Life experences you found over hyped

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SmegInThePants:
getting a job. I was promised as a child that doing so would teach me the value of a dollar. But ya know what, after decades of working, it only taught me how much more value time has over $. I've learned how much *others* value a dollar, obsessively - almost equating to worship. But the more i work the less value a dollar has in my eye. Sorry ma, you were wrong! Or very right, but not in the way you thought you'd be. hehe

This. Oh so very much this. I think having a job is overhyped. Don't get me wrong, I've had jobs in the past that I've loved, got along great with the people I work with, had a blast, but money will never ever be as important as time. Why? Well, money can come and go, but time just goes. Now ay to get that back. And money ain't gonna help you when its all over and you cease to exist for the rest of eternity, is it?

ElPatron:

Really? Since I was 15-16 I noticed the trend of making it look uncomfortable and awkward. If you were caught by surprise, perhaps you should have watched more American Pie or those other comedies about highschool.

I was referring more specifically (if enigmatically) to the pain of almost having my 'banjo string' torn by an overenthusiastic girlfriend trying something out without fully being 'ready'.

That, I did not ever see in comedies when I was in secondary-school D=

I'd definitely go with drinking....I dislike the taste and tend to like to be in control of myself, so drinking something I don't like until I lose my inhibitions is doubly unappealing.

Drinking I still don't get what is so amazing about being drunk, it almost always ends up bad in some way.

Driving just had my first few lessons after that its just piss easy and not all that exciting as everyone claims it is.

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hulksmashley:
College.

Let me tell you a secret. College is hard.

And engineering will suck out your soul through your nose if you're not careful.

What branch of engineering are you going into?

Sex. It's messy, it's easily forgettable, it can lead to many undesirable effects on the body...I also strongly dislike children so the paranoia that comes with anything sexual really isn't helpful. Foreplay can be fun but sex itself loses all of it's appeal a few seconds after the climax.

Notable mentions include High School, Prom, Driving, Drinking and, Gambling.

hulksmashley:
College.

Let me tell you a secret. College is hard.

And engineering will suck out your soul through your nose if you're not careful.

I couldn't make it through my first semester at a CC. All of the same stresses of high school with the added stress of paying for the experience. There was also the stress of not knowing what to study that made the whole thing seem like a waste of time and money to me.

Driving was one, so was turning 21 (I don't drink so all that happened is now I am dad's beer fetcher).
2 abnormal life experiences that were overhyped are rappelling and firing a machine gun. I did both of those during my stint in the army and both were kind of boring.

JoesshittyOs:
I don't know if this counts seeing how I skipped it, but I too will go with Senior Prom.

By that point, I was recently broken up with an girl that I eventually came to despise, I thought literally everyone at the school was either an idiot, a douche, or completely stuck up, and I was also tired of my friends.

I wasn't even really unpopular at my school. I just hated people.

Oh, and the whole having a girlfriend thing was kinda lame once I realized that you actually were suppose to work at the relationship, and super awesome romanticness wasn't really guaranteed.

Turning 18 was kinda dumb once I realized that I had no desire to take up smoking, rendering the date nearly useless.

Pretty much all of these are on my list. Especially that last one. My 18th birthday was basically "okay, you're 18 now, go buy a lotto ticket", then everything went right back to the way it was. Seemed incredibly silly.

AngloDoom:
I was referring more specifically (if enigmatically) to the pain of almost having my 'banjo string' torn by an overenthusiastic girlfriend trying something out without fully being 'ready'.

That, I did not ever see in comedies when I was in secondary-school D=

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Oh god. That's just... Wow. I flinched when I read this. You have my sympathies for that one. And no, they don't mention that at all in the comedies.

God damn am I glad to have avoided that.

Drinking my friend and my ex's all found drinking to be awesome (btw I'm English and you need to be 18 to drink we where about 15-16) I just thought meh doesn't taste that great ill stick to coke. then they are all like it's not about the taste is about getting drunk so I go ok and get drunk. All that happened is that I could not remember what happened between said few hours and I woke up in bed next to some girl only up side was that she was pretty decent. I find it pointless now and if I'm going to get drunk for the hell of it ill at least drink something that tastes good which is why I now drink wine.

