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[–]Rutgers_EQ_Kimball 2588 points2589 points  (51 children)

The mafia, especially my Italian American friends who brag about having family that are "connected". My grandfather is in federal prison for extortion and I promise you there is nothing romantic about it.

[–]KalessinDB 1093 points1094 points  (17 children)

My mother once told me she had a wedding invitation signed by most of the local mob (this was ~25-30 years after her and dad got married) and immediately followed it up with "They're all dead or in jail now"

That kinda put it in perspective about what the eventual fate would be.

[–]Oddgit 237 points238 points  (10 children)

There's a recent movie about gangsters called Live by Night with Ben Affleck (not that great but it was something to watch on a flight). Near the end, Affleck's character shows some remorse about killing rivals, and his sidekick comments something along the lines "none of these guys expected to see 40". That's what more gangster/crime movies should show, living in a violent world can lead to very short lives.

[–]ihavetourinate 2257 points2258 points  (53 children)

A woman running away from her fiancé at the alter. So many commercials, movies, and tv shows. Maybe don’t agree to marry someone and then let everyone spend a ton of money and plan an entire wedding if you don’t want to marry him.

[–]ArcherChase 179 points180 points  (3 children)

The Baxter. Funny movie about the other side. Michael Showalter was marrying Elizabeth Banks or something as the nice fiancee when her old flame comes and wins her back as he is left at the alter.

It's a cute spur thing but the reality is you end up sitting confused about what's next like end of The Graduate. Also all your friends and family now hate you for fucking up the event planned and paid for and presents purchased and money spent to celebrate for your wedding.

[–]ashley419 4026 points4027 points  (84 children)

Falling in love with a 'bad boy' and hoping he'll 'change his ways' for you (or 'bad girl' for that matter).

Also, giving your 100% for someone who won't even take a second look at you, hoping that they'll realise how 'amazing' you are and fall for you.

Also, mindless loyalty, if someone has done you wrong, you're not obliged to stay and give out second chances!

[–]Noon800 630 points631 points  (12 children)

I find it insulting to enter a relationship in hopes of changing them. If you're not happy with how they are then find someone else.

[–]EmmaJulia2 1391 points1392 points  (44 children)

Volatile relationships. So many girls I know fawn over Fifty Shades when it is the opposite of real BDSM and just abuse. Also, when that Eminem song "Love the way you lie" came out every girl I went to high school with had the lyrics on their facebooks as if they were romantic. I also see a lot of movies romanticize this type of relationship that is mostly based on the switching between verbal/physical abuse and intense sex. This is not healthy, people!

[–]gingerisla 555 points556 points  (6 children)

"Imma tie you to the bed and set this house on fire". Yup. Very romantic.

[–]KarenHugerMole 221 points222 points  (10 children)

Preach. Real BDSM involves discussing boundaries ahead of time, careful planning, and safe words. A BDSM partner is not a mind reader who spontaneously does things without knowing how far your boundaries go.

[–]grimeybasketballer 10.5k points10.5k points  (481 children)

Street gangs and mafias.

[–][deleted] 4814 points4815 points  (130 children)

I'd like to add in Cartels. Like damn, I'm ashamed to say I got morbidly curious and watched cartel executions on LiveLeaks. There is some medieval torture going on in parts of the world, I'm glad I get to chill in my house like a normal guy.

[–]golfing_furry 1472 points1473 points  (33 children)

Hey Carlito man, that's not loco, that's just fiscal irresponsibility

[–]Spearmintify 1491 points1492 points  (42 children)

The gangster lifestyle in general. Having to deal with wannabe badasses antagonising me on the way home from work at 02:30 was not a part of my job description.

Edit: changed “my” to “me”

[–]HampsterUpMyAss 578 points579 points  (15 children)

"I wanna show you how hard I am! I wanna explode all over you guys!"

-mac joins the mob

[–]nuclearpunk 755 points756 points  (17 children)

synchronized finger snapping commences

[–]Curlaub 500 points501 points  (26 children)

I work with youth in state custody and many of them dream of being in gangs, they idealize that lifestyle, almost all of them swear theyll be famous rappers soon. I follow up on some of them after they leave the program. Some of them are in prison now, so congrats on being a millionaire rapper. Some ended up dead in fields with gunshot wounds. The saddest thing is that many of them were introduced to that lifestyle by family, either siblings or sometimes even parents. I can remember a few who even wanted out, but they were so young they were still dependent on family members who were in gangs. I dunno..... sad stuff.

