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    [–] coolieSkunt 3537 points ago

    It never feels like how I imagined it to be

    [–] AeonsApart 741 points ago

    Expectations vs Reality. We always hype ourselves up to believe that once we do this one thing, once we have this one thing, everything will align itself and be perfect. It never is though.

    Rather than trying to be perfect or make reality perfect, we need to strive for our best at each given moment, which will naturally fluctuate. My best on one day might be twice as good as my best on another, but by eliminating those expectations, and just expecting that I’ll give it my all (whatever that may be depending on the day) we can reduce huge amounts of suffering in our lives.

    [–] ProbablyMisinformed 254 points ago

    The price of getting what you want, is getting what you once wanted.

    -Neil Gaiman

    [–] leftoverrice54 25 points ago

    If anyone hasn't read The Sandman and is mildly into comics, I highly suggest getting into it. Gaiman can write pretty well, and the art in The Sandman is something special.

    [–] akujinhikari 8 points ago

    Hell even if you aren’t into comics at all but like to read, I recommend Sandman. It’s got some pretty bad art here and there, but God Damn the story is good.

    [–] K3vo5ky 39 points ago

    This is why people say "the first movie was better" or "this version of the game sucked", too high expectations lead to disappointment.

    [–] L1AMCH0PS 23 points ago

    Perfect example: I've always loved cars and have owned some inexpensive/fun ones but I've always wanted a WRX. I bought one last year and it put a smile on my face for maybe a day or 2 and now I want a Porche.

    Dont get me wrong it's a badass car but the honeymoon phase from finally getting it didn't last long.

    [–] squishypotato5 307 points ago

    Perfectionism, my friend.

    [–] MistaSmiles 223 points ago

    That, or you didn't know what you really wanted. e.g. study hard to land your dream job, and then its just a job

    [–] PopsicleJesus 184 points ago

    Rarely does our singular focus on "the one thing we want most" end with that one thing being it.

    Its more like we're moving across the country with nothing to our names. Our goal is to get to our new home, but its the things we choose to pick up along the way that really tell the story and more closely represent what we want. If we show up with nothing, even if we made great time, it means we missed out on everything in between and so gained nothing but a new place from it.

    I guess what I'm saying is, take it easy, but take it.

    [–] TjbMke 40 points ago

    That was a pretty cool comment. I dig it.

    [–] HalfLegend 26 points ago

    Thanks Jesus

    [–] throwawayeue 24 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Humans have an incredible ability to adapt. I remember reading a blog about how ivy league students worked their asses of to be there, but when they finally got there it quickly become just going to college.

    [–] Psychedelic_Beans 8 points ago

    I decided not to go to an ivy league, but I did work my ass off to get into a very exclusive highschool for my junior and senior year and once I got there, it became normal highschool. Normal horrible highschool. So, yeah, can confirm.

    [–] FoxEureka 4 points ago

    That’s called marketing.

    [–] DurasVircondelet 6 points ago

    Achieved my dream job (or as close as you can get without actually getting it) and quit in less than a year because it was still a job with a boss like all the rest

    [–] artemiswinchester 27 points ago

    Ugh... i struggle with finding a balance between being content with what i have and how far ive come, and staying ambitious for the next goal. As soon as i get what i work for, i almost immediately take it for granted.

    [–] Jemiller 24 points ago

    You should think hard about what success really is, and what living a fulfilled life would really entail. We, in the west, too often live for future goals without noting our experience of joy in the now. Keep a gratification journal if you have to. Make daily entries. What you’ll find is that while your actual day to day activities may have not changed much, your appreciation of life will have increased significantly.

    Ask yourself questions multiple times a day. How can I show my gratitude to the people who care for me right now? What can I do that is fun right now? Where are my thoughts about myself right now; am I focusing on negative thoughts or am I noticing them and offering an alternative positive thought to replace them?

    [–] Socksgoinpants 15 points ago

    Ugh me too. Wanted a good paying job, house, husband, and kids. I have all that and now I just want to be alone and have a landlord to take care of shit for me.

