put it lightly.
But sometimes, also just like the movie, karma finds a way. The real-life "popular jerks" encounter justice in the most satisying way imaginable.
Redditors who've witnessed those real life moments of karma recently weighed in on a thread.
flying_luckyfox asked, "How did the popular a**hole of your school get the taste of their own medicine?"
In many cases, the justice comes in the form of physical punishment. Sometimes, a good old clobbering is the most satisfying response to the popular jerk in question.
No One to Help When it Happened
"Middle school when the bell rang to change classes the hallways were a horrific traffic jam. Everyone suffered through trying to get to their lockers and the next class on time."
"Enter the a**hole popular guy, who thought it was funny to sneak up behind some unsuspecting student who's at his locker and smack the back of the student's head, causing the student to bang his head into his locker."
"A**hole guy got several warnings to stop, but he didn't. He thought it was so funny."
"Then one day he picked on the wrong student. A**hole guy got punched square in the face, fell down and lost a tooth. Not a single person, from teacher to student, came to his defense."
"When A**hole's parents came to the school all upset, everyone told them their son got what he deserved."
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
"He got kicked in the nuts five times in a row by the same kid" -- xXawsomeguyXx
"JOHNNY CAGE CRACKER" -- HeartAttackMemeGuy
"HE KEEPS KICKING ME IN THE D*CK! WHY? WHY DOES HE KEEP KICKING ME IN THE D*CK?!" -- Iceman6211
"I don't believe I've personally ever witnessed something as epic as that sounds , five times??" -- Quuaack
"She (white) called my friend the N word. My friend, this real skinny girl who was one of those kids who never ever ever had gotten in trouble, decked her square in the jaw and gladly took the out of school suspension."
"Same girl started feeling woozy during a blood drive I was volunteering at and I helped her over to one of those giant trash barrels to throw up in. She bent over and lost consciousness and fell into the trash. Literally."
When the Training Comes Out
"So in Junior High there was a kid we'll call him Mark and he would always pick on another kid Steve in gym.. Mark would do things like spray him with ax or slap the back of his head,"
"...one day Steve was carrying a book and Mark tried to take it but I guess Steve had been practicing Aikido or something cause one moment Mark's hand is on the book and by extension Steve's hand and the next Mark is laying on his back and Steve is calmly walking away"
"Popular a** hole (for some reason picked on me a lot) hated me and he got 4 people beat the shit out of me."
"Next day my brother (3 years older than me) a 6"5 giant freak of nature in one punch knocked him out Best. day. of. my. life"
Down Goes Toby
"There was this guy in my high school named Toby who was a massive douche but also popular due to being on the basketball team, loved to pick fights and play rough."
"Toby bit off more then he could chew when he elbowed this one classmate named Andy during PE playing a friendly game."
"After taking the hit, Andy just straight up decked Toby in the face , knocking him out and making lose three of his front teeth and a swollen lip. Toby learned his lesson and stopped being an asshole after that."
"Star quaterback tried to assault his girlfriend..."
"She was a golden glove boxer."
"She put him in the hospital for a week."
Other times, the karma comes in a psychological form. These moments involve a person being handled exactly how they treated others.
It's a kind of poetic equalizing.
The Last Can He Ever Stole
"The teacher wouldn't let one guy in my classroom to go to the restroom to pee so he peed in an Arizona can."
"When the bell rang the guy started heading to the restroom to empty the can and the biggest bully of the school bumped into him, took the can and, of course, sipped it."
"He soon realized it didn't taste like tea... It was glorious."
One Step Above
"Band was pretty popular where I lived. I mean there were super popular kids in band. They had a lot of hazing. I don't know their pecking order, but if someone 'senior' to you told you to do something band-related, you had to do it."
"There was this one chick who was the second-senior person in the whole band. She was always shi**ing on everyone every single day."
"One day, that one girl who was senior to her called her out and made her march all over the school in front of everyone and made her sing a bunch of chants and more. I wasn't even in band and it still seemed harsh to me."
