We live in an inequal world and, sadly, some of us have more than others. And not necessarily material things, but just mondane things that we don't consider to be privileges, like decent health or loving parents. Maybe you wouldn't call these privileges, because they are normal to you, but there are people who can only wish to have that.

Reddit user vianneyal asked people "What is something people don't realize is a privilege?" to remind us all to be grateful for the simple things we have or the things that help us to live our lives more comfortably. The thread quickly grabbed the attention of Reddit users, being upvoted 55k times in less than two weeks. Folks were mentioning all sorts of things that they feel grateful for or, on the contrary, to have.

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#1

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group This might sound silly to some but the other night I decided to change my bedding randomly and realized how lucky I am to be able to swap to another clean set on a whim. Clean laundry, multiple blankets, a whole drawer of socks...those things make me feel rich. A lot of people don't have another set of clothes or a clean, safe bed to sleep in.

Anticrepuscular_Ray , Jennifer C. Report

Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

There's nothing like sleeping on clean sheets.

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#2

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Executive function.

Anyone in your life that you think is ‘lazy’, ‘messy’, etc. likely has some kind of executive function deficit. It’s common with depression, ADHD, ASD, and other mental illnesses. Imagine sitting somewhere, knowing you should do something, wanting to do it, but there is this weird mental block preventing you from getting up and doing it. That’s one of the many ways exec dysfunction manifests.

It is hell seeing normal people just be able to do s**t. And that goes for fun, happy things just as much as s****y, chore-type things. Even going to the bathroom when you feel the need to can be a struggle.

aliceroyal , MollySVH Report

just me
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2 months ago

Thank you. I really needed to hear that someone else gets it right now.

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#3

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Being able-bodied. Maybe it's cliche but seriously, all that can change in less than an instant. You never realize how much you take health for granted until it's screwed up.

DTownForever , Teo Romera Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

Very true. But never underestimate the human ability to adapt and overcome. There are things I can no longer do, but the things I still can, I try to make the most of.

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#4

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Buying groceries without having to carefully consider prices.

scooter-willie , Phillip Stewart Report

Helen Haley
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2 months ago

This is the height of luxury for me.

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#5

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Running water 24/7 everyday

Zack4044 , Vuk Cosic Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

That's very wasteful. You should turn that tap off now! Joking aside, clean safe water is something we take for granted but there are still too many people in this world who don't have access to it.

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#6

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Having your parents to fall back onto for help or advice during adulthood.

I've been estranged since I've been 16, life ain't easy navigating the world alone.

NotMyCabbagesAgain , Muness Castle Report

Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Haven't had parents since 18. Learning to adult without parents isn't a picnic either. If you have them, and they aren't complete trash, treasure your parents.

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#7

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Having the freedom to focus on things like hobbies or finding your passion instead of just basic human needs like keeping a roof over your head and food in your stomach.

Hrekires , Joe Shlabotnik Report

TheReader19
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2 months ago (edited)

That really is a good life when you can do these things. In many cases having a hobby is damned expensive; and don't get me started on out of school activities (UK)

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#8

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Toilets

Unisekaied-DemonLoli , EG Focus Report

boredpanDaman
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

i think toilets are basic need, not a privilege. and yes, i know many dont have one, and it is still a basic need, not a privilege

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#9

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Not having to pay bribes to survive

notveryoriginalname2 , Jeff Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, this is awful and wide spread in so many countries

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#10

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Privacy.

Not so much the whole big brother, everyone is watching/listening to everything thing, that’s a whole other can of worms. I’m talking about the simple pleasure of having a place which is just yours, with a door you can shut and be alone.

Mollinda , Nathan Wong Report

Kai Scadden
Community Member
2 months ago

What Privacy?

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#11

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Having loving parents in a healthy marriage.

7c518c130a4c , Michael Stillwell Report

SobyKay
Community Member
2 months ago

Or just having loving parents

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#12

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Being able to choose between Covid vaccines. Like there are many countries that are unable to get access to at least one vaccine, but in rich nations like the US, people can choose between which vaccine they want to get. And yet you have people who refuse to get the vaccine for non-legitimate reasons.

PumpkinSpiceBiscotti , Joint Base San Antonio Report

Julie C Rose
Community Member
2 months ago

I also get annoyed with vaccinated Americans who rant about “unvaccinated” people when they mean anti vaxxers. No, people who are medically unable to get vaccinated, are children or are waiting to access them in their country aren’t “assholes”. People who are medically able and have access but refuse the vaccine are assholes.

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#13

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Having no gut or digestive issues.

I can tell you it's easier for people to accept when I say "I don't eat it because I don't like the taste" rather than saying "I can't eat it because it makes my stomach hurt"

For some reason, people think that because they can eat anything without any issues, the rest of the world can too. And if you say you can't, you're some sort of pretentious gluten-free hippie f******d who thinks they're better than everyone.

Some people just don't know how lucky they are yet they eat trash all the time.

Treat your bodies well people, especially if they work 100% correctly.

mainne1078 , Francisco Becerro Report

Jaguarundi
Community Member
2 months ago

I have a relative with diverticulitis, IBS and endometriosis. She suffers with every bite of solid food.

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#14

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Being able to enjoy total silence.

(F**k tinnitus.)

Ozzel , Bonnie Report

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
2 months ago

Yep, f**k tinnitus! I'll never know true silence. It's like having a mosquito trapped in my brain 24/7.

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#15

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Sewers. A literal city of tunnels you never see, draining and moving water in and out of your town/city, completely hidden from view. It's a f****n luxury and you'd be surprised how much of the world doesn't have that while the rest of the world never even thinks about it.