Agayek:

AngloDoom:
I was referring more specifically (if enigmatically) to the pain of almost having my 'banjo string' torn by an overenthusiastic girlfriend trying something out without fully being 'ready'.

That, I did not ever see in comedies when I was in secondary-school D=

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Oh god. That's just... Wow. I flinched when I read this. You have my sympathies for that one. And no, they don't mention that at all in the comedies.

God damn am I glad to have avoided that.

...Yeah.

Problem is, another girl kind of did the same, except she just went for it without trying to, uh, 'ease it in' thinking it'd be exciting but kind of forgetting she wasn't fully ready.

There was blood. So much blood. All mine. No sex for a month.

Thankfully it didn't tear fully but...it's safe to safe it tore more than I'd have liked it to.

I found sex to not be that awesome.
But I could have a problem, too.

People who say high school is the best part of their lives.

High school was fine, but by three months into college only about two of my top ten life experiences had happened in high school.

At 36, I'd be a LONG ways down the list before something in high school showed up.

Also, my wedding. My wife and I had been living together for over three years before we got married; it's been nine years since then. The wedding itself was a cool life experience because we took maybe a dozen people to Ireland and spent a week there, with the wedding in the middle. The wedding itself was a blip on the radar; the mass travel with friends and family was awesome. If we had not gotten married in the middle of it, it still would have been amazing. And my wife and I would still have the same kind of relationship.

Similarly, the birth of our kids was not particularly astounding except in that the births marked the beginning of all the amazing things the kids do. (or at least that they start getting interesting at about 6 months) About the least interesting thing my 4 year old daughter has done is be born. One of my favorites? She sleeps with a two foot long nerf sword so she can fight off any bad dreams that show up.

SmegInThePants:
getting a job. I was promised as a child that doing so would teach me the value of a dollar. But ya know what, after decades of working, it only taught me how much more value time has over $. I've learned how much *others* value a dollar, obsessively - almost equating to worship. But the more i work the less value a dollar has in my eye. Sorry ma, you were wrong! Or very right, but not in the way you thought you'd be. hehe

What are you on about, it taught you the value of the dollar. It just wasn't very much.

Personally? Sex.. Generic, vanilla, sex. Everyone is all "YOU'LL BECOME A MAN" and then, when I finally did.. It was meh. Tiring, hard work, and boring.

Captcha: Window dressing, now that, that sounds more exciting.

I went to prom, twice actually. I didn't really enjoy it very much, though it was better the second time.

I guess Canada just doesn't make a big deal or put much money into it as much as the United States of the Americas. If I had missed prom I don't feel I would have missed out on a life experience. I think most feel that way.

Also my 21st birthday, everyone made a big deal. Again...I live in Canada and I could drink legally when I hit 19, so why are we celebrating a milestone that really only matters in United States blah blah America?

Whatevers.

Dolphins.

Fuck dolphins. I got cock blocked by a dolphin.
No, really. I was on a cruise, family were with me, I had a date lined up with someone on the ship. Family are like 'oh there's a dolphin show on, come with us.' I say no, obviously. And they have a massive go about me not spending enough time with them on the holiday. No shit, there were people my age on the ship.
In the end I had to cancel the date.

That's why fuck dolphins.

Being able to drink is awesome. Nothing better than going to the pub with mates after (or sometimes during) college. But being able to do it legally does mean that I hardly ever bother getting very drunk, I just get merry instead.

Losing my virginity, but not really for the same reasons others have mentioned.

I don't know what guys expect, but as a girl I was always told it was going to hurt and be awkward. It didn't really and it wasn't really. It wasn't incredible, but it wasn't bad either and I had fun (and no, I wasn't in some serious, loving relationship with the guy to distract me from the discomfort or whatever).

Furthermore, I was always led to believe that, despite the "inevitable" discomfort and awkwardness it was going to be some massive event in my life that changed me forever. Yeah... not so much. Don't get me wrong, I really love sex, but popping my cherry just wasn't that big of a deal for me.

The whole thing about Highschool being a fun experience was a lie. I am glad I graduated back in 2006. I found graduation to be completely boring. I wish I had stayed home. Birthdays are not really special to me, I view them as just another day.

