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When determining how to spend our life in a way that feels worthy, many place a heavy emphasis on experiences. We want to die with scars and stories.


And sticking our necks out inevitably leads to a whole lot of struggle. But that doesn't mean we wouldn't do the same thing the very next day if we could go back.

Some things, though we'll never do them again, were too important an experience to pass up.

Redditor JackIrishJack asked:

"What should you do once, but not twice?"

Many people talked about the life experiences, big and small, that influenced their outlook. They recommend people go through some discomfort to gain important awareness.

A Capacity for Empathy

"Working in the food industry I feel like everybody should do it once so they can have a respect for food workers but it's also a hell I never want to go through again"

-- Drywalleater03

Paying for a Daydream

"Buy a lottery ticket"

"You're not going to win, but buying a lottery ticket gives you the chance to dream and pretend. Having a second lottery ticket isn't going to make your dreams more vivid."

-- MarriedForLife

Plenty of Implications

"Visit Auschwitz. I firmly believe everyone should go visit it so as to not forget what humans are capable of doing to each other. But no need to visit twice. Once was enough for me."

-- The_Chuckie

Others brought up things which, if done twice, would be a sure sign that something is very very wrong.

Supposed To Be Permanent

"Learning how to walk. The first time - good on you. Having to relearn a second time means something went terribly wrong."

-- Newtonsmum

Only Two Sets

"Lose all of your teeth" -- Outrageous_Cream_112

"Haha I had to think about this for a second" -- ApplesauceDoctr

Don't Wanna Find Yourself There Too Often

"Get beaten half to death breaks the concepts of your limits. Second time breaks the spirit. Third time is overkill."

-- InquisitiveNerd

Others apparently viewed the question as an opportunity for a little cleverness.

If You're Good

"Cut...you measure twice before." -- wxguy215

"For me its more like 'measure twice, make sure it's just a teeny bit too long then go back and shave it off little by little until it wedges in perfectly' " -- pistpuncher3000

As the Saying Goes

"Fool me" -- Thia_suzieUzi

"FOOL ME THREE TIMES FU** THE PEACE SIGN LOAD THE CHOPPA LET IT RAIN ON YOU" -- nixusthegod

Only a Couple to Work With

"Donate a kidney" -- RealisticDelusions77

"Donate one kidney, you're a hero. Donate two kidneys, you're a corpse. Donate three kidneys, you're a felon." -- Drach88

Physically Devastating

"Be born. Going through the birthing process again would probably kill my mother." -- cylonrobot

Here's hoping we can all find the healthy balance between living a full, experienced life and punishing ourselves a little too much.

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