20 Moments When People Understood Some Basic And Obvious Things A Little Late In Life

Published 1 year ago

It’s never too late to learn new things. However, when you realize that everyone around you already knows about something that took you a long time to figure out, it might feel a bit embarrassing. There is nothing to be embarrassed though – sometimes people tend to miss obvious things and today we have gathered many examples of that.

A Reddit user recently asked people “What did you learn at an embarrassingly late age?” and many interesting stories were shared in the Reddit thread. Scroll below to read some of those answers, and feel free to share your own story in the comments below.

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Image source: VivaLaVict0ria, Pixabay

“Doves are literally just white pigeons.

Not similar, or related to, the exact same bird.

Pigeons with white privilege.”


Image source: bethebumblebee, Leandro Boogalu

“Exercising does actually feel good and it’s not just pretentious claims made by fit af influencers!”


Image source: pnw-milf, Dương Nhân

“That if I am unfulfilled as an individual my partner will never be able to fulfill me either. Similar to if you don’t love yourself you can’t unconditionally love others.”


Image source: 579red, Karolina Grabowska

“« Everything worth doing is worth doing half-a*s ». You can do a part of something it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can clean a room and not the whole house. You can eat a salad with your burger. We have a tendency to be « everything has to be done 110% » or it’s not worth it. I think about people who laugh at people taking a diet soda with a burger: well why the hell not? You don’t have to be all in 100% and that makes the pressure more bearable sometimes!”


Image source: BrittLee8, Andrea Piacquadio

“What getting tires rotated actually means.

Also that the line in Billy Joel’s “We didn’t start the fire” is “trouble in the Suez” not “trouble in the sewers.””


Image source: HRPunsNStuff, Max Vakhtbovych

“TV screens are measured diagonally.”


Image source: anon, SHVETS production

“Friend breakups can hurt just as much, if not more, than romantic ones.”


Image source: imnotyourproblemyet, Lisa Fotios

“That it’s ok to take a day for me.”


Image source: homeslicehanny, Pavel Danilyuk

“My own worth.”


Image source: Catulllus

“A consistent sleep schedule and plenty of sleep every night actually works. It won’t cure your depression/chronic illness/various maladies, but it makes it much easier to face them in the morning. And when I say morning, I mean it: even if you’re semi-nocturnal like me, it is so much easier to get important stuff done during the day.

This is the most annoying realisation I’ve had all year, but brains simply work better when they are rested and refreshed.”


Image source: happyhippo237, Jens Mahnke

“Replace your pillows every 1–2 years. Lots of mold and allergens get stuck in there. I finally stopped feeling sick when I changed them out.”


Image source: anon, Polina Tankilevitch

“If you’re going to take inappropriate selfies, disable the photo sync to your mom’s icloud first.”


Image source: marylikestodraw, Daniel Reche

“Jogging slowly is still running.”


Image source: nat_lite, cottonbro studio

“That cows only produce milk after they’ve had a baby. Farmers forcibly impregnate them and take their calves away so they can sell the milk to humans. I always thought they just made milk all the time, which seems stupid in retrospect.”


Image source: OpinionatedNonsense, Andrea Piacquadio

“It’s “piqued my interest,” not “peaked.””


Image source: anon, Phil Nguyen

“Quality matters more than quantity when it comes to friends.

I started to notice that most of my friends weren’t really my friends, only drinking buddies, and it hindered my process of getting sober for awhile. i didn’t want to lose them. but then i realized that if they couldn’t be with me in my sobriety journey, they couldn’t be in my life at all.

I’m 67 days into cutting back, and twelve days into not touching alcohol at all. my life is better without those people. i only have three friends now but it’s worth it. the support and encouragement i get from them outweighs the sadness of losing everyone else.”


Image source: pettybettyluv, JESHOOTS.com

“Not to mess with my birth control, the hormone unbalance was a unpleasant experience.”


Image source: anon, Karolina Grabowska

“How to budget my money…. I’ve cycled in and out of debt for years, could have been really ahead, never knew. Someone taught me and I’m blown away at how remarkably “easy” it is now that I know.”


Image source: brittanydude, Ron Lach

“I didn’t know how much of an impact making my bed in the morning had on me.”


Image source: No_Arm604, Odonata Wellnesscenter

“It’s better to be alone than in an unfulfilling/abusive relationship.

Don’t continue dating someone if you constantly think “give it time, things might get better”. That puts you in a never ending loop that becomes more difficult to get out of as time goes on.”

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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