Life is precious and beautiful, but it can also be depressing, awful, and terribly sad and unfair.
And it takes a lot of self-examination and realization to come to grips with many of the hard things in life.
I’m talking about the harsh realities that are hard for people to accept.
Let’s see what folks on AskReddit had to say.
1. Some people can’t be helped.
“Some people just can’t be saved, you could give them every benefit in the world and they still could choose to throw it all away and you can’t do anything about it.”
2. A tough one.
“Hard work doesn’t always pay off.
Something I learned my first week in the corporate world, and again and again even up until all the Coronavirus layoffs.
A non-executive’s value to the company is strictly dictated by which side of the balance sheet their compensation falls.”
3. Look in the mirror.
“Sometimes, YOU are the problem in a relationship. And if people keep on leaving you, it may well be your fault.
Even if you don’t feel like it is.”
4. Sad, but true.
“Not everyone will turn out to be a superstar or super successful in their lives.
Beauty and money matter a lot. The world is nicer to rich and beautiful people.”
5. The bad guy.
“You’re the bad guy in someone’s story, so many of your enemies will never admit to doing anything wrong, but the thing is neither will you in some situations.
People justify their own behavior to themselves. That’s why so many people can’t apologize and double down on the bad things they do.”
6. Some mistakes linger…
“Mistakes do define you.
The little ones don’t, but if you make a big mistake, it will alter your life to an extent. Saying that they don’t matter is a lie that will prevent you from diagnosing life problems later down the line.”
7. No reason at all.
“Bad things will happen to you for no reason.
I always liked the Star Trek quote “It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life” for that reason.
Some things just happen and that’s the way it is.
8. We all die.
“Very few people truly accept their mortality, and most of the time when it truly sinks in, people get scared and want to avoid it.”
9. Friends drift in and out.
“You don’t always keep the good friends you meet.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make more later on down the road!”
10. It happens…
“Some people just don’t get a happy ending, some people never find happiness or satisfaction.
People tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel but for some people there isn’t, they never get to see any light, just darkness.”
11. Everyone has a dark side.
“All human beings are capable of being viciously immoral. There’s a point where we can be forced or force ourselves to become completely animalistic.
We can perpetrate murder and genocide, as just one example, and if justified to ourselves correctly, we will feel no remorse. We like to think that the only people capable of such horror are a minority but the truth is that we are all capable of it given the right circumstances.”
12. In and out of love.
“People can just simply fall out of love with you for no reason.
You fretting about whether it’s you or something else or the investment is basically you giving them the reasons to strengthen the reason why they stopped loving you. When they could very much not have a reason at all, feelings and priorities can change.”
13. You can’t please everyone.
“Not everyone is going to like you, no matter how hard you try.”
14. Life isn’t fair.
“We’re not all special.
Some of us will not find love.
We’re not all equal.”
15. Just a speck on the timeline.
“You will likely be lost to history.
In just a few centuries, nobody will remember or even knew you existed. Sad, I know, but you just have to accept it.”
16. It doesn’t exist.
“There is no karma.
Bad things happen to good people. Bad people do bad things that never catch up to them. Good people do good things that screw them over in the long run. It’s all random.”
Now that we’ve gone through all those responses, we want to hear from you next.
In the comments, please tell us what you think the harsh realities of life are.
We’d love to hear what you have to say.