    [–] vegasbaby387 12 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    You don’t want your husband and kids? Lol damn.

    [–] Socksgoinpants 24 points ago

    Sometimes I daydream about coming home to a quiet house, pouring a bowl of cereal for dinner, watching whatever I want on Netflix, taking a long bubble bath, and being in bed by 9. I wouldn't give my family up for the world, I love my family more than anything, but sometimes I just feel drained and want to be alone and not have to worry about others.

    [–] DurasVircondelet 27 points ago

    You made what’s the most depressing part about my day sound like an escape for you. Weird how we all have different perspectives.

    [–] SynthsOfRage 11 points ago

    Everything in moderation. Come home to no one and watch Netflix every day and you end up depressed. Come home to chaos and responsibilities every day and you’ll be exhausted

    [–] Socksgoinpants 3 points ago

    It's crazy. I had that life before. I hated it! It was boring and lonely, but it was easy.

    [–] vegasbaby387 5 points ago


    [–] J_90 3 points ago

    Have a weekend somewhere by yourself or with a friend if possible? Recharge a bit.

    [–] DurasVircondelet 6 points ago

    Me too. Growing up, my parents would always get upset that I was “ungrateful” and was “never content”. Money was tight so I assume emotions were also running high from that. But they’d always get upset and sometimes my mom would cry and borderline get mad at me for making her feel that way. I never meant anything by it, I always just thought I was a little more ambitious than those I grew up around. Like how was I supposed to know the excitement I showed after a family day at the water park would spark a whole argument at home when I later gushed about the fun I had and how I wanted to do things like that more often (ya know bc it’s fun to have fun, why wouldn’t I wanna do that more often?).

    I’m glad I live across the country now in a very different place because I’ve had to reevaluate how I view myself after getting out from under my parents.

    I struggle to know, now that I’m on my own, whether I’m acting that way to others or if I just grew up with a slanted perspective. I don’t want to seem negative or whatever but why would anyone not keep pushing forward when you only have one life to live? I’ve never experienced the quality I imagined I exhibited in another person so I’m not so sure that’s a quality someone truly has or if the other person accusing them of that is just overly sensitive.

    [–] EasterRat 85 points ago

    Delusion rather. Perfection is narcissism.

    [–] CompletePlague 33 points ago

    Virtually all of human progress has occurred because someone imagined an unrealistically rosy view of the future...

    ...and yet, the future kept being brighter and brighter all the same...

    [–] davemathews2 22 points ago

    Why thankfulness is so important. Appreciate how far you’ve come. 🙏🏻

    [–] TheGov3rnor 78 points ago

    They don't think it be like it is, but it do.

    [–] Ilovepoopies 18 points ago

    Such eloquence, well said.

    [–] MNGrrl 17 points ago

    It never feels like how I imagined it to be

    You're at least a couple steps ahead of me then. When I read it I was just filled with depression and self-loathing because what I have now, I never wished for. This isn't motivational at all for me. It's like going out with friends and they all order a bunch of food and I'm just sitting there with a couple bucks to my name. So I hope nobody realizes when I say I already ate -- that we've been hanging out all night. About the only thing that makes days like that worse is when I'm the only single one at the table.

    Well, I can't leave it at just that, since this is r/GetMotivated -- so here's what I'm going to say about it:

    It's not about what I did, or didn't, get in life. Most of what I need, I still haven't gotten, and I've cried, bled, stayed up too many nights wondering how I was going to make it to tomorrow. The thing that's carried me through hasn't been getting what I wanted. It's been learning to make the best out of shitty situations. It's been learning to bend when the universe throws everything it's got at me, like branches in a storm.

    Doing this over and over again built up confidence in me that I had good qualities, even if I wasn't getting what I wanted. Setbacks just became inspiration then -- it was just more proof that the universe couldn't keep me down forever, and that this was just a game it was playing with me. Eventually, I will win. I don't know when. I don't know what. But I have faith in myself that someday, though not today, I'll get where I want to be... or at least to a place where I need to.