Happy8Day , denisbin Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

Went to Crete three decades ago and you had to through the toilet paper in the bin. Wonder if you still have to do that now?

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#16

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Eating three meals a day

wilmeist3r , llee_wu Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

Especially for children

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#17

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Getting as much sleep as you need.

Character_Comb_3439 , Simon Shek Report

May
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel so privileged to not have any kids that disturb my sleep. It's probably the biggest reason why I don't want any - I love my sleep!

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#18

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Having access to dentists in childhood.

Fr8ndInm8-2 , Aine Report

Robert T
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2 months ago

Looks like the bluetooth installation was a success!

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#19

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Some people don’t seem to realize how much of a privilege travel is.

There are a lot of privileges within that broad category, too. Some passports allow holders to travel pretty much anywhere they wish. Men can sometimes travel alone to places that women might rightly feel unsafe visiting. LGBTQ+ people are sometimes at greater risk than others, depending on the destination. White people are sometimes treated better as tourists than people of color.

There are layers and layers of privilege in travel, and I think sometimes certain people forget that.

glitterlok , Adam Witwer Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

Also being a black female, I always have to research if it's safe for my children and me to go to certain countries

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#20

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group being able to work from home, especially during the pandemic

leechi_not_kimchi , Robert and Talbot Trudeau Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

Hoping to do find a job so I can do this on a permanent basis

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#21

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group 1. going to university

2. being able to just do university while you're at university

4oodler , Jesús Corrius Report

May
Community Member
2 months ago

Even in Scandinavia where university is free and everyone gets some money to cover living expenses (how much varies between countries) most people still work a part time job, and definitely work every holiday.

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#22

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Being able to quit a job without fear of losing financial stability.

AMiniMinotaur , Andre Charland Report

Stille20
Community Member
2 months ago

... That's quite a luxury. I have good savings and marketable skills but I still would never quit a job without another one lined up.

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#23

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Air conditioning

93yourcultleader93 , Ivan Radic Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

This depends where you come from and what the climate is like. In the UK it is still a luxury that most of us do not have in our homes.

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#24

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Having the freedom to marry who you want.

BluePersephone99 , freeflight046 Report

Missy Corron
Community Member
2 months ago

Love is love.... freedom to marry....for love

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#25

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Living in a nation where police actually receive rigorous training and are taught to use lethal force as a last resort.

DarthContinent , MIKI Yoshihito Report

Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

That sounds wonderful.

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#26

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Having both your parents alive when your past the age of 30

bfields2 , Joe Hepburn Report

Mushroomlover
Community Member
2 months ago

I’m 40 and both my parents are alive at 67 and 68 and even a grandmother is still alive at 91!

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#27

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Weekends off work.

I think about this every Saturday when the gardener comes to mow. He brings his son to help him. My kids are sitting in their PJs working on coding projects, while his son is out helping mow lawns. That is his kid's Saturday off school vs. mine. The danger is that someday, if my kids become programmers or whatever white collar job, they will look back and say, "It's because I worked hard to gain these skills," taking for granted the privilege of the time to do it.

CJs2cents3456 , Tony Alter Report

Requiem
Community Member
2 months ago

Why do you have a gardener and not making your kids mow the lawn or doing it your self?

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#28

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Having both nostrils unclogged.

ImRetarded42069 , Maria Rantanen Report

Panda Kicki
Community Member
2 months ago

Relatable. I rather have Hyperemsis and all other pregnancy issues then the hormone related stuffed nose. I panic when my nose isnt working.

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#29

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Enjoying what you do for a living

GhostOfSamurai , Brad Flickinger Report

Pink Floydian Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

What?! That surely can't be a real thing!

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#30

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Being in the life of family members.

I have yeeted people from my life who have made big surprised pikachu faces for things like stealing from me, emotional abuse, hitting me “even though they didn’t mean it they were just drunk/upset/emotional” whatever.

I give zero f***s about blood. If you want a place in my life, you keep it by being a decent person and that goes triple for relationships with my kids.

Edit: I do not let people around my kids just because they are blood related. If they’re abusive or creepy, they don’t get a free pass to be near my children.

madpiratebippy , m01229 Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

Just because you're related doesn't mean you should or could be friends.

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#31

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Going years without cancer or sickness

ThePerfectionisttThePerfectionistt , matryosha Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

That and not having to watch a loved one suffer with cancer or sickness.

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#32

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Growing up in a first world country.

Reimu64 , Kristina D.C. Hoeppner Report

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
2 months ago

America might be a first world country, but it has a third world health care system.

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#33

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Choosing your diet

Bloominghell7 , Marco Verch Professional Photographer Report

SobyKay
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2 months ago

what the heck is that green stuff in the picture lol

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#34

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group I noticed that i was privileged with eating to my taste- my dad told me how in mexico they ate what they had, it was rural farm life, i mean he continued to eat that way even living here in america, he would buy me and my sister whatever we wanted and make eggs and beans for himself.

i can eat mexican food, japanese food, chinese,burgers,italian whatever really.

maybe_secretlysatan , Igor Shatokhin Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes "what's for dinner" was whatever's on the plate

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#35

35 “Invisible” Privileges That Most People Don’t Notice Because They Have Them, As Pointed Out In This Online Group Going on vacation.

Many people take it for granted and behave like you couldn't live without goin on vacation twice a year. At least in middle Europe.

Well yeah you can! I've been on real vacation like twice in my life. And I'm 23 years old.

EveryVoice , sean hill Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

Two times more than a lot of people way older than you

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