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We sometimes wish we could forget.

"What happened on the worst day of your life?" –– This was today's burning question from Redditor Anyau, who allowed the online community to share and commiserate over some dark and sometimes tragic situations.

Warning: Sensitive material ahead.


"I'd recently had a stroke."

I'd recently had a stroke. And one day shortly after, I woke up and everything had changed. I'm different. I'm nothing that resembles me before the stroke. In a bad way. I'm angry. I can't understand people anymore. I have massive and worsening brain fog.

But worst of all. I stopped loving my husband. We had been together 9 years. And I absolutely adored him. My light. My everything. You make me smile so much more than I ever imagined.

And it was gone. He wasn't in the limelight of my life. I'm 18 months post stroke and I finally feel for him again and don't want us to change. So we're progressing. But I struggle everyday to enjoy it. I struggle to feel like I belong to me. To my husband. To this body. To...me.

The worst day of my life began the day I had the first mini stroke. And it has never ended. Everything after has been pure pain and anger.

sailor_doctorwho

"I'm not sure..."

I'm not sure which was worse. They day we were told that by 3yo had Leukemia or after we had been through a year or so of treatment and were finally getting on to maintenance treatment when they told us he had relapsed and we had to start again, but it would be more intense with a lower chance of survival.

On the bright side, despite the obvious and clear path towards an even worse day, that day has not come.

Outerreefer1

"My husband..."

My husband sent me a text meant for another woman.

speecyspicymeatball

"My husband..."

My husband died when our son we tried a decade for was just 2 months old.

newnameold1was2gw

"I was 16."

I was 16. Just came back from the hospital at 3am where my mom was at in critical condition over an unknown illness in her lungs that came about only two days previously. I then went to sleep to regain my energy in order to go back to her and woke up at 6am to a text message telling me that she had passed. The text was an "extended family" text service that is usually used to announce births/engagements/marriages/weddings/graduations/promotions and... deaths in the family. I unsubscribed from the service shortly after.

bitterlemonada

"I was at work..."

I was at work and I had a friend call me and tell me to google a good friends name. He ended up killing his wife (who was also a childhood friend) and then he killed himself. There is so much more to the story but it was one of my darkest days. My legs couldn't carry me anymore and I collapsed in tears in my work.

grizzlyboob

"She was my best friend..."

My cat that I've had for the past 16 years had to be put down the other day. She was fine, then within a three day span she just wasn't. Turned out her kidneys were failing and she was just going to get worse and be in pain.

She was my best friend and the only one I felt comfortable talking with or crying to when I was upset. It's almost been a week since she's been gone and home still doesn't feel right without her.

Chesurisu

"We went to the doctor's office..."

We went to the doctor's office to hear the heart beat of our baby for the first time. We didn't hear anything. It was also my birthday. Don't really feel like celebrating my birthday anymore.

JayBird5456

"My brother died..."

My brother died in a car accident 3 days before his 19th birthday. He being the passenger. I was 16. What a horrible mind numbing day.

StickAndaDot

"Got a call..."

Got a call from my little brother's friend's mum telling me I should call our mum because my brother was on his way to the hospital after he had a really bad accident on his bike. His life was on the line and if he hadn't worn a helmet, he'd be gone now. He made a full recovery, thankfully, but my brother means everything to me and the thought of losing him kept me awake for days. Could barely sleep until he got out of the hospital. That shit broke me.

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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