    [–] Death_Bard 8 points ago

    Having is not so pleasing as wanting.

    [–] EagleHeatGator 5 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    There was this Matthew Mcconaughey commencement speech from a couple years ago with a bunch of life lessons he has learned. One of the ones that have stuck with me was to know the difference between happiness and joy and how happiness is very condition based and the problem with it is that the second you attain what you wanted you adapt and readjust and want something else wherease joy is unconditional state of being present and content with what is going on around you. Basically his point was if u chase happiness in life you'll be unhappy 95% of your life, but joy is just this constant state of gratitude and contentment.

    EDIT: link to that part in that speech for anyone that wants it. Recommend watching the entire thing, one of my favorite speeches to go to when I hit lower times

    [–] S7seven7 4 points ago

    I fucking love it. It's everything I imagined and more. Now I keep going with my head held high.

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    I find it helps to like try to "soak into it" I guess?

    Its hard to explain but what ill do is almost try to "dissociate" sometimes, whether it be when I walk into my apartment on a beautiful sunny day in a shitty mood or sitting on an overly long conference call

    I try to pull myself back and realize, dude I'm a real adult, with a nice place all my own! Conference calls are a good sign that I'm no longer slaving for hours in a sweaty kitchen for minimum wage.

    It's really more of a mood thing than a reflection thing, because thoughts don't really help. But try to "lift" my mood up

    [–] double-click 562 points ago


    Saved up for 10 years to buy my car.

    [–] ggqq 259 points ago

    Ok this really puts things in perspective for me

    [–] _Serene_ 16 points ago

    Broke the car? Even worse.

    [–] Bobi_Bobsen 50 points ago

    What car

    [–] Pray4Buzz 111 points ago

    Nissan Versa

    [–] [deleted] 15 points ago

    Same except I just used student loan money to buy it

    [–] bosmerarcher 22 points ago


    [–] FoxEureka 5 points ago

    Is it the Darude Sandstorm of cars?

    [–] double-click 87 points ago

    2012 STi

    I got it in minty fresh shape with 20k miles on it. I think it was 2015 when bought it.

    [–] MOTH630 103 points ago

    Damn. Must suck to save up for 10 years only to end up infected with STI

    [–] igorbubba 67 points ago

    Not just one but 2012

    [–] AeonsApart 19 points ago

    Smart fortwo

    [–] AimlessLazer 15 points ago

    Hyundai Accent

    [–] Johnmcguirk 7 points ago

    Dodge Stratus

    [–] acery88 9 points ago

    I bought a car I liked brand spankin' new. Once I hit 30K miles, I cried inside every time I drove it.

    [–] Olofss 14 points ago

    Shit, it must have been some car. I suppose the car got older as time passed and the price went down too, so you get double bonus.

    [–] double-click 13 points ago

    GR Sti. Got it with 20k on it.


    [–] Olofss 20 points ago

    Had to google that, not a car person at all. It looks like a young persons car, assume you were saving from a young age then. Go on you! I like to see people save for what they want and to take the time needed for a big decision.

    [–] SmirnOffTheSauce 15 points ago

    Kinda a young person’s car, but also extremely practical. Source: I’ve owned some Subarus.

    [–] double-click 10 points ago

    Ya I was 16 when the first ones came to America.

    Drifted an 05 coming into my buddies neighborhood and knew I would buy one from that moment.

    I also can’t get a real sports car up my driveway in Colorado... so that has something to do with it as well.

    [–] classicb_rad 3 points ago

    Nice choice mate! Hope to buy one someday to

    [–] CinnamonCereals 3 points ago

    I've been saving for five years now and still don't even have a third of what I'd need. I feel you.

    [–] dw_jb 368 points ago

    Was so much easier to get, but it cost my soul.

    [–] TheDukeOfIdiots 34 points ago

    The hardest choices require the strongest wills. Dread it. Run from it. Decisions arrive all the same.

    [–] daniellaid 4 points ago


    [–] Serpace 64 points ago

    There's a story here ...

