40 Hard Truths Of Life People Wish Were Discussed More Openly

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Life is a series of lessons from the day we are born. We go to school for our basic education but it’s only once we step out into the working world that we realize the bitter truth. We aren’t necessarily taught everything that we need to know to live a successful life during our formative years. 

Recently a thread on Reddit went viral when someone asked, ”What is a hard truth that you believe should be taught early on in life?” People felt many things could have been taught earlier that may have helped them make better decisions in the long run. Scroll below to read their opinions on the matter in the gallery below.

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#1 What freedom of speech really means. Just because you *can* say it, doesn’t mean you’re free from the repercussions of it.

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#2 No one will care more about you than you. Know thyself and start advocating for yourself early on. Watch after your health, the people you surround yourself with, your job, it’s all going to affect you so much. Also, don’t try to find happiness through your partner. Have your own hobbies and joy, add them to your party. Don’t make them responsible for it ❤️.

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#3 You are no more special than the billions of other people in the world. They all have their own stories just like you do.

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#4 Life is mostly about picking up least worst options rather than picking the best option.

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#5 The way you treat your body now will affect how you feel decades from now. Poor diet, not exercising, not sleeping enough, performing dangerous activities without taking safety precautions, etc. will eventually catch up with you and make your life miserable.

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#6 If you wouldn’t take someone’s advice, why take their criticism?

Edit to clarify: I mean this in reference to a specific individual. For example, bullying. I mean this to say you wouldn’t go to the bully for advice, their words don’t hold value, they aren’t trustworthy. So if you wouldn’t take their advice, why internalize their criticism?
Same could be said for a hyper-critical parent or family member.

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#7 You aren’t entitled to anything. I see too often people who think they are the main character and should be pandered to.

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#8 Making a situation fair isn’t the same as making a situation better.

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#9 You can think someone is strange without being rude or violent to them. Some people are unusual and that’s okay.

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#10 “It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose.” Jean-Luc Picard.

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#11 The basics of money management. Because throughout your life, money matters. It influences every aspect of your life. MONEY MANAGEMENT! if you do not have much, you should be able to manage it! If you have a lot, you should be able to manage it.

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#12 There is always, always something you don’t know. About people, about situations, about everything. If you knew that thing, it might make all the difference in your opinions. Also, don’t trust your snap judgements.

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#13 It’s not all about you.

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#14 Actions/choices have consequences. Own the consequences. Also.. S**t happens.

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#15 Healing doesn’t have to be so sudden and complete. Its okay to move on while still having that void.

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#16 Life is not fair, and you have no right to expect it to be fair.

Trust is earned in drops and lost in buckets.

People who are good with money tend to have better lives than people who are terrible with money. Financial stability will lead to a smoother life with fewer obstacles. I’ve seen good marriages ruined over money issues.

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#17 You can be the kindest person ever & people will still hate you.

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#18 Adults aren’t always right, and they’re often as confused and clueless as you are. This includes your parents, so seek second and third opinions when planning any significant life choices. Older doesn’t automatically mean wiser.

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#19 That you can’t actually be whatever you want in life.

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#20 Your teachers at school are paid to tolerate and humour you. In the real world, people will not be.

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#21 You will meet people who won’t like you but that’s okay.

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#22 Wear sunscreen.

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#23 I don’t know if this is necessarily a “hard truth”, but I feel that it’s an important one. I’ll do my best to explain it.

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It’s easy to get wrapped up in your own experience, and feel like no one has ever felt the way you do, or could possibly have it worse.

But then you see others enduring circumstances much worse than yours: illness, suffering, unimaginable tragedy. And you may feel guilty, for having self pity when others in the world are having an objectively more difficult time.

You can hold two seemingly opposing ideas in your mind at the same time: yes, their situation is horrible, but in its own way, yours is, too.

Everyone has a right to their own experience. There is no gatekeeping “awful”. That’s not to say you should let your problems be a crutch, but it’s also doing yourself a disservice to say how you feel doesn’t matter. Feel it fully, and then move on. Have compassion for yourself as well as others.

#24 It’s always okay to try and fail

Atleast you had the courage to try rather than to sit back.

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#25 Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people.

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#26 The HR department at any company is not on your side.

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#27 That you will one day die and that’s the end of your consciousness, so you should make the most of the time you have. So many people waste their lives on religious nonsense when they could be happy instead.

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EDIT: The fact that religious people downvote this while providing NO rebuttal just proves me right.

EDIT 2: Again, see how this is getting downvoted with no logical argument that I’m wrong? This proves my point.

#28 The people you trust the most may be the ones that hurt you the most.

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#29 Prettier people have easier lives in almost every conceivable way.

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#30 You can’t always get what you want, even if you say please.

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I’m a preschool teacher and even though we teach kids that sharing is good, we also teach them that if you are not finished with something, you don’t have to let someone else use it. And vice versa, you gotta wait your turn, and sometimes you don’t even get a turn. That’s life.

#31 Many people in our society are terrible. Someone being nice does not mean they are a “good” person. Never count on people to do the right thing. Most people will go with the crowd over doing the right thing.

Anyone can be flipped against you and most likely it will the people closest to you that you trust the most.

Blood does not mean family.

Most of your friends are not really your friends. .

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#32 People don’t stop cheating and being dishonest just cause they are adult. Especially at work. Hard work doesn’t get rewarded, it’s whoever is liked best by management that will get the promotion not who deserves it. Also a lot of big companies don’t have their s**t together and still make a profit. You can be a small clerk and realise how incompetent all the people above you are. It’s frustrating.

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#33 People will judge you based on your looks.

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#34 You will be lied to, and you will believe it. It happens to everyone.

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But the most insidious liar in your life will likely be you. You will lie to yourself, and you’ll believe it, because you know exactly what kind of b******t you will believe, and you *want to* believe it.

Just one cookie.

He’d never cheat.

I’m sober enough to drive.

My boss can’t do without me.

I’ll be fine on 2 hours sleep

12 cookies, he might, no you’re not, he’ll still fire you, and no you won’t.

Nobody can lie to you like you can. Be wary.

#35 Wear a helmet. If there are helmets made for what you’re going to do , there is a very good reason. So use that knowledge to your advantage and wear one.

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#36 Say what you mean. Mean what you say. Keep your word.Your word is your law. If you don’t have integrity, you are nothing,.

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#37 Not making a decision is a decision.

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#38 No matter how good you are at your job, the ‘company” itself doesn’t love you, and you have to do what’s best for you. I’ve spent too many years feeling like I couldn’t leave because my boss was great and I loved my job. But at the end of the day the company will survive without you. And if there are opportunities that will make your life more fulfilling, you can’t stay just to make others happy.

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#39 Assume that nobody, not even closest family will be there for your in the toughest of times. It’ll save a lot of disappointment later and help you find who the real ones who care for you are.

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#40 If you constantly get upset over someone who refuses to change, you also refuse to change.

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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