13 Harsh Realities That Everyone Needs To Hear and Accept

Written By Elizabeth Ervin

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Do you have any harsh realities or life lessons that you think everyone needs to hear? You’re not alone. After someone asked an online forum for their best examples of these realities, here is what they had to say.

1. Disability Can Happen in an Instance

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The number one voted response reads, “You can become disabled unexpectedly at any point in your life. Make sure you’re taking advantage of the abilities you have while you have them.” Several people confirm tragedies striking at any time.

2. Some People Don’t Care

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Another massive truth states, “Some people will hurt you, and they won’t care how you feel about it.” I learned this one too late in life, and I can tell you, it’s worth learning that lesson the first time and moving on.

3. You’re Not Always the Good Guy

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That’s right, baby, sometimes you’re the bad guy. It hurts to realize that you are often the bad guy in the stories of people you love the most. As one parent shares, “My two-year-old said he was done with his cheeseburger. I knew that was untrue, but I ate the remaining quarter anyway. Five minutes later, he was devastated.”

4. Love Can Be a One-Way Street

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One user mentions, “You can love someone with all of your heart and not be loved back in the same way.” Another adds, “Also, truly being in love with someone and letting someone love you because it’s the comfortable and easy thing to do are two different things.”

5. Life Is Unfair

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“Bad things can happen to good people, and good things can happen to bad people. It’s unfair. It’s life,” laments one. An Office fan shares a favorite scene, “One of the best scenes from The Office. Ryan: ‘I just don’t know what I did wrong.’ Dwight: “Not everything’s a lesson, Ryan. Sometimes you just fail.'”

6. Not Everyone Likes You

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And that is OK. Someone explains, “Some people won’t like you for very arbitrary reasons or for no reason at all. It takes way too much of your energy trying to make people like you. Use that energy on yourself and your loved ones.”

7. Sometimes You Lose

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Another user shares a Star Trek reference, “It is possible to make no mistake and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.’ Sometimes you need to accept you did everything within your power right, and it still went bad. And remember that this isn’t something to beat yourself up over. These things happen.”

8. Family Doesn’t Equal Love and Loyalty

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“Just because someone is your family doesn’t mean they have your best interests at heart,” explains one. When people bring up toxic parents, one adds, “Having kids is easy being a parent takes work.”

9. People Don’t Think About You

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“People don’t think about you as much as you think they do,” suggests one. “That means that your feelings might be ignored or not considered. People will forget things about you and might not remember things you’ve done together that were memorable for you. That can be hard to realize.”

10. You Don’t Realize You’re In The Good Ole Days

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“You don’t realize the best times as they are happening,” one notes. A second fan of The Office quotes Andy Bernard, aka Nard Dog, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”

11. Nobody is Coming To Save You

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“Nobody is coming to save you. You have to do it yourself,” one explains. Another admits, “This is the biggest lesson I’ve learned in my life. The only person you can really rely on is yourself.”

12. Actions Aren’t Always Reciprocated

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Someone suggests, “Just because you go out of your way for people, it doesn’t mean they will do the same for you.” Oof. I learned this one the hard way, as did many others in the forum.

13. Life Isn’t Perfect If You’re a Good Person

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Finally, a user states, “Life is not automatically easier just because you’re a good person. Expecting life to treat you well because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge at you because you are vegetarian.”

Source: Reddit.

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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.