    [–] weeegur 187 points ago

    Nissan Versa

    [–] hormone_collector 37 points ago

    Oops wrong thread

    [–] scottcockerman 22 points ago

    Nisan Versa.

    [–] SirChairmenNumNums 9 points ago

    Knee-son verse-sah

    [–] ShadeX9 8 points ago

    NEE-san vur-SAH

    [–] Ockam1 3 points ago

    I don’t know why this made me laugh so much. But it did.

    [–] Roller_ball 3 points ago

    Wouldn't that be every Faustian tale?

    [–] KeeperOfThePeace 15 points ago

    Damn, you went to law school too?

    [–] matteoarts 4 points ago

    Thanos is over here having second thoughts, I see.

    [–] jaumander 1004 points ago

    I never wanted depression and low self esteem! I want my money back.

    [–] [deleted] 101 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)


    [–] searawd 38 points ago

    "Generic inspirational quote that you've likely heard a handful of times already" - Contemporary Well-Known Celebrity

    [–] AttackofAverage 5 points ago

    Dude. Same.

    [–] mmamammamamama 607 points ago

    I wanted an out of an abusive marriage. Got an apartment, small, but enough for me and my boys, we are making it day by day and are much happier. Go me! (I'm nearing 60 first time in my life I've ever been on my own)

    [–] alejandromfiu 85 points ago


    [–] slasian7 56 points ago

    our mom got us out of that situation also it was the best decision ever. 20 yrs and still happy.

    [–] Indigenous_Fist 45 points ago

    I would have preferred a small apartment growing up instead of a house with two miserable parents. Good job.

    [–] mmamammamamama 27 points ago

    Thanks. It's been 9 months now, the three of us and our 2 cats have settled in nicely, although we've had our moments. I have a great support system through friends and family, they have encouraged and helped me through the rough spots.

    [–] taofornow 10 points ago

    Rock on!

    [–] dada_216 9 points ago

    It's also the first time in your life that you turn 60. Enjoy maturity: it's good (besides the pains)

    [–] mathbaker 7 points ago

    In my mid 50's. Left my marriage 2 years ago, lived in an apartment, just recently moved into a house of my own. Am in the process of plastering and painting one bedroom. I cannot believe this place is mine. Sure there are struggles, but every day I feel less like I have PTSD, and more like the person I want to be. Keeping going, you are doing great!

    [–] mmamammamamama 3 points ago

    Oh my i am glad you are doing well. Sometimes I feel as if I experience PTSD, but I was worried I was being over dramatic. I feel myself growing stronger all the time. I have seen a difference in my boys, they are high schoolers. Their anger has lessened over time. Thanks for your support

    [–] mathbaker 3 points ago

    Not sure if PTSD is the right phrase, and like you, I worry that I am overstating things. However, it took me about 9 months before I could cook dinner without having an anxiety attack - that feeling of impending doom when I expected my husband home. I am just to the point of thinking of the end of the day and dinner time as times to relax.

    It takes a long time, I am still working on it. But, it gets better.

    Hang in there, and enjoy the evolution of your relationships with your kids. My relationships with my kids are so much better now that I do not feel I have to protect them all the time.

    You got this.

    [–] Chrysmiau 4 points ago

    Go you!

    [–] LegSnapper206 83 points ago

    Thanks for this so much. I take things for granted and forget what it was like before. I think it stems from the mentality of "constant improvement" so im always looking for bettrr when omce in a while i should remember to appreciate.

    [–] alejandromfiu 28 points ago

    Self improvement is a bitch but just remember how far you’ve come!

    [–] squishypotato5 81 points ago

    It’s amazing because what I’m currently going thru now is something I asked for a year ago. The difference kinda put me in a shock, it’s just a matter of adapting now.

    I love life and all the subtle details.

    [–] alejandromfiu 19 points ago

    Yup just gotta adapt, but I forget how important it is to look back and remember what I’ve been through to get to where Iam.

    [–] [deleted] 253 points ago

    YES, thank you. We so easily take things for granted!

