Often, I intuitively know something but realize it only after someone says it out loud. If it's a movie insight, then there's no big deal. But if we're talking about an important life lesson, I sure as heck would've liked figuring it out by myself earlier rather than later.

So when I saw this post on r/AskReddit by u/PeakABoo_IFKU, I knew I was in for a treat. The Redditor asked: "What is the best advice you can give someone?" And after scrolling through some 2,000 comments, I think you'd like to see the best ones as well. From taking care of your body to working on your mind, continue scrolling and check them out!

#1

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Imagine all the time that you spend worrying about your embarrassing moments. Now understand that almost everyone else does the same. Nobody is thinking about your embarrassing things. Just their own. I find this idea freeing.

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually, I remember both the embarassing things that I did and that others did...realizing that everybody is continuously doing mildly stupid things is freeing as suggested above, though. Moreover, I guess we tend to overrate the "level" of embarassment of stupid things, i.e. the same mishap we would find more embarassing when happening to ourself to when we observe it from others.

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#2

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Be careful who you have kids with.

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More Thinking Needed
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2 months ago

They should use a different picture. The Bundy's raised two very successful kids. Both are actors.

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#3

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Get a covid vaccination.

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Florence
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2 months ago

Trying to coverup a smartass comment

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#4

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Don't listen to random strangers on the internet

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H Edwards
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2 months ago

A little ironic...

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#5

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Expect nothing, and appreciate everything.

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Josy Bannon
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2 months ago

A healthy mindset

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#6

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives You are only responsible for yourself . You cannot and should not try to control others even if you think you're being charitable. Similarly don't let other people control your emotions.

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Sean Harrison
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2 months ago

Unfortunately personal responsibility isn't something people are taught anymore. It's easier to blame someone else.

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#7

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Document everything. A lot of people have bad intentions and are looking to screw you over for their personal gain. Having things documented and on paper will prevent them from taking advantage of you.

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ZAPanda
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2 months ago

Always get it in writing.

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#8

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean it’s inherently bad. Don’t s**t on someone because they find joy in something you don’t.
I’m referring to things like movies, music, art, food, etc.

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kjorn
Community Member
2 months ago

and even if something is bad you have a right to love it. i love the movie Battlefield earth with John Travolta. i know it's a bad movie.

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#9

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives It's okay to not be okay

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Tami
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't mind people telling me how they're not ok, it can be therapeutic for them to share what they're feeling. Sometimes all someone needs is some compassion to realize that it's ok to not be ok. But when they're always talking about their problems, aren't helped by a compassionate listener, and never do any thing to address their problems, then I feel that type of "not ok" is not ok—for them or for me.

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#10

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Don't be so hard on yourself, sometimes life gets complicated, is not your fault, just do your very best in every situation, and let things go as they should

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Chucky Cheezburger
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2 months ago

It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose.

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#11

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Drink water

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Dre Mosley
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2 months ago

It's amazing to me how many actually don't. I worked with a woman for years who drank nothing but diet Coke. Never saw her drink anything else.

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#12

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Learn skills to make yourself as self sufficient as possible.

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Erin Mitchell
Community Member
2 months ago

Yea this became glaringly obvious when the pandemic hit. Things everyone should know: how to sew, basic woodworking (you should be able to cut 2 pieces of wood and screw them together), and how to dress a chicken.

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#13

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Never put anyone on a pedestal, they will have no choice but to look down on you.

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M Calad
Community Member
2 months ago

This one I learned the hard way. Treat everyone equally as we all have the same value. No life's worth more or less. We all exist and each life is valuable. There's nowhere that states that a life is worth more because of skin color, gender, money, education, nationality, culture, success, etc.

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#14

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives If someone really loves you they won't intentionally hurt you.

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Frankly, I do not need to love someone to not intentionally hurt him or her. Intentionally hurting someone is a sign of a lack of ability to be empathic (but for extreme situations like self-defense of course).

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#15

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives You are only young once, but you can be immature forever.

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Paul C.
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2 months ago (edited)

TICK! ✔✔✔✔

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#16

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Try it. Whatever it is you are debating, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone, and isn't illegal, try it.

Not trying it is going to weigh on you far more than any minor embarrassment you may get from trying it.

