Have you ever walked into your fashion clothing store and found that the favorite shirt you had your eye on was finally on sale only to discover at the checkout counter that the wrong price tag was on it?
Yeah, not fun.
But you knew in your gut the slashed pricing was too good to be true.
Variations of this example are all too common, and to hear of more examples, Redditor No-Boysenberry-9396 asked strangers online:
"What is something you thought was 'too good to be true' until you realized what it really was?"
Few people get paid doing what they truly love.
But even these Redditors begged to differ.
Tedious Dream Jobs
"Dream jobs are still tedious af. Loved learning to code, then spent every day making forms for websites. I love furniture making, days of sanding and finishing after you’ve done the fun part. I’m an architect, construction details, HOA requirements, liability, half the job is to have a drawing to point to if a contractor f'ks up so you don’t get sued."
More Dogs, Please
"Professional illustrator, every client wants cars and buildings in the drawings. Not nearly enough dogs in these scripts!"
These Redditors were optimistic after being presented with amazing prospects.
Free Wardrobe Scam
"As a teen I was visiting London and I took some time to wander around Kensington while my parents were doing some shopping nearby. All of a sudden, this big car pulls up beside me and opens its rear door."
"A guy comes out and compliments me on my fashion sense. A t-shirt from a church-league baseball team, baggy jeans and an akubra. I was a bit confused because even I knew my fashion sense was sh*t."
"He tells me that he is a fashion designer on his way back from Harrod's with his designer friends and they were on their way to the airport. They realized that their designer clothes that had been on display were going to be way over the baggage allowance for their flight and they had decided to give them away to some random passers-by just for fun."
"I thought that was nice of them. They asked me what I wanted, so I asked if they had any nice jackets in my style. They started bringing out these clothes and showing me. It was fun and exciting. For a few minutes."
"Then one of them said that he'd forgotten to pick up the cash for the car they had hired to take them to the airport. The lead guy said that he was sure that I would be willing to pay for the clothes, since they were such a discount on designer, brand name clothes."
"I was confused and told him that I thought they were free. I didn't have any money. Then they started asking what my daily withdrawal limit was. I told them I was a tourist and my card didn't even work in British ATMs, my parents paid for everything."
"Suddenly, they threw everything back into the car, jumped in and peeled off. I was pretty naïve at the time and didn't parse what had happened until later."
Promise Of Endless Brewski
"All the beer I could drink to use my truck to help someone move. 'we have plenty of help in loading and unloading'"
"had to help load and unload."
"I moved to a new city for a job. The area had a pretty high cost of living but I ended up finding a very affordable room for rent in someone's house. When I went to see it, it was a very nice, well maintained house and the owner was very friendly. I kept thinking 'let me guess, the other tenant is a serial killer or something?'"
"Well, he wasn't a serial killer but he was a 40 year old, unemployed alcoholic who, in the 45 minutes I was in the house, threw a massive temper tantrum because the landlord/homeowner had accidentally forgotten to clean out the lint trap after doing laundry. I'm talking foot stomping, nasally whining like a little kid who was denied dessert. That was when I realized why the rent was so cheap. Told the guy I'd think about it and never contacted him again. It was worth paying more to live with actual adults and not an entitled manchild."
Red Flag Option
"Two years ago when I was on Covid furlough from my day job, I was looking around for other options just in case my job ended."
"First interview offer I got, I should have been tuned into the various red flags. But I had nothing else going on so I showed up."
"Turned out to be a cattle call for one of the more insidious MLM companies."
Some people found true love. Others, however, didn't luck out as much.
"My boyfriend. He was too nice, too kind, did too much for me. He asked me about my day and actually wanted to hear everything I wanted to say. He asked where I wanted to eat and actually wanted to go to the place I wanted, instead of wanting me to say the place he wanted. He wanted to give me a bubble bath and a massage without expecting anyting in return. He wanted to give me an orgasm even if it took an hour."
"Seemed really sus until I realized.... that I was in the first healthy relationship with a genuinely good person I've ever been in."
"Mine started similar and i couldn't believe that i finally met a nice guy who truly cared for me but turns out he was a narcissist who destroyed my soul and my mental health. Now i'm afraid that if i really do meet a nice guy who cares for me, i won't be able to trust that and will destroy the relationship with my suspicion and distrust."