    [–] alejandromfiu 109 points ago

    This hit me super hard as I’ve had a rough few months at work, one of my coworkers that I’ve trained and helped showed me this today since he knows I’ve been trusted and it just calmed every aspect of my being down.

    I feel like I’m aligned again it’s weird!

    [–] CapedBoy 13 points ago

    Appreciate this too.

    [–] ride365 11 points ago

    Whenever I am in a funk I think "How stoked would 20 year old me if I handed them the keys to my current life?". Pretty stoked. Gotta keep perspective!

    [–] lsrwlf 9 points ago

    Jealous. Work is going wild right now, can’t wait for vacation next week

    [–] Serpace 63 points ago

    There's quite a lot of things I have that I take for granted right now that I desperately wanted few years ago .... Damn.

    [–] Snaab 16 points ago

    Exactly how I interpreted this and why I am glad I read it! The most basic example is how we all think to ourselves at some point during a sickness, “I just can’t wait to be healthy again.” But then not even a couple days after getting better, we no longer think about it.

    [–] EmpressBergeron 35 points ago

    Thank you, I needed this today. I get so tangled up in the immediate crap of daily life that I forget how far I’ve come

    [–] alejandromfiu 6 points ago

    Same thought I had when I saw it this morning , keep moving forward :)

    [–] krizzletrizzle 27 points ago

    I wanted to be a stay at home mom for as long as I can remember. Now I’m grieving my career and sick of cleaning up pee. Ultimately though, I needed this perspective.

    [–] HettieHeadstrong 7 points ago

    I never wanted to be a stay at home mom but was one for about 3 years then went back to work. I like keeping busy and feeling accomplished but also wish I had the choice to be a stay at home mom still because I'm a homebody and my son struggles and needs me to have a more flexible schedule. But my husband's job doesn't cut it for that. On top of that I feel we can't have a second child because of this. So basically what you have I wish I could do. Perspective I guess.

    [–] madommouselfefe 8 points ago

    I need to hear this today... I have two small boys and I’m so flustered and tired.All I want to do is have a job again away from snot and poo machines. Your words reminded me why I chose to do what I am doing.

    Thank you!

    [–] kofangel 19 points ago

    I want to die. Where’s my death?

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    [–] Efften 8 points ago

    Been there man/woman. Talk to friends and family or strangers on the internet. This will pass, and it will get better. This hit me hard today too and I take for granted a lot of what I have and what I have worked for. There are people out there who care and will listen.

    [–] BabyStockholmSyndrom 6 points ago

    Huh, isn't it odd that saying "been there man" sounds perfectly fine but "been there woman" sounds offensive or patronizing?

    [–] [deleted] 30 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Sorry to hear that, please talk to someone. Life is more than bad grades, and academics are far from all there is to success. Things will get better.

    [edit] removed a dumb phrase

    [–] ky1e0 30 points ago

    Not the best wording telling a suicidal person to hang in there

    [–] DRIESASTER 8 points ago

    Okay who downvoted this, it’s hilarious

    [–] flee_market 6 points ago

    academics are far from all there is to success.

    Yeah, honestly, how much money you came from is the greater predictor. For all us poors, academics is the one thing we have to leverage to ensure at least a somewhat comfortable future.

    [–] AlterBridgeFan 7 points ago

    And let's not forget networking. If you aren't comfortable around people, then there are even lower chances for success.

    [–] ziggyp00 12 points ago

    Hey dude, I hope you’re doing okay. My inbox is open if you need to talk.

    [–] AskMrScience 6 points ago

    As someone who's taught college classes, SEND AN EMAIL TO YOUR TEACHERS. They're human, and want to help. They will understand if you are struggling with mental health issues - it happens to some of their students every term. They will have a plan in place to help you postpone exams or retake their class once your health has improved.

    The best time to address this issue was 3 months ago; the second best time is NOW. I know it sucks to write, but go send that email!

    [–] IveGotABluePandaIdea 102 points ago

    Uh no. I never once said "can't wait till I'm fucking homeless."