I never went to prom but I am guessing I would have found it boring as well.

hulksmashley:
College.

Let me tell you a secret. College is hard.

Also this. I'm at a very prestigious university, and yes, obviously I knew it was going to be difficult when I accepted my place, but I'd expected more of a balance. My university also has an incredibly inconvenient reputation for being oh so glamorous and jolly good fun, old chap (I'm British and said reputation is significantly dated). If I (or any of my friends who are also hating the experience) dare to complain we get dismissed out of hand, even though most of the people doing the dismissing (parents, friends at other universities) know nothing about the place except what they've been fed the by the various media.

Why yes, I am bitter, why do you ask? :P

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hulksmashley:

axlryder:

hulksmashley:
College.

Let me tell you a secret. College is hard.

And engineering will suck out your soul through your nose if you're not careful.

What branch of engineering are you going into?

Civil Engineering. I've mainly focused on water treatment, and environmental classes. The structural and highway work just isn't as interesting. I get the degree in about a month. It's been a long long road.

How about you?

Oh, I'm going for a computer science degree now, but my best friend is also almost finished with his mechanical engineering degree. From what he's told me they run you engineering majors pretty ragged. Props to you for managing to get through it.

Lumber Barber:

Vault101:
attutude is a very important thing...and can dictate how you experience certain things

for me I was told that highschool would be "the best time of my life" *snnrrrk* yeah right..fucking liars

They say that it's the time of your life because it only goes downhill from there. I know only a single adult that admits this.

yeah they actually said that too "its all downhill from here"

I mean what the fuck? why would you tell me this? do you think Im just going ot turn around and say "gosh! your right! time for me to be happy and wait untill the end of all happyness in my life!"

I hate that line of thinking, greanted adult life is hard, but fuck that highschool was crap and Im a million times happyer now than I was then so screw them

Honestly, Prom.

Before I start getting any replies, yes, I did go to Prom, and yes, I did enjoy it. Seriously though, it is hyped like crazy and it's considered the best night your high school years. This is obviously coming from shallow people with no true friends and a lack of perspective to what "being popular" amounts to (i.e. absolutely nothing).

I went with a group of friends who all decided to not take dates and to just enjoy the night as singles. We laughed, we ate, took pictures, danced a lot, and I got a few kisses and hugs from girls who I was slightly interested in. Overall, it was great, but not "amazing" as many before me have speculated.

The best night of my high school years was when I took my first love to another more enjoyable and awesome dance.

Drinking. The fun I get from drinking comes from being around friends who are also drinking. Drinking alone doesn't do much for me.

When I drink alcohol I suddenly feel like I'm less than I am, so turning 21 was just another ordinary day.

When I smoke I feel like I'm inhaling death, so turning 18 was just another ordinary day.

Vault101:
attutude is a very important thing...and can dictate how you experience certain things

for me I was told that highschool would be "the best time of my life" *snnrrrk* yeah right..fucking liars

Yeah, I got told the same thing, it wasn't bad... I didn't get bullied or anything, in fact I don't think anyone at my school got bullied, I mean the football team was crap so they couldn't laud superiority over the geeks in the band who got to play at the Olympics and NFL football games. And a gay band geek/cheerleader was homecoming king my sophomore year. But despite the overwhelming acceptance of everyone that existed at my school I would hardly say it was the best time of my life, I basically was bored most of the time, which is why I spent my senior year at a community college.

MorganL4:

Vault101:
attutude is a very important thing...and can dictate how you experience certain things

for me I was told that highschool would be "the best time of my life" *snnrrrk* yeah right..fucking liars

Yeah, I got told the same thing, it wasn't bad... I didn't get bullied or anything, in fact I don't think anyone at my school got bullied, I mean the football team was crap so they couldn't laud superiority over the geeks in the band who got to play at the Olympics and NFL football games. And a gay band geek/cheerleader was homecoming king my sophomore year. But despite the overwhelming acceptance of everyone that existed at my school I would hardly say it was the best time of my life, I basically was bored most of the time, which is why I spent my senior year at a community college.

