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Things you didn't know until later in life....
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Curious to find out general information people didn't learn until recently or later in their lives. Maybe a certain topic has never crossed you in a situation before or a certain word has never come up in conversation until you were older.

For me I didn't know what cellulite was until I was 18.
I also didn't know what a campus was until I was 15.
I didn't know Americans called Dummies (British), pacifiers until later in my teens.

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I didn't know how to speak English until I began speaking. :|
Posted 7/13/12
I didn't realize how marriage and child birth really kills hanging out time with friends til 24. In short: your friend gets married or they have kids, they pretty much disappear off the face of the damn planet.
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I never really comprehended just how horrible people can be.
Posted 7/13/12

Happencheese wrote:

I never really comprehended just how horrible people can be.


Aww. Any recent events caused you to feel that way?
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26 / F / New Zealand
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negan wrote:


Happencheese wrote:

I never really comprehended just how horrible people can be.


Aww. Any recent events caused you to feel that way?


Not really. Just day to day living, lol.
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25 / M / Southern California
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Throughout your life, you will meet stupid people you just can't win against. You just gotta deal with it
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I didn't realise that 'chow' was actually 'ciao' until the other day. I thought they were two separate words with similar meanings...until I figured it out in the shower
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I did not know when to use "nor" and when to use "or" until I was like 14.
I was never told exactly how to use commas until I was 15.
I did not know what 9/11 was until I was 13. In my defense I was like five when it happened.
I did not know that Germans are real people until I was 13 or 14.
I could not distinguish between a Korean last name and a Japanese last name until I was 12.
I did not know the true reason behind the Civil War until I was 12.
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30 / M / Las Vegas
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Being "cool" doesn't matter.
You are NOT a unique snowflake.
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i didn't know 1+1 until i became a genius math mind inception regulating space time continuum master
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I did not know that we could use the damn letters in solving an equation in MATH <.<;;
and I did not know my bestie could be a big bitch til recently.
Posted 7/14/12
I didn't know i was naturally strong till i started working out... 19 years old
I didn't know i was fat in middle school i thought i was G!
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68 / M / Columbia, MO
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Everybody has problems and/or has experienced loss. Loss and disappointment know no boundaries and do not discriminate whether you are male, female, little kid, older kid, teenager, and beyond. Never assume anyone has all the answers. Some individuals can handle disappointment better than others; ditto for success.

The big mistake I made during my twenties was presuming everyone older than me who wasn't an alcoholic, druggie, on probation for something, or in jail for something had to be very successful at what they were doing because, from my perception, they never complained or whined about anything, about loss or being disappointed. The reality was most of them had experienced many life hardships along the way, they just didn't talk or complain about it like I had a tendency to do. By the time I was 28 I learned to handle disappointments maturely rather than whine and complain about life not being fair.

As for relationships it's hard for some parents to view their children as mature, intelligent, and independent. It will be hard for some of them to let go once their child gets married. As long as they're alive that child will always be perceived as the 10 year old child, even if you are chronologically 50+ (this phenomena may be different in other cultures).

Tastes and perceptions change as you get older. Attitudes about events and topics also change given enough time. What might have excited you as a teenager or twenty-something may no longer when you're in your 30's, 40's. Some of this will stem from behaviors learned through life experiences; some will be from genetics. Dig out a psych or anatomy book and study the meanings for concrete thinker, rational thinker, analytical thinker. The brain takes time to develop and become fully functional. Teenagers, with rare exception, are concrete thinkers. They may be able to rationalize somewhat but that stage is still undergoing subtle changes. I'm not suggesting if you fall into this age cohort that you're dumb or stupid....it's not that way at all. The brain inside a teenager is still developing physiologically and all the abilities to process information or events analytically are still "under construction".

As you age some senses recede. The sense of immortality will be gone by the time you are 30. Your vision will fade by age 40. Reading small print in the dark or on dark surfaces will get harder by age 44. Mid-life crises like to occur anywhere from late '30's to mid-'40's. Body strength will recede in late '50's unless exercising often is the norm. The body immune system starts taking vacations in the late '50's--early '60's and that progression gets worse as time moves forward.

Still awake? Never forget: Relationships will be a challenge at any age. There is no magic formula.



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I didn't know cherry blossoms petals fall 5 cm per second
you know til' I saw this one movie
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