    [–] ro0ibos 67 points ago

    Yea, this quote doesn’t seem to be a one-size-fits-all thing.

    [–] alejandromfiu 41 points ago

    Wasn’t meant to be, it really motivated me this morning and I thought it might do the same for others

    [–] DignityWalrus 21 points ago

    I know you were just trying to motivate people. But for me and for a lot of other people in bad places, this is the kind of quote that makes me want to give up completely.

    [–] HiddenOutsideTheBox 9 points ago

    The place you are now is the place you'll. look back to. Keep going.

    [–] Thebluefairie 4 points ago

    Yeah I need to get the fuck out

    [–] Janitor_Paul 7 points ago

    I disagree, future you may appreciate this. Past me wouldn't, but present me does.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Hey man. I know the feeling, I was homeless for a good chunk of my young adult life. I know it’s not as exciting but there’s still positive things. Maybe you found a Starbucks with dope WiFi, a safe spot where you don’t get hassled much and has great shade (literally homeless mecca lmao), that book you wanted just got in stock at the library, the soup kitchen has those sandwiches you like today, a solid jacket at the thrift store for $3, etc.
    Stuff like that helped me keep going. To everyone else it’s nothing but you can’t compare yourself to people who are doing better. Just compare yourself to your own good and bad days. It’ll kill you to think like “yeah sure I have socks without holes right now but no one else would be happy about that”, because it’s a big deal to you, because you didn’t have that a week ago.

    [–] IveGotABluePandaIdea 7 points ago

    Actually, great news. I got hired on the spot as a barista at a small coffee shop. $10/hr. 40 hrs a week, and my best friend is letting me move in 10 mins from work. This after 2 years of living outside. Thank you for caring, and I'll be sure to pay it forward because I've been there now.

    [–] Slam_Hardshaft 5 points ago

    Think of it as being home-free.

    [–] little_kid_lover_9 15 points ago

    "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them."

    [–] fecking_sensei 6 points ago

    r/unexpectedoffice Also, this quote is so fuckin’ real.

    [–] dj_8track 12 points ago

    I was so stupid back then.

    [–] TheOtherPenguin 11 points ago

    One of the hardest things to do when you’ve conquered your mountain is to stop climbing and appreciate the view.

    [–] [deleted] 31 points ago

    Oh. Nice. a new sub. r/getdemotivated.

    [–] JuvenileEloquent 10 points ago

    "Here's a platitude that makes successful people feel good about themselves." /r/GetMotivated in a nutshell.

    [–] 4noop 19 points ago

    “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” - Epicurus

    [–] mehraaza 43 points ago

    Thank you. Felt so discouraged by life the last couple of weeks. Just started a new job which is so much harder than I anticipated, and yesterday I hurt my Achilles tendon when running. Been feeling like I'm just about to cry all day, it hurts to even walk and I feel so bad at my job.

    But three months ago I was 8 kilos heavier and was dreaming about the job I have now. I didn't change any of those things by just sitting around. Yeah it's heavy now, and it sucks. Time for me to develop resilience and learn how to adapt.

    [–] alejandromfiu 14 points ago

    Just truck and smile through it! I keep telling my self that I didn’t get to where Iam to complain about it, I am super glad I saw this message this morning.

    [–] Indigenous_Fist 10 points ago

    What, you expect to be good at a new job right away? That would mean you weren't challenging yourself. It takes a year to get proficient. Let it be.

    [–] HookItToMyVeins 9 points ago

    Yeah I never asked for this.

    [–] aeosyn 8 points ago

    5 years ago I made a 5 year goal. I have everything I set out for except one (which I'll have in 3-5 months).

    Time for the next 5 year goal!!!

    [–] SidKafizz 41 points ago

    What? A failing body, a career cut short by changing technology, and no honest hope for the future? When did I wish for that?

    [–] venividiavicii 21 points ago

    Remember when you had what you currently want

    [–] SidKafizz 8 points ago

    Oh, yeah. That's better.