yeah. my highschool experience was neither great or terrible...it just was

though I can think of 2 phases I had

first highschool we were a small comunity (there since day one) so our year was a reasonable sized but close knit groupe of freinds, everything was simple, go to school, hang out (I may be Idealising it now though..I probably am)

phase 2 when I went to a bigger school in the city, I had to deal with making freinds and the added preasure of actual schoolwork and "what do you want to do after school?" which was now a looming event

and then I seriously wished I could have just gone back to when things were "simple" which they were simpler, less stress, but not without issue (like the amount of shitheads that really belonged anywhere BUT school...at least in the private systm they weed them out and put them where they shoudl be)

anyway I guess my point is...can somthing really be considered the "best time of your life" when you actually didnt think it was that great at the time? as they say heindsight is 20/20

Drinking-meh, started when I was 19 and was around drinkers since child hood so it was never a big deal for me
Graduation-Meh, boring, idd it for the folks and grand folks
Driving-Pretty awesome since I live in a spread out area with piss poor public transit
The one thing that ended up being pretty awesome was sex, but that was largely cause I found the right person and she likes to experiment in kink as much as I do :3

My 21st birthday was the same as birthdays 11-20, in which I went out to dinner with my parents and aunt and uncle. Nothing changed, I'd been drinking for years. I knew that bars were crap and that most alcohol in my price range tastes like crap. Just because I'm 21 doesn't mean that anything about drinking has improved except for the lack of legal risks (although people keep rejecting my driver's license when I'm trying to buy beer).

Also college. Maybe it was part of my college choice, but so many people at my school were wildly pretentious asses, professors were often unbearably haughty or neglectful of their undergrad students, courses I actually want to take fill up before my registration time, several hundred person lectures are trash, college parties are pretty lame, and I started getting donation requests before I even graduated from the damn place. Best four years of my life? If I was feeling generous, I would award one of my favorite four years to college

ElPatron:

Bertylicious:
I was deeply dissapointed by the first blowjob I got. I had it all built up in my mind to be this wonderful feeling of sensual bliss.

Turned out to be very boring.

Because she probably didn't have enough practice, unlike a porn star?

Well this is it! Well, not about the porn star or the practice, but the observation that I've never had a good blowjob. And what makes a good blowjob? A good blowjobber?

It's got to be about passion. About desire for one's throbbing gristle.

Some of us here will have found a good blowjob. Something that embraces them with passion and fills them with joy, excitement and an overwhelming desire to go forward in life to achieve greatness!

Bertylicious:
I was deeply dissapointed by the first blowjob I got. I had it all built up in my mind to be this wonderful feeling of sensual bliss.

Turned out to be very boring.

I think that pretty much every sexual encounter when you are young is just awkward. It comes down to a lack of experience and teenage emotions. I remember my first hand-job was terrible,she pulled down to hard and hurt my willy :(

CruisingForBiddies:

Bertylicious:
I was deeply dissapointed by the first blowjob I got. I had it all built up in my mind to be this wonderful feeling of sensual bliss.

Turned out to be very boring.

I think that pretty much every sexual encounter when you are young is just awkward. It comes down to a lack of experience and teenage emotions. I remember my first hand-job was terrible,she pulled down to hard and hurt my willy :(

I will light a candle for your poor, torn, foreskin.

My first sexy times were pretty amazing to be fair.

*stares wistfully out of the window*

Women are great.

What were we talking about? Oh yes! Life. I guess it can all be sumarised by that detective in The Wire; "life is what happens in between moments that never come". Have you ever had an experience, a life experience, that did live up to the hype?

Falling in love, it creates more hurt than it does joy. Especially if you're like me and you get stupidly paranoid if someone even looks at your partner, or they don't give you the attention you want. I sometimes wish I didn't have the capacity to feel love, then people wouldn't hurt me so much. /emo.
High school was shit. I haven't used much of what they taught me IRL, aside from maths and English. The prom was good but it didn't feel special to me. I didn't make much of an effort, didn't have a date or go in a limo. I just hung around with friends and danced.

Might be the first one to say this, but sex. Society makes it seem like the best thing ever, then my first time was like a wet firecracker: "really? That's it"?

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