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Deborah B
Community Member
2 months ago

Remember that 'anyone' includes yourself. Ask yourself: "If I do this, and keep doing it, will it hurt me?" and "If I do this/keep doing this, will I like and respect the person that that makes me?"

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#17

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Take responsibility for your actions.

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Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

3 rules I found in life that have found should followed...Dont lie, don't steal, and if you screw up admit it.

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#18

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Is there anything you can do about it?

No?

Then don't worry about it.

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T.
Community Member
2 months ago

Dear god, thank you for the coffee, that gives me the energy to change the things I can, and for the weed to help me accept the things I can't.

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#19

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Never lose sight of the parts of life you're absolutely clear about. The truest part of ourselves is found inside that clarity.

Also, never ever ever be afraid to start over. You will NOT be starting from scratch, you will be starting from experience.

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13
Community Member
2 months ago

Where the f**k would you pull Hitler from following an entry like this? Unless of course you're completely obsessed by the megalomaniac.

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#20

Treat yourself as if you’re someone you’re trying to help

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Anthony Admire
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1 month ago

Amazing true

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#21

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Don't go to college UNLESS you are REALLY READY to do so.

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

I strongly reject this one. There might be some truth for countries like the US where tuition will cost a fortune, but in general, I strongly believe that lifelong learning is essential, that it is *always* the right time to try out learning something new, and that *any time* in life is the right time to find out what you want to do; taking up studies may well be part of this process, regardless of whether you retain these or soon give them up again.

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#22

There’s only one person in the world that can possibly act in your best interests in every situation: yourself.

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Otter
Community Member
2 months ago

Sadly, some people do not have their own best interests at heart. Some of them learned that from people who did not have their best interests at heart, but some are just fools.

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#23

Take care of your teeth and body when you are young.

47 year old dude with bad knees from playing sports.

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Shine Caramia
Community Member
2 months ago

Every time my kid doesn't want to brush her teeth I tell her that she needs to look at the brown spots on mine

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#24

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it

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Gerard Neaux
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't react. Respond. The difference is reacting is a visceral emotional automation, whereas responding means to think and give an appropriate reply.

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#25

Not sure where i got this from but: If you were able to believe in Santa for 10 years or more, you can definitely believe in yourself for 10 minutes.

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EEF🤓
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2 months ago

I know its not the point of this, but who still believed in santa after they were 5 or 6?

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#26

Be kind to yourself! We are often our worst enemies.

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

I know this to be true as I am an absolute b@stard to myself and have been all my adult life. I'm struggling through therapy now to try to break it down and be kinder to myself. It's a hard habit to break.

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#27

At a minimum, at least be honest with yourself. At least be true to who you are. And if you don’t know, figure that out.

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M Calad
Community Member
2 months ago

This is my motto. The more you know yourself and are honest and coherent with who you are, the more life starts to make sense. Don't rush it; you have a whole life to learn who you are. One lesson at a time.

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#28

30 People Share One Thing They Wish They Had Known Earlier In Their Lives Don't stay up late doing something that you would not wake up early for.

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Kim Kermes
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2 months ago

Unless you're a night person...

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#29

Meditate. Try. Every morning. It has freed me from some of the dark side effects of my mental illness.

Also, establish a great morning routine and night routine and stick to it. Practice gratitude every day.

Let go of resentment and hatred you have for others. No matter what they’ve done. Forgive. Forgive. Forgive. Forgive does not mean you tolerate what they’ve done or that what they did was okay- but it is meant to free YOU. So you can move forward and reclaim the power you feel you’ve lost. You can be compassionately wrathful and stand up for what’s right without hate in your heart. Hate only hurts you in the end.

Ie. My brother was murdered- but I have never hated the man that killed him. I don’t have to live with that resentment in my life

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kjorn
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2 months ago

you must be strong to don't have the man who killed your brother. good for you.

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#30

Take advantage of health insurance when you have it

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Deborah B
Community Member
2 months ago

As in get regular physicals and preventative care, address small problems before they potentially turn into bigger problems at the same time as you lose your insurance. Sneaking suspicion that you might be pre-diabetic, or have the family high blood pressure? Get it checked out. Small painful lump, or mole that's looking different than it used to? Don't ignore it.

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