The Teacher Jerk
"My teacher. She loved to use humiliation against me (I was severely depressed at the time and she thought I was a slacker). I'm a little person, and she would get me to turn off the lights for the projector, or to write on the whiteboard, only to feign ignorance and apologise when I struggled to reach."
"One day she crossed the line, and I went to the deputy head teacher. He decided to reprimand her, during a lesson, in front of her entire class, to give her a taste of humiliation, too."
"He copied my exams for English, Math, and Science in our junior year."
"Except he didn't know that I purposely put the wrong answers for 80% of the questions and then redid the exam after he turned his in."
"He failed all three classes miserably and when he confronted me to see if I failed too, I just shrugged and said we must have had different versions of the exam."
Watching Her Squirm
"A popular girl bullied me all through middle school, then in high school she sat next to me the day we were given one of those "read the directions" tests.
"She was not so wise as to read the directions.
"I got to sit there for ten sweet, sweet minutes watching her panic more and more over the ridiculous tasks the test asked of her."
Other dynamics of karma take a more subtle and longer-term trajectory.
In these cases, the difficulties of the long years of life that come after high school can be powerful reminders that high school is a small world, and the pecking order there doesn't necessarily mean much.
"Star athlete picked on the fat kids in gym. Fast forward a couple decades. He's fat and bald. Saw him using a Wal-Mart scooter recently, buying crap food."
"One of the kids he picked on got in shape, stayed that way and became a top tier endurance athlete. So sweet."
The Other Side of the Peak
"Never bullied me but apparently was a giant a**hole to everybody. Star football running back, had multiple scholarships to Division I. Then he broke his leg and all the offers evaporated."
"Went to a DIII school. Had a couple kids, got divorced, then posted all of his old scholarships to Facebook at age 40. Really sad to see."
"Literally argued with every single person on the reunion Facebook group, everyone told him how much they always hated him."
"He's now literally insane, posts 30-40 times a day on Facebook of foreign Instagram models with long diatribes about love and life translated into 10 different languages. Posts nearly-nude shots of himself also, most hyping himself up."
"A dark spiral."
Nothing Lasts Forever
"He was the most attractive boy in the school. Girls would literally fight to be his girlfriend."
"Then like Prince William, his free trial of hair and premium face expired and he got downgraded. Basically went from a PS5 to Mr Game and Watch over the course of 5 years"
Day In, Day Out
"The popular kids all stayed hot and married each other, but I imagine that having the exact same relationship and social circle since the age of 14 probably has a certain Groundhog Day element to it." -- botulizard
"Apparently this happened to the popular kids from my school too, only one dude worked his way around his friends' wives and now they all hate each other." -- BringBackRobotWars
Ideally, the person met nonviolent ends that made them reform their ways of rudeness into kidness.
But let's face it, that doesn't always happen. Instead, sometimes a sudden scheme comes together just right to give a taste of their own medicine.
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We spend so much of our lives wishing and praying to be anywhere else but where we are in the present. Now, granted, some people are in rough situations and they need to be anywhere else but, more often then not, we're just not appreciating the fact that we are standing on the spot that was meant for us. It's true we may not be where we wanted or have gotten what we thought we wanted but maybe we got exactly what we needed. That is an important distinction we tend to over look.Redditor u/Jaxerfp wanted to discuss all the times people came to realize how life worked out exactly how it should've by asking everyone to share.... Douglas Adams once wrote, "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be," how might this quote describe an experience in your life?
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While getting my degree, I was just taking classes that interested me that also had to do a little with my major. Turns out I was getting my minor in chemistry without even realizing it.
I got home once and absent-mindedly threw away my socks for no reason. I just took them off and put them in the trash. When I realized what I did, I dug through the trash only to find out that both socks had holes in them. Turns out they belonged in the trash anyway. I've never found a quote that described that situation more perfectly than this one.
When in Iraq
I was a certified Ford mechanic, 2008-2009 happened, and no work was coming in. Got a job offer to teach auto mechanics in Iraq to the new Iraqi army. As a result, I learned I have a passion for people trying to better their life. I ended up sponsoring my Iraqi interpreter to come to the US.
