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In the early stages of our development, we frequently internalized the wisdom shared by the adults we looked up to and respected. Yet, as we navigated the complexities of life, a moment of revelation arrived when we uncovered the fabrications woven into those messages. Within a digital community forum, a user posed a compelling question: “What is the most profound lie you encountered while growing up?” Some of these narratives might resonate profoundly with our collective experiences.
1. Adults are Smart
“Adults know w[hat] is going on. They don’t. Everyone is f*****g clueless; while some learn from mistakes, most don’t.” At some point, many of us realized that many adults are just grown-up kids doing their best to get by.
2. A College Degree is a Must
“That if I do not go to college, and get a degree that I would be a hopeless failure, and never succeed in life.” For some career paths, this may still hold true. But for many young adults, it ends up racking up a ton of debt that feels impossible to pay off with a mediocre job.
3. Dream Big
“That I could become anything I wanted when I grew up.” This is only true for a select few, others will likely settle, and that’s okay.
4. You’re Allergic to Animals
“My parents told me I was allergic to cats so that I wouldn’t think to ask for one as a pet.” Good move, parents.
5. Dealing with Annoying People
Whether it’s a friend, sibling, or stranger, the common adage, “If I ignore them they will stop” doesn’t always work- as many of us learned as kids.
6. Don’t Eat That Seed
Many people recall the old idea: “That if I ate a seed, a tree would grow inside me.” Thankfully, so not true.
7. They Love You
Sadly, one user reports, “That my parents loved me. Everyone told me that except my parents.” He learned that actions speak louder than words (and their lack of words was loud and clear).
8. Play Your Cards Right to Succeed
A user shares, “That if I “pay my dues” and climb the corporate ladder at a larger/reputable company, I’d have a successful career/retirement. If I played the game I’d be taken care of.” He goes on to share that he was burned in the 2008 collapse after working his butt off, so now that he’s started over, he only does the bare minimum.
9. Respect Your Elders
“To respect elders or adults, no matter what.” Shares one writer. He doesn’t agree because his dad is a jerk and doesn’t understand that respect goes both ways.
10. Santa is Real
This is one big lie that kids eventually figure out. Some aren’t surprised, while others take it hard.
11. Car Light Laws
Someone writes, “Turning on the lights inside the car is illegal.” Many parents used this one to keep the lights off at dusk and the kids quiet (or so they hoped).
12. Marriage is the Best
Many kids grow up with idealized memories of marriage, having kids, etc. The reality is that getting married and having kids isn’t for everyone and isn’t something that HAS to be done in life to be happy.
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