[–]sane-ish 84 points85 points  (9 children)

On a surface level, being in a gang will empower the disenfranchised. You get 'respect', money and some status. Grinding it out at a shit job while you try to work through school or learn your trade doesn't have a quick reward. It's a trap though. The flash these guys have access to is temporary. And If they get out of prison, they're in an even worse position.

[–]gabethefatretard 613 points614 points  (100 children)

Pretty much all pieces of media that portray the mafia show them as funny or "badass" and people ignore the parts where they show how shit they make the lifes of people who have to deal with them.

[–]willmaster123 918 points919 points  (55 children)

This is something which you may not comprehend unless you grew up in a bad neighborhood.

I grew up in Brighton beach (in Brooklyn) when I first got here, and junkies and assholes jumped and robbed me and my friends on the regular. So naturally, we looked towards the local gangsters, they were tough, nobody fucked with them, even if everyone else in the neighborhood got fucked with. They were the only people who could ‘stop’ people fucking with you.

The first time I saw a local gangster literally just wave his hand and 2 junkies scattered away, I was in awe. That was power.

So yes, they are terrible people. But when your in that situation, it makes sense to look up to them. They were the only people who weren’t victimized by the crime in their neighborhood.

[–]OopsNotAgain 305 points306 points  (8 children)

Thanks for bringing a personal experience to this thread, I don't agree with gang culture but it makes sense as to why it's so prominent in impoverished areas.

[–][deleted] 2202 points2203 points  (120 children)

Lives of serial killers

[–]apple_kicks 940 points941 points  (49 children)

Vice interviewed the girls on Twitter who obsesses over them like they would for a boyband. Like voting for who is the hottest and saying who’s they’d love to date. Crazy thing is they also say thier feminists despite worshipping guys who slaughtered and hated women specifically

[–]babbysteps 388 points389 points  (24 children)

The online 'true crime' community is terrifying, I've seen people making playlists, art, fanfiction etc. about getting with these serial killers. The columbine killers in particular seem to get a lot of attention, maybe because they were the same age as these teens? It's scary.

[–]No_428 4128 points4129 points  (153 children)


I don't think many people understand that hollow feeling in your chest when you've been without with any human contact for weeks

[–]heckin-gecko 1757 points1758 points  (27 children)

Or how your chest feels like it's caving in after you try to reach out and make contact only to be dismissed as annoying or needy. Chronic loneliness is so bad for your health- mental and physical.

[–]ShaunBaun47 400 points401 points  (10 children)

I've had this problem for a while now, I've been going to therapy and slowly socializing more, and honestly, it's so important. I had a lot of unhealthy attitudes to myself, to socializing and to others that I've worked through, and still am working through.

Anxiety and loneliness isn't charming or relatable, it's painful. It's ok to share your weaknesses, but don't make them part of your identity. The goal should be to break free of them.

[–]Drake_Dangereux 567 points568 points  (38 children)

"Why dont you go out and do stuff with friends?" Thats the whole fucking point...If i had those i would not be lonely!

[–]theEvi1Twin 1145 points1146 points  (68 children)

Having a farm. It’s a lot of hot, sweaty work that doesn’t care if you’re sick or tired. My college free spirited friends all wanted to live on one because it was “simple”

[–]DaChieftainOfThirsk 136 points137 points  (8 children)

I can understand the "simple" kind of life these people seek, but it's a pretty unforgiving lifestyle... Had a lazy ex that had that dream and the awakening that would come with it would be interesting to watch. Also, sounds like you grew up on one? Thanks for growing/raising the stuff we use. :)

[–]lemmy__ 52 points53 points  (2 children)

Lmao if you're looking into making money off of a farm one of the first things you have to think about is how much labor your family can help with.

[–]mendokusai_yo 5298 points5299 points  (139 children)

Never changing an opinion.

[–]myth1202 4326 points4327 points  (44 children)

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” ― Muhammad Ali

[–]ShalmaneserIII 216 points217 points  (19 children)

Convincing people this will happen to them is strangely difficult, though. Most people seem to assume that they have all the information required to form a perfectly true and complete viewpoint on the world, people, morals, justice, etc.

Some variety of naive realism, I'm sure. And I imagine if your views change every twenty years or so, by twenty you've only really had time to have one set. By the time you've had to have different perspectives come and go, you start adding nuance.