Since then I came back and finished my degree, and now am in learning design at an amazing company.
My Iraqi brother is now married here in the states to an amazing wife, and they have a kid. He has a great job and is finishing his degree as well.
Life can be an amazing journey.
Enjoy the ride.
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In high school, I went to a college prep catholic school and hated it. All because my parents wanted me to go there. Junior year I decided to stop wrestling after doing it for 2 and a half years (summer and spring wrestling) at this high school.
Coach decided to accuse me and teammates of doing molly although I had never seen it and only ever smoked. The school decided I wasn't a great fit and kicked me out. Ended up at a local public high school where I reconnected with a few friends from middle school. Had extremely helpful teachers and graduated. I realized I should have been at that local public high school from the start but it instantly felt like home.
In the 90s I lived in Springfield MO and absolutely loved it there. Never wanted to be anywhere else. My wife finished college and got a job in another state not far away. I didn't want to move there but did reluctantly. Within a couple of years, I absolutely loved it there. Made a ton of friends, had a great job, and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. Lived there 20 years and thought it would be where I die.
Last year we moved to Connecticut, again for my wife's job, and I love it here too and can't really imagine moving back. It turns out, it's not the place I live, but who I live with that matters. My wife is my home, and where she is, is where I need to be.
Edit: Thanks for all the awards and comments. I now understand what people mean when they write "my inbox blew up". I hope you all have a great holiday season and stay safe and healthy.
Never planned to divorce, never planned to leave Arizona, never planned to remarry, never planned to leave a career I loved, never planned to be hit by a car. I've done all of that in the last 2 years.
I completely rewrote my entire life and every plan I had in every way imaginable. Would not have it any other way.
My new husband and my new life are a level of happiness I've never known. Seriously even recovering from a serious injury and everything that has gone with that is better than my previous life because of who I have to love me now.
Where you are now....
People seem to think they'll only ever be happy when they reach a certain goal. "When X happens I'll be happy." I try to appreciate what I have right now and the journey I'm on. I may have an average car, rented house and little family but I LOVE all these things. Yes a ton of money would make it easier to buy things but I'm happy where I am right now & loving the journey.
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When I was younger I used to sleepwalk.
I slept walked straight to the end of the hall where there were two doors: one to the bathroom and one to my older brother's room. Opened the door, lifted the lid, and peed.
Turns out I had opened the door, lifted my brothers blanket, and peed.
Not where I intended, but I finally got back at that jerk for farting on me for years.
When the time is right....
It took several years to conceive our son. By the time he was 3 year old, we had tried many times with medical assistance for a second. We have up and started an adoption.
Well, after we got all the paperwork together and sent off to China, we found out my wife was expecting. Ok, we can deal with that. As my wife put it, "What's the worst that could happen?"
But the ultrasound showed that it was twins.
So my kids are 18, 14, 14 and 14 now.
It's not what we would have ever planned, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Edit: Ascribing it all to "Stress" seems to be common. That comes across telling them "It's all in your head", and blaming them for the years of infertility and often multiple miscarriages they have suffered. Dealing with infertility itself causes stress far more than Stress causes Infertility.
I love you past me....
I suffered an extreme trauma that took my legs. I also went through a month trapped in my own nightmares while in an induced coma. Needless to say, it is an experience I would never put anyone else through.
I came out the other side of that far more empathetic, patient, and understanding as well. The personality change is so drastic, people that knew me before say I'm an entirely different person. I'm a loving father as this new me. I met the love of my life as this new me. Despite how hard living in this body is, I love life more that ever.
If I could see into the past and alter what happened, I wouldn't. The suffering was horrific, but transformative. To become who I am now, the accident must happen. I'm sorry past me, but if I'm honest, you aren't a good person. I don't miss being you.
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Hurt people hurt people. But because you're a hurt person doesn't mean you have to take it out on the rest of us. Sorry, but if you come for me, I'm coming for you. Most bullies will retreat once you let them know.... your wrath is to be feared.
Redditor u/VinceDeezer wanted to hear some stories about taking down the coward that is Goliath by asking.... People of reddit, what was your revenge on a bully?