Gotta Love Yourself First
"Yep! My story on the nose! Narcissistic parents, toxic family, every single relationship I'd ever had, and most friendships, were one sided, emotional black holes. Wasn't until the pando that I spent so much time alone with myself that I started to like myself. Once I started liking myself I started questioning all the personal relationships I'd ever had: If I'm not complete garbage then why did my parents treat me like I was?"
"If I'm not worthless, why did I let my husband get away with treating me like I was? I started educating myself about recovering from narcissistic abuse, going to therapy, etc, and decided I was going to start being unapologetically myself from then on. The first date I went on after that was my boyfriend, over a year ago now. I was smitten, he was smitten, and for the first time in my life I knew I was with someone who liked ME, not the 'please like me I'll do anything if you'll just like me' character I'd been playing my whole life."
After Saying, "I Do"
"My first marriage. Didn't realize how manipulative he really was until I kicked him out."
The examples above are a good reminder that if something innately feels like it's too good to be true, that's because it is.
Our gut is there for a reason.
It's up to us to be open to hearing the rumblings deep within our core indicating that there may be red flags on our road to Dreamland.
There are just some actions we never grow out of.
When it's time to grow up... grow up.
Let's discuss the signs and scenarios we should know about.
Redditor Grouchy-Trip9582 wanted the grown ups reading to listen up and act their age.They asked:
"What is a childish behaviour adults do that makes you cringe?"
Why do some children behave better than adults? It makes no sense. Let's hear some explaining.
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"Getting mad when someone tells them 'No.'"
"At the bakery where I work, we offer free cookies to kids under 12 as long as they have a parent with them. As you can imagine, we run out quickly. I've seen a couple of adults scream and cry after telling them we've run out of cookies, like I've just run over their puppy or something. The kids usually just shrug it off and walk away."
"Yelling at their children on the subway basically having a tantrum as the actual child silently stares or spaces out."
"It’s the most upsetting reaction for me to see when a kid is being yelled at, honestly. Because most of the time you just know it’s such a common happening and they’re so used to it this is the way they cope."
"I know I’m not a perfect parent and I lose my temper here and there but I truly hope I don’t get to this point or where others see me as this type of parent. I think a lot of those parents, though, are also victims who haven’t figured out how to end the cycle of abuse/poor treatment. It is how they were raised so it is all they know and that is also sad. Trauma creating more trauma. :( "
"Getting mad at or demeaning cashiers/fast food workers."
"I wouldn't even call this 'childish' behavior, because kids generally don't even do this. It is only done by overly-entitled adults with superiority complexes and impulse control."
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"My mother sticks her fingers in her ears and goes 'lalalala' whenever someone is proving her wrong. All the time. Consistently."
Oh, I've lost track of how many times I've met these people. How are these adults?
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"The inability to apologize/admit when they are wrong... I just think it's so strange. Like... No one expects you to be perfect."
"Blame others instead of taking responsibility for their actions."
"When people refuse to take accountability it is literally the worst. Even something as simple as, 'My God, you’re right. I’m so sorry I’m not sure what I was thinking.' Can really do so much to repair and mend relationships with others."
"This is not childish, this is manipulation."
"I was at Sports Authority for the final clearance sale. They had three weeks left until their doors closed for good so there were only about four employees left on staff and they had all completely run out of f**ks to give. Well this one lady pushes her way to the front of the line saying 'I had to wait so long to get help out there I shouldn’t have to wait in line.'"
"The woman at the register ignores her and continues to check out a different customer. Impatient lady tosses her things on the counter so the employee pushes them to the side and says 'I can help the next person in line' naturally impatient lady loses it completely, yelling at the employee; you know the drill 'speak to your manager, customer is always right, call corporate, I’m a busy woman with places to go' entitled person's greatest hits."
"The manager walks over to defuse the situation impatient lady starts yelling and the guy behind her in line (whom she cut in front of) steps in to explain she tried to jump the line and the cashier was just helping those who had already been waiting."
"The cashier looks at her manager with a ‘what are you gonna do? Fire me?’ Face. The manager looks at impatient lady and says 'you can either wait in line like everybody else or you can leave' she looked for a second like she was going to explode but just stormed out. It was amazing watching retail workers be able to say the things you know they wanted to say to every difficult customer."
