What’s a warning that everyone should heed? For example, don’t eat yellow snow. It’s basic. It’s stupid, but it’s accurate. After polling the internet, here are the top-voted warnings.
A Falling Knife Has No Handle
“A falling knife has no handle,” shared one. Another stated, “Adding on that. The most dangerous knife is a blunt one.” Finally, a third quoted Dune, “Don’t forget: the slow blade penetrates the shield.” But in seriousness, a falling knife has no handle, don’t try to catch it, or you will get cut.
Not Everything You Think and Feel Is Worth Sharing
“Not everything you think and feel is worth sharing,” suggested one. “On the opposite side of this, you would be surprised how little other people care about what you, individually, do.”
“The people who care will either support you 100% or are so negative in hate and jealousy that they are not worth worrying about,” shared another.
Love Intensities Vary
“Just because you think you love that person doesn’t mean they love the same intensity. Sometimes it’s more and sometimes less than what you expect,” one reported. A second confessed, “Learned that from friends that I had gigantic consideration, but then I realized it wasn’t coming back from them the same way.”
It’s a Duck
One person warned, “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. Stop trying to make sense of why someone behaves a certain way, and stop finding excuses for them.”
Motorcycle Riders Should Dress for the Slide, Not the Ride
“Motorcycle riders should dress for the slide, not the ride. Also, don’t skimp on helmets,” warned one motorcyclist. “When it comes to helmets, many people fight hard against having to wear them. Sure, they can be hot and uncomfortable, but I never understood that concept.”
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
“Step outside your comfort zone. Life is short. So go and apply for that position, ask that cute guy or girl out, go on that trip, or learn a new skill. Life is too short, and you do not want to have any regrets that you didn’t do this or that,” another stated.
Loved Ones Can Hurt You More Than Your Enemies
Someone volunteered, “Loved ones can hurt you more than your enemies. Now that I think about it, people who disliked me never did anything but talk badly about me, and I expected – compared to people I trusted enough to say I love you. But instead, they were the ones who hurt me. And it was all unexpected.”
You’re Not Obligated To Stay With Anyone
“You’re not obligated to stay with anyone. Just because you have known someone for a long time, or they are your parents, you don’t have to stay with them. You can let go. You can walk away and be fine,” shared one.
“Don’t be afraid to walk away from friends, family, or other obligations just because you have carried them for so long. Sometimes there is value in starting fresh, and sometimes, you need that to be able to heal. If you’re sick of dealing with the pain and suffering of those surrounding you, leave!”
Saving Money Doesn’t Always Justify Spending
“When you think you’re saving money buying something on sale, it still doesn’t justify spending money. For example, ‘I just bought this new TV. I saved $300’ You still spent $750,” another warned.
Be Careful Who You Share Good News With
Finally, someone said, “Be careful who you share your good news with, and don’t announce your goals and plans for the sake of accountability. Most of the time, it’s better to move in silence and let the fruits of your labor speak for themselves.”
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Melanie launched Partners in Fire in 2017 to document her quest for financial independence with a mix of finance, fun, and solving the world’s problems. She’s self educated in personal finance and passionate about fighting systematic problems that prevent others from achieving their own financial goals. She also loves travel, anthropology, gaming and her cats.