[–]Mark_s_ 976 points977 points  (66 children)

This drives me nuts. It's even worse when you or someone else try to calmly and systematically change an opinion that's objectively wrong or misguided, and then their response is "well we'll just have to agree to disagree." No Linda, I don't agree that your kid should give mine chicken pox because you think the mercury in the vaccines will give them autism.

[–]MichelleRachel2 10.5k points10.5k points  (211 children)

Breaking up a woman's wedding because "she belongs with you"

[–]mightyjake 4134 points4135 points  (89 children)

The "speak now or forever hold your peace" part of the wedding is meant for bringing up genuine reasons why the couple cannot legally marry each other (like if one of them is already married). It's not for dramatic proclamations of love.

[–]PTech_J 1495 points1496 points  (16 children)

"Is there any reason these two should not be married?"

"Yeah, he's already married. I was waiting for the perfect time to bring it up, and right now, during this non-refundable, overpriced party, in front of everyone who paid hundreds of dollars to come here from across the country, well... this seems like the right time."

[–]INCREDIBLYHIGHTURTLE 639 points640 points  (8 children)

"hey guys the bride blew me in the closet like ten... Fifteen minutes ago. I shit you not. So... Deal with that however you wanna deal with it. I'm just gonna go. Thanks for the wine"

[–]PoorEdgarDerby 3140 points3141 points  (24 children)

Bursts into the church

STOP!!! He's no man, but a stack of three boys!!!

[–]BritainsNuttiestGuy 1192 points1193 points  (10 children)

Princess Caroline and Vincent Adultman belong together!

[–]FM1091 826 points827 points  (25 children)

I thought the phrase was dropped precisely because people kept misusing it.

[–]AKOZFUSDD 10.4k points10.4k points  (368 children)

Not taking no for an answer. The way Movies, romcoms in particular, play that as romantic is pretty off in reality.

[–]Aikidi 2162 points2163 points  (97 children)

Seriously, literally chasing someone through an airport isn't romantic. It's fucking creepy at a point.

[–]rahtin 1567 points1568 points  (75 children)

You just have to change the male lead and the background music, and every romcom becomes a psychological thriller.

I'd love to see Hollywood remake Shallow Hal with reversed genders. It would be the biggest flop in history.

[–][deleted] 1048 points1049 points  (5 children)

Reminds me of a great Jimmy Carr bit:

I've recently written a romantic comedy. It's about a guy and a girl - classic. Initially, they hate each other - classic. But they end up in bed together - classic! ... It's called, "The Rapist"

Edit: For any that want more, here's some bonus Jimmy Carr - this is his What is the Most Offensive Joke bit, that he used to do at the end of his gigs (not sure if he does or not anymore)


[–]FootloosePie 489 points490 points  (56 children)

My SO tried arguing this with me once. I took the example of Ryan Gosling in 'Stupid, Crazy, Love' where he was hitting on Emma Stone in the club and she kept denying him. She claimed his persistence was sexy. I told her to imagine the same scene but with Steve Buscemi. The creep factor definitely changed when you alter the attractiveness of the instigator.

Edit: apparently, Steve Buscemi was a terrible choice for an example. I apologize to him and his fans

[–]little_brown_bat 168 points169 points  (3 children)

Replace either of those with Joe Dirt and you’ve got most bars in my area.

[–]Bagulosis 2354 points2355 points  (90 children)

Thank you. My wife hates when I watch romantic comedies with her because I call this kind of thing out all the time. If a woman tells me she's not interested or doesn't want to see me then I will never approach her again. Life's too short to go after people who are clearly not into you.

[–]gabethefatretard 3436 points3437 points  (51 children)

Maybe she just hates that you're talking during the movie.

[–]Sunfysh 9127 points9128 points  (339 children)

Anxiety suddenly I’m seeing a whole lot of people (Mainly YouTubers) pass it off as an edgy quirk. It’s really frustrating.

[–]fs2d 2844 points2845 points  (65 children)

I always thought I had anxiety until I saw it for what it really was (and what it could do).. and realized that I was totally wrong.

My fiancee suffered a horrible concussion at the end of 2016, and was misdiagnosed by two doctors shortly afterwards. 2 months later, she caught a lacrosse ball to the head and suffered another mild one.

Over the next 9 months, her personality changed completely. She became much more aggressive, her patience was non-existent, and her once sweet and understanding demeanor was replaced with cold, hard disdain.

