You know what I wish more people realized?
That everyone has baggage and everyone is dealing with problems from their past and their present…so do your best to be kind to everyone you encounter, because you never know what a person has been through.
It’s as easy as that!
And now take a look at some more things that folks on AskReddit wish everyone realized.
1. You need a break.
“Getting rid of recess in school begins the life long structure of virtually no breaks in the school/work day.
It’s making us all less happy.
Take. Your. Breaks.”
“LOOK BEFORE you start changing lanes!
Make sure there isn’t a car already there before you start crossing those lines.”
3. I like this one.
“That we all have a lot more in common than is being represented and we’re better together than alone.”
4. Watch what you say.
“You can make a comment in passing that can be really hurtful to someone and you won’t even realize it.”
5. It’s up to you.
“You are allowed to say no. On the flip side, that people are allowed to say no to you and that doesn’t invite arguing and pushing to get a yes.
I realize this sounds like a consent thing but it really applies to everything. Sometimes you just need time alone, or the thought of a particular activity adds stress to your life.
You can say no to anything that makes your life more difficult, no matter how small.”
6. Walk the walk.
“Don’t just say, “treat people the way you would like to be treated.” Actually do that.
Took me longer than I care to admit to figure that one out, but it’s helped me become a better person than I was. A side benefit is that being mindful of others has helped me determine when someone isn’t being particularly respectful to me.
Figure I’ll stay out of trouble if I minimize contact with people like that, without making a big deal about it.”
“Opinions are not facts.
And it’s ok to say “I don’t know.” you don’t need to come up with any explanation or conspiracy theory to try to understand it.”
“That internet toxicity and arguing in comments sections largely doesn’t do anything for anyone and doesn’t change anyone’s opinion.
I’m definitely guilty of this. Changing people’s opinions takes a lot of continuous effort, and most people aren’t actually willing to put in the amount of effort that it would take to change someone’s opinion genuinely.
And that’s okay.”
9. Gotta get through it.
“That sometimes, things will not be okay.
Sometimes you are going to have to do things you don’t want to do, and be in situations you do not want to be in.”
10. Try it.
“Put yourself in the other person’s shoes for a minute before you speak your next sentence.
It can literally change every relationship in your life.”
11. A regular human being.
“My son has Down Syndrome.
The number of times people have told me he’s “an angel sent from Heaven” or some other dehumanizing or infantilizing phrase…. I know they mean well, and I try to respond with grace, but he’s a human being. He’s not an angel or an alien or an eternal baby.
He’s a human being with his own thoughts and feelings, very strong opinions, and the same emotions as every other human. He’s a hard worker, he’s clever (he’s an amazing problem solver), he’s a regular human being with strengths and weaknesses.”
12. Not for everyone.
“It is nobody’s “duty” to procreate.
There are far too many people who have kids not because they actually want them, but because it was ingrained into them for years that it’s “just the thing to do” when you get older, or they think they somehow owe their parents grandchildren for one reason or another.”
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