"Having a screaming match like kids on playground."
"Some of my neighbours are like this, having huge screaming matches in the parking lot of their building or out on their balcony. It's like they want the world to witness their argument, which makes it feel extremely performative. Like they're not arguing because of a real disagreement, they're arguing for the benefit of their audience. I can't even raise my voice in public, so this mentality is very alien to me."
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"My mom’s piece of crap boyfriend flipping over a table and storming out of a restaurant because they wouldn’t give him a discount for some bulls**t reason he made up. He was always asking to talk to the manager to get discounts and free stuff. Usually he’d get it too because those people aren’t paid enough to deal with angry morons like him. He died a few years ago fortunately."
Did y'all read carefully? Grow up.
On occasion, all of us look in a mirror and wish there was something about our physical characteristics that was different.
Being a few inches taller, having a different hair color, maybe a smaller nose.
But then, as we continue to stare at our reflection, we might suddenly realize there are some things about ourselves which we don't mind at all.
In fact, we might even be proud of our eye color, the shape of our ears, or having an enviable jawline.
For most people, finding their best attribute might not be so difficult to determine, owing to slim pickings.
But for those blessed with good genetics, choosing their best physical trait might be a bit more difficult.
Redditor askredditiscool was curious to hear what people with enviable genetics considered their best physical quality, leading them to ask:
"People who have 'won the genetic lottery' what qualities do you have?"
Come and get me!
"I'm not allergic to mosquito spit."
"So they bite me and I feel the pin prick, but I never get that red swollen itchy-as-hell welt."
"I also apparently taste bad enough to them that they will go for anyone else in the area before me."
"Ticks, on the other hand, will hunt me for f*cking miles."- open_door_policy
Million Dollar Smile
"No wisdom teeth!"
"The trade off is the ticking time bomb that is my cancer genetic..."- Opin88
"My teeth are nearly perfect."
"Whenever I switch dentists, they are a bit stunned at the first appointment."
"My husband hates me for it."- BilobaBabyHappy Dance GIF by benjamin lemoineGiphy
"I can actually lick my elbow."- Soulerous
"At age 72 I've fallen several times in the last few year, low blood pressure, and have never broken a bone in my life."- Duegatti
"O mio babbino Caro..."
"Perfect pitch."- HeliomobAnna Kendrick Movie GIF by Pitch PerfectGiphy
Pure blood indeed!
"Not a single blood related person who had or has cancer for at least 3 generations."
"Meaning parents, grand parents and grand grand parents and all their children and children's children."
"Or any other inheritable disease."- yohoho_99
Sleeping Beauty ain't got nothing on me...
"I inherited the Sleep Button gene from my grandfather."
"When I want to fall asleep, I just... do ...in a matter of minutes."
"I haven't struggled with falling asleep/waking up more than ten times in my entire lifetime."
"I can't nap for sh*t."- VertebrateCrossing
I got time...
"Not sure yet but like I may live a really long time."
"People on my mom's side just have exceptional lifespans."
"My great grandma got in a bad fire at age 45 and had third-degree burns everywhere."
"No one thought she'd recover or live very long."
"Out of pure spite for the husband she has been separated with for 23 years, she lived till she was 96."
"This was in India and she was upper lower-class."
"Meaning the healthcare was sh*tty."
"My great great grandpa lived till he was around 116."
"He maintained his capability and independence till the very end."
"In his last few years, he started to lose his eyesight and hearing but he still cooked his own food, bathed himself, did the house chores, etc."
"My grandpa is at 78 right now and he'll hopefully remain in good health."- a-lovelyy-ladyyOld Lady Dancing GIF by MattielGiphy
Some people are just born lucky.
True, it's what's inside that counts.
Which doesn't mean we don't still wish we had perfect teeth every now and then...
Self-awareness is a strong and admirable quality which far too few people have.
Particularly as those who are truly self-aware are often willing and able to admit when they're wrong, or if there is something about their personality which could, and probably should, be changed.
Truth be told, it doesn't take a great deal of self-awareness to realize and acknowledge your less than admirable traits.
More than likely, these are the things about ourselves that we've likely hoped we might change for a very long time.