About half way through said 9 month period, she developed vasovagosyncopy (which turned out to be genetic but had never manifested until then). It causes her blood pressure to drop unexpectedly sometimes, which causes fainting, vertigo, nausea, and so on. And it turns out that a combination of vasovago and altered brain chemistry due to the concussions can cause someone to develop a full blown anxiety disorder. :/

I've watched anxiety now turn the woman I love completely upside down - out of nowhere it will physically lock her down, send her careening off into mental loops about her health and safety, stop her from being able to do her job (which she loves dearly), make her force herself into isolationist behaviors, and so on. I do what I can to help but, as many of you probably know, there really isn't much that you can do when your SO is dealing with a disorder like this.

She got on meds a few months back for the first time which has helped immensely, and has brought a lot of her "former self" back. She has gotten much better at reading the signs her body is giving her, recognizing her triggers and knowing when attacks are coming, but every day is still an uphill battle for her now and it makes me feel horrible because there's nothing I can really do to make it better for her.

Most of the time, the only "help" I can provide is to stay out of the way. Fuck anxiety. :(

edit: Holy crap, the responses to this were totally unexpected. Thank you everyone for your support! I tried to answer some of them, and will try to answer more in the next day or two, but again: thank you all so very much.

We're getting married in November (just locked the venue and date the other day!) and are ready to face whatever else life has for us hand in hand, side by side, even with anxiety and concussions and whatever else on our plates. We are a team, we're best friends, and we love each other more than anything - we aren't afraid. And knowing that you guys and gals have our backs only makes us stronger. <3

[–]Zanki 455 points456 points  (6 children)

You are doing a really great job. Anxiety isn't a nice thing to live with. All you can do is be there for the other person and help them through it. I never know what I want when it hits. I wish there was an easy fix. I hate knowing others are suffering like I am. I'm not as serious as your wife because I've been dealing with this since I was 7/8 so I have coping methods, but I have my moments. If you can, get her into therapy. That will really help her in the long run. I need to go but it's too expensive and the nhs won't subsidise it for me. If love to have someone to talk to about it, but I just keep it to myself.

[–]OleMaple 1488 points1489 points  (84 children)

I will say that a lot of this comes from people thinking that being an anxious person is the same as anxiety. I feel anxiety (and many other mental/emotional issues) are often misrepresented

[–]slowest-cheetah 1177 points1178 points  (32 children)

Anxiety is a normal human emotion so everyone experiences it to a degree. It’s anxiety disorders that aren’t normal.

[–]Nosiege 435 points436 points  (3 children)

They're probably misrepresented because they're named after things which are also regular emotions in people.

It it normal and expected for anyone to be anxious. It's not the same as anxiety. It's normal and expected for someone to be depressed every once and a while. It's not the same as depression.

Having these mental illnesses be named about regular feelings definitely alters people's understanding of it.

[–]gingerisla 445 points446 points  (14 children)

These "kids suffering from cancer" shows. No, kids suffering from serious diseases doesn't make them "strong" or "fighters" or "inspirational". They're not waiting to be the plot of your dumb soap opera or empowering music video. They're just normal kids. They play, they're scared, they're angry, they love their parents and sometimes they hate them. And portraying them as stronger or braver than adults might just be a parent's wishful thinking. They are just more likely to bottle up their fears and being constantly told how strong they are might just make them keep their fears for themselves. It's okay to be weak sometimes.

[–][deleted] 55 points56 points  (1 child)

Reminds me of "please like so Jesus can save him" posts on Facebook. So fucking insulting to the poor child.

[–]Laughviathan 8273 points8274 points  (264 children)

I'll take the ironic one and say relationships in general. We expect way, WAY too much out of relationships, thanks in no small part to our media.

No one should expect a relationship to magically fulfill them, make them permanently happy, fix all of their issues, or force them to learn how to love themselves. People that expect this can have major relationship issues later down the road when they find out that no person is able to fill these holes in their own life.

Relationships can be great and having an S/O is a good thing, but if you can't be enough without one, you'll never be enough with one.

[–]yes_u_suckk 3017 points3018 points  (123 children)

Adding to this list, abusive behavior in relationships:

  • If someone put a tracking device on your phone to go after you this is not romantic (50 Shades of Gray).
  • If a woman throws something at her boyfriend or punches/slaps him during an argument this is not funny - it's domestic violence (90% of romantic comedies).