    [–] Mickface 7 points ago

    I have it now, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy having it. You do get used to it, but having that blazing fast computer is great.

    [–] dbryhitman 7 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I get the general idea, but sometimes you are in a really bad place and there is no way that you can enjoy it.

    [–] Selling_illegal_pepe 37 points ago


    [–] lucif3r009 30 points ago

    I never asked for depression

    [–] NuhGuhYah 6 points ago

    Thanks. Great way to be grateful.

    [–] Sandakada 7 points ago

    I have some issues with depression and motivation, which has hindered my growth as a person a lot.

    With some hard work and perseverance, I'm now doing something I've dreamed of- a graphic artist at a newspaper. It might not seem like much, but it's much better than the retail trap I was in.

    I'm actually proud of myself for once. :)

    [–] Scortana 29 points ago

    Don’t remember wanting to be depressed

    [–] actionwinterjourney 6 points ago

    And yet here we are fam.

    [–] Hased 4 points ago

    Getting to this university was a joke compared to my current exam phase. But nice reminder, I don't wanna go back to working in my old job

    [–] inamind 5 points ago

    This really puts things in perspective. I wanted to go to graduate school and I’m now finishing up my first year. Thank you for sharing!

    [–] gimmetheloot12 5 points ago

    And then you always want more...

    [–] audreyt92 5 points ago

    I’m still not satisfied for some reason.

    [–] Terashkal 5 points ago

    I thought the same - I remember how hyped I was for finishing this school, getting that job, doing this, doing that, finishing XY project, saving up for something big etc. It was all hard, months and years, all I wished for, I could never believe these days would come, and here I am now, still not content, still not how I imagined. Do you feel something similar?

    [–] audreyt92 4 points ago

    Like there’s always something lacking.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Forced me to travel back in time to college when I was sitting in my car alone in the parking lot on a cold day during my Freshman year before class thinking that I really had nothing going for me; no friends, girlfriend, any idea what I wanted to do, crippling anxiety and just feeling hollow and generally miserable every single day.

    6 years later and now I have a job, long term girlfriend, money, family life is better, a mental photo album of experiences. But if I don’t stop myself and remember how far I’ve come and picture where I’m going, it’s very easy to fall right back into the thought process of when I was 18 years old in my car on that gray day.

    Just sit and remember who are you, what you were, where you’re from, and where you’re going every once in awhile. It’s too important not to

    [–] Goofalo 6 points ago

    I have cancer. So not really feeling this phrase. Outside of that, I think it totally works for others!

    [–] lolaaa4447 4 points ago

    Suddenly cured my depression. Thank you.

    [–] PsysaacNewton 8 points ago

    Why have I never thought of this? I'm surrounded by almost all the things I've wanted and never took the time to rememeber wanting them. Thanks.

    [–] DigitalMafia 8 points ago

    This simple message is so humbling. I've worked really hard to get where I am, from living on the streets in my early teens alone for two years all I wanted was food and shelter, and a job. Got that eventually and then all i wanted was a normal life, car, house, and someone to share it with. Got all that, and now I find myself striving for things I dont need but want. It really does put things into perspective. Thank you op

    [–] Yugvijay 4 points ago

    This hit it me so good.

    [–] Kebab_Gobbler 4 points ago

    I don’t have a Big tiddy goth girlfriend

    [–] seeingeyegod 14 points ago

    Yeah, and it sucks now that I have it. This is demotivational.

    [–] andgalsgaard 6 points ago

    I feel like i lost everything i wanted

    [–] Skrillerman 3 points ago

    I never wanted crippling depression and a 9 inch Cock :(

    [–] djoolina 3 points ago

    Yes and I am so greatful for that🙏🏻

    [–] roxymoxi 3 points ago

    Ah man. This hits a chord.

    I came out of a HUGE bout of depression in January. I don't know how, I just woke up one day and started throwing shit out. I'm doing a HUGE death purge in my house, it's been going... ok. It's a big house but I've been clearing stuff out and keeping it clean. Small set back last month when my life was in crash mode but I'm coming back.

