People Are Sharing The Hardest Lesson They’ve Ever Had To Learn, And These Are Invaluable

I always love learning a lesson from people who are older or just have more life experience than me. Hence why I enjoyed being a younger sibling so much because I learned from my older brother’s mistakes. 😆

a person saying, "i've learned my lesson, i have."


So it’s only fitting that I shared this Reddit thread that I came across about people sharing the hardest lesson they’ve had to learn. Here is what some people had to say.

1.“Sometimes, your best isn’t good enough.”


2.“No one is going to do it for you, you have to do it yourself.”


3.“It sometimes doesn’t matter what you do or how you treat someone, they just don’t care — it’ll never be enough. You can’t force love. It hurts but that’s it.”

a person saying, "You can only force it for so long."

4.“You can do everything right and still lose, and it just is what it is.”


5.“That your parents are not invincible.”

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6.“Everything ends, enjoy the present and cherish those around you right now, don’t live for the future (to a degree). Appreciate when people spend time with you. Time is the most precious thing we can give or receive.”


7.“Stop depending on people, be okay with being alone. Don’t rush into things and expect someone to fulfill your needs — be satisfied with yourself before trying to love anyone else.”

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8.“Just because they are family, doesn’t mean they don’t value money more than your life.”


9.“That life moves on no matter how sad or bad you feel about a situation.”


10.“You can trust very few people in this world.”

a woman saying, "you cannot trust anybody, ever."

11.“Responsible credit card use.”


“Pay off the FULL balance every month.”


12.“That being a parent is not easy at all — let alone a single parent.”

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13.“You cannot help someone who’s really not willing to truly help themselves.”


14.“Believe someone when they show you who they are the first time.”


15.“Your job — love it or hate it — is not your life. You work to live. Please don’t live to work.”

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16.“It’s okay to say no at work. Managing priorities and timelines is pretty much impossible without saying ‘no’ from time to time.”


Are there any other hard lessons you’ve had to learn? If so, share it with me in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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