[–]elevensevenone 2095 points2096 points  (76 children)

Pretty much everything in 50 Shades of Grey is abusive.

Strip away the hot guy and money, throw in someone that looks like Steve Bucemi and lives in a trailer park, and I guarantee you that all the women who swoon over Christian Grey and claim him to be romantic and "a tortured soul" will suddenly be claiming that he's creepy and abusive.

[–]wiggaroo 3008 points3009 points  (27 children)

Fuck you, Steve Buscemi is a beautiful man.

Edit: Thank you for the gold, Mr Buscemi

[–]action_lawyer_comics 869 points870 points  (26 children)

More than that, even good and healthy relationships will take a lot of hard work and involve a few fights. A lot of movies and tv shows have very idealized relationships and show fights as abnormal and the first sign of a failing relationship.

[–]Eyehopeuchoke 450 points451 points  (10 children)

After i got divorced i had such a hard time with life and was so unhappy. I would meet other people and go on dates and would be temporarily happy for a while, but always went back to sad....

After I finally truly realized and accepted what you said, my life got better tenfold. I think truly knowing that you’re just fine alone can make you a better partner and it sure as hell makes life easier. You tend to respect yourself more and make better choices about who you’re going to actually give your precious time too.

[–][deleted] 519 points520 points  (6 children)

Happily ever afters. I say this because it's not what you get out of a relationship, it's what you both put into it. And shit happens constantly and as a couple you work through the shit together. If everything went good and happy forever, then that's just unrealistic.

[–]honestgoing 2947 points2948 points  (124 children)

Overworking yourself.

People almost bragging that they have two full time jobs, go to school and have 3 kids. Like... no. That's not really something to feel proud about, it's not healthy for your mind or body. Don't get me wrong, being lazy is not good, but it is not good to work yourself to death.

[–]Aikidi 1561 points1562 points  (12 children)

"Back in my day, I worked 3 awful jobs to support your mother and you don't hear me complaining."

You did complain, and that sounds like a shit life.

[–]999GOATS666 557 points558 points  (4 children)

Yes I HATE those stories. You’re literallly complaining right now

[–]MambyPamby8 308 points309 points  (12 children)

Legit same. I work 9 to half 5 and that's it. While the extra money is nice for overtime it's barely worth it and you get no thanks for it. I'd rather go home and live my life and enjoy my evening. What's the point in stressing yourself in life?

I hate when people say I have 'the life of Riley' (not sure if it's a phrase used anywhere else but in Ireland, it's a phrase use to mean someone lives stress free and does whatever they want). Yeah you're damn right I do. I don't have kids, I play video games, I work a full time job and I travel whenever I want cause I have the money. I'm a woman in her mid 30's and I like my life the way it is. Why would I change it?!

[–]HurricaneHugo 503 points504 points  (21 children)


At work people look down on me for only working 8 hours.

If I finished my work why would I stay?

They're not going to reward you anyways

[–]reeeessssaaaa 13.6k points13.6k points  (299 children)

The starving artist lifestyle. Fuck you, Rent.

[–]Jago_Sevetar 5284 points5285 points  (202 children)

The whole “you must suffer to produce great work” mentality is so fucking toxic. Yea great adversity has always spawned great art, but you don’t get to fucking shame me for being economically independent and successful

[–]ShiraCheshire 2581 points2582 points  (33 children)

I saw an article on some tragic artist where just about everything in his life was awful, but his work was amazing. They talked about the brief time in his life when things were ok and said something like "Surprisingly, the work from this period of his life is considered his best."

No duh. While knowing what it's like to struggle can sometimes help improve art through new perspective or strong emotional content, being in the process of suffering doesn't make your art better. Being stressed and sad and miserable doesn't leave you with the time or energy you need to work at your full potential.

[–]Fatherchristmassdad 1038 points1039 points  (7 children)

Skipping meals in a draughty, cramped unheated apartment doesn't make your art more legitimate. My friend and I are both very poor, but would both be considered artists. We worked in "real jobs" but simply couldn't keep up with a runaway rent and bills situation.

The amount of people we knew who romanticised our situation was a frequent source of irritation. I was a proud person, and often it felt like they were simply going " you're poor but that's okay because you can draw, so that's expected"

[–]psyckomantis 484 points485 points  (19 children)

its also kinda interesting cuz a lot of famous artists, especially