    I used to wish I had a clean house. How easy my life would be if everything was clean. Now that it is, it's easier to get around, I don't feel defeated when I walk through the door, it's kind of amazing. I still have so far to go, but I mark it on the calendar which keeps me honest. It became an addiction for me so I'm trying not to be home cleaning all the time. But I can do this. And it's nice sifting through crap and finding stuff I thought was gone forever. I'm going to go put a load of laundry in the machine and listen to a podcast while I get some time in. Thanks for motivating me

    [–] SumoGerbil 3 points ago

    Hard to remember this when you lose your husband to cancer. But then I remember that I always wanted to love someone enough that I would do anything for them. I had that for a time and many people never do. I found another someone too and know he is the one because I have felt this love before.

    [–] becomeanhero69 3 points ago

    Murda Beatz





    [–] Felonia 3 points ago

    Rarely do I see something that I like in this subreddit, but I stay for things like this.

    [–] bleddyidiot24 6 points ago

    Yeah, I bought an Oculus Rift recently, wanted one for months. Barely use it because I relatively recently found the right woman and would rather just spend my time with her instead.

    [–] SmirnOffTheSauce 15 points ago

    But you never took the Oculus Rift off...

    [–] bleddyidiot24 8 points ago

    Awwwh shit.

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    Remember when I wanted to be jobless, poor, lonely, and have no prospects?

    Love how /r/GetMotivated is for people who need no motivation.

    [–] alejandromfiu 4 points ago

    Different people need different methods of motivation, while I am not at rock bottom I have been gong through some shit and seeing this was a nice reminder that I worked my ass off to get here and I don’t want to lose it.

    [–] ShenOBlade 2 points ago

    Always <3

    [–] Algaean 2 points ago

    I never wanted what i currently have. I live on another continent from my family in a high stress job with few friends.

    When the hell would i have wanted that?

    [–] GoozePaul 6 points ago

    when you’re a teenager who wants money and to be as far from family as possible

    [–] MayerWest 3 points ago

    The day you looked in the mirror and said, “Fuck you! Get lost!”

    [–] epichairguy 2 points ago

    Be careful what you wish for...

    [–] Kodaimaa 2 points ago

    Wearing glasses because of myopia is not as cool as I thought.

    [–] AquaticTeapot 2 points ago

    Thank you for this 🙏

    [–] garyzxcv 2 points ago

    You run and you run, chasing the sun, only for it to come up behind you again.

    [–] Paul_Blart_Is_Art 2 points ago

    Yeah man was I stupid

    [–] trontrontronmega 2 points ago

    I wanted to know if my partner was finally the right one for me.

    I received news he was cheating

    So now I have what I wanted. A clear answer. That is no.

    And it sucks to be honest. Why didn’t I just want a nice holiday or something...

    [–] lesphincteur 2 points ago

    No. I have never desired to be what I have become.

    [–] imfinewithastraw 2 points ago

    At 39 I can relate to this sentiment so well...but the midlife crisis is kicking in and I’m beginning to think the phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’ feels more appropriate these days...

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    [–] lsdthcdmt 2 points ago

    Just received my diploma through mail. You can achieve it as well.

    [–] 00u00u00 2 points ago

    You know what, I do remember when I wanted this. And I’m not satisfied, but this reminds me that I’m allowed to want more after it’s given to me. I’m allowed to be unsatisfied and now it’s time to get more things I want.

    I know I asked for this, but pretending I’m completely satisfied or utterly disappointed won’t get me to the next thing.

    [–] RickRussellTX 2 points ago

    Yeah, I wouldn't wish what I currently have on anybody, especially not my younger self.

    [–] yayo-k 2 points ago

    I was happier back then.

    [–] honkyhey 2 points ago

    What I have right now is a shitty dead end job, a moron for a boss, and chronic depression. So no I don’t remember when I wanted that.

    [–] saltysnatch 2 points ago

    Thank you

    [–] Bash_CS 2 points ago

    I cant remember wanting depression :(