Redditor sound-hub was eager to hear people share their least admirable qualities, leading them to ask:
"What's one bad trait about you?"
Give people some closure!
"I never finish the things that I"- BadAndNationwide
I just can't stop
"Having an addictive personality."
"If there's an activity or substance that triggers dopamine release, I'll probably take it to an extreme."- DeathSpiral321
I don't want to get out of bed..
"My laziness will be the death of me."- A_R_K_SKevin James Eating GIF by TV LandGiphy
I can't, I'll never be able to...
"Pessimism and lack of confidence."- Iamnothuman77
"I lack confidence."
"I constantly try to get reassurance or double checks on my decisions before making them."
"It has helped me to avoid making certain mistakes but I feel like if I was more confident in myself, I'd be better off."- HumbleOwl
I don't need the help, so stop asking!
"I’m too prideful."
"I don’t ask for help when I need it and make myself miserable powering through a sh*tty task or situation."
"It’s a problem."
"I’m trying to break myself of it."- like5or6
"I got no patience.. non.. nada."- shine_hunterWaiting Patiently GIF by General HospitalGiphy
Do you think they'll like it? Oh I hope they do...
"I’m too much of a people pleaser."- Positive-Help6449
I'd rather not say...
"I don’t talk."- TheCowOfArdonia
"I use sarcasm too often."- The_StankyBootMaggie Smith Sarcasm GIF by Downton AbbeyGiphy
It's brave to admit the things about yourself that could be improved.
But it's important that this is how you feel, and not how others perceive you.
Only then should you even begin to think about changing any part of yourself.
It's hard not to look back in life on some things we wish we handled them differently.
Some of these are relatively minor, like wishing we chose a different hotel on a vacation, or being a bit more friendly to certain people in middle school.
But sometimes, we look back on decisions we made, and wonder if our lives might be different had we not made certain decisions, or behaved in a certain way.
Redditor lillyrosebennet was curious to hear what the Reddit community regrets most in their lives, leading them to ask:
"What do you regret?"
Who care's what other people think?
"Putting my self worth into the hands of others."- scaryboilednoodles
Oh, what could have been...
"Not realizing this beautiful girl in high school was flirting with me."- South_Ad8256
Take your life and education seriously
"Not going to class nearly enough my freshman year of college."
"I dug myself a HUGE hole because I thought it was a better idea to drink on weeknights, play Starcraft, and hang out bullsh*tting in people's dorm rooms until 4am than actually attend lectures and do work."- DaisyCutter312
"Not taking my life seriously at a younger age."- ogue-Jedi
Learning more about others
"Not talking more to my grandma about her life."
"She's passed not long ago and even though I was there at least once a month in the last year, which is not so little regarding the distance, I just wish I had asked more about how she was like, when she was my age."
"She wrote a memoir and she has lots of diaries, but I think she started writing them later on."
"I was just so scared of making her relive her trauma."
"But I really miss her and I wish we could've had more time to talk."- MyCatIsUpsiideDown
There's a reason it didn't work
Going back to exes that treat me poorly just because it’s comfortable."
"It’s not my job to fix people or save morons from their own stupidity."
"It’s like I always think I can fix it when it’s clear they’re just toxic and incapable of healthy relationships."
"Then I feel even worse when it falls apart the second time."- SupportMoist
It's not so difficult to listen
"Not communicating enough in my relationship."
"My overthinking ruined it some more."- Ok_Moose235
Caring for my body
"Smoking cigarettes."- rowfeh
Missing the chance to make things right.
"The last words I said to my dad when I was 9, was 'I hate you'."
"It was over a stupid little misunderstanding."
"He passed away the next morning, and I will never forgive myself for that."- DismalSplit5792
Finding more lucrative employment.
"Getting a degree in a 'helping field' (therapy/social work) rather than getting one that pays well and helping others from that comfortable position."
"It's very difficult providing assistance and guidance for others when you can't afford to go to the doctor, the dentist, or even your own therapist, let alone ever afford a vacation or anything meaningful."- HiCommaJoel
It's hard not to have those "coulda, woulda, shoulda" moments in life.
But even if some things can't be changed or undone, it's important to remember that improving one's life can't be done looking back.
Instead, we have to learn from our past mistakes, to make wiser decisions moving forward.