12 People Admit the Common Knowledge They Learned Way Too Late in Life

Hey, we all learn certain things a little too late in life, so don’t beat yourself up about it!

Am I going to admit my big whopper right now?

Hell no!

But these AskReddit users were nice enough to admit to the common knowledge that they learned way too late in life.

This is gonna be fun!

1. Better late than never.

“Basic living skills

My parents were hoarders and neglected me growing up, we lived in filth and wore dirty clothes, rarely bathed etc. So I never learned what goes into keeping a house clean, or good hygiene practices, or the basic skills needed for normal life.

I know “in theory” how to do those things now, but the underlying core organizational, management, etc skills still aren’t there. It’s kinda hard to explain but it just feels like there will always be a gap for me.”

2. Words to live by.

“Tell the police nothing.

Tell the paramedic everything.”

3. Keep an eye on it.

“That you need to regularly check and top up the fluids in your car. I bought my first car at 16, a cheap old beater, and knew nothing about cars other than gas makes it go.

Found out the hard way that it had other required fluids that I had neither checked nor filled. Broke down on the highway and fucked up my engine.”

4. Oops.

“You can’t get lazy with birth control just because you turn 40.

Signed, Middle Aged Mom of a newborn.”

5. Life summed up.

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose.

That is not a weakness. That is life.”

6. That took a while.

“When tying your shoes, the direction of the loop before you knot matters.

Most of my life my laces were constantly getting loose throughout the day until well into adulthood.”

7. Yup.

“Never make an important decision if you are hungry or horny.

Both have a massive impact on your decision making abilities.”

8. Remember this.

“Never lie to:

your lawyer

your accountant

your psychologist.”

9. Gotta do it.

“That you need to get pretty good at managing your own health, your finances and your career.

Even if this means choosing the right professionals to work with.”

10. Boom!

“You can take the silverware holder out of the dishwasher and set it on the counter to put them away, rather than bending down over and over to get a handful at a time.”

11. Good advice.

“Wearing earplugs at concerts and wedding receptions.

Tinnitus sucks, people.”

12. Now you know.

“Headaches, sluggishness, and crankiness are all signs of being hungry. I took medication that made me lose my appetite, and I am not very good at recognizing different types of hunger cues.

Feeling especially sad, anxious, or guilty late at night means I gotta go to bed. Didn’t figure this out at all. I saw the phrase “Never trust how you feel about your life after 9pm” early this year, just before I turned 25.”

What common knowledge did you learn too late in life?

Talk to us in the comments and let us know.

Thanks a lot!