13 People Talk About What Most Folks Don’t Realize Can Mess You Up

Life is full of hidden dangers

And you gotta keep your head on a swivel when you’re out and about in the world…or else…

What do most people not realize can really mess you up?

Take a look at how folks on AskReddit responded to that question.

1. Take it slow.

“If you are physically dependent on al**hol, quitting cold turkey can definitely k**l you.

If you’re at the point where you get the shakes or worse, please get medical help when you decide to detox.”

2. Good to know.


Lifeguard here – people tend to be so cavalier about water safety, but it’s literally one of the most important things you’ll ever learn. Never swim alone. Always wear a PFD (personal floatation device) on a boat. Know your swimming capabilities and stay well within your limits.

Keep your children within arms reach at all times. Never let children go swimming (or play near bodies of water) unsupervised. A person can drown in under 60 seconds. If you don’t know how to swim, please find someone to teach you how to at least float and do a basic stroke.

Water k**ls. Drowning doesn’t look like it does in the movies. Stay safe out there, folks.”

3. Wear a helmet.

“Riding a bike or scooter without a helmet.

Saw a guy skid on a curb, fell, hit his head moderately but not severely, d**d later that day.

You can’t look cool if you’re d**d.”

4. Yikes.

“Walking down the stairs with your hands in your pockets or without having at least one of your hands free to catch you if you fall.

One of my High School teachers lost her husband because of this. When she got home from work he was at the bottom of the stairs.

He’d been carrying a basket of laundry down. She was pregnant at the time.”

5. Good Lord!

“Going to a nude beach without putting sunblock on your genitals.

You don’t want to have to get skin cancer removed from there.

Just make sure the sunblock is genital safe.”

6. Watch it…


If you don’t stay within the recommended dose, you can mess up your liver very quickly.”

7. Keep up on this.

“Not replacing your gas furnace filters results in your heat exchanger to crack and then the furnace blows odorless carbon monoxide throughout your vents and you go to sleep forever.

Change your gas furnace filters. You cannot smell carbon monoxide but it can and will k**l your and your entire family.”

8. Put it down once in a while.

“Social Media.

Especially endlessly scrolling in the dark late into the night and then again when you wake up, scrolling and scrolling until noon when you realize you’re still in bed and you’ve gained absolutely nothing from staring at your phone.”

9. Listen to your instincts.

“Not following your instincts.

When the lizard in your brain says “danger danger hissss”, heed said lizard and get out of the situation.”

10. Good point.

“Not managing your expectations.

Can make a minor setback feel like a total failure.”

11. Get away from them.

“Toxic people.

There is no written rule that says you have to put up with those who are not healthy to be around.

Just walk away.”

12. Grieving.


People who haven’t experienced it think that you just need to get over it and move on. They want the old you back/they want you to be “better”. It makes people uncomfortable seeing someone else grieving.

Grief can absolutely be life changing and f**k you up for life. Problem is you can’t avoid grief if you want to love and care for others and form relationships.

I wish people understood what a f**king struggle it is every day and yet you’ve got to try and function as normal.”

13. Scarred for life.

“A really sh**ty relationship can seriously mess with your mind.

I was being controlled for 4 months when we finally decided to call it quits, he scarred what I knew about love, and I still don’t really know what it is.”

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