20 Moments When People Understood Some Basic And Obvious Things A Little Late In Life
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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“Doves are literally just white pigeons.
Not similar, or related to, the exact same bird.
Pigeons with white privilege.”
“Exercising does actually feel good and it’s not just pretentious claims made by fit af influencers!”
“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.”
“« 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!”
“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.””
“TV screens are measured diagonally.”
“Friend breakups can hurt just as much, if not more, than romantic ones.”
“That it’s ok to take a day for me.”
“My own worth.”
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“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.”
“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.”
“If you’re going to take inappropriate selfies, disable the photo sync to your mom’s icloud first.”
“Jogging slowly is still running.”
“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.”
“It’s “piqued my interest,” not “peaked.””
“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.”
“Not to mess with my birth control, the hormone unbalance was a unpleasant experience.”
“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.”
“I didn’t know how much of an impact making my bed in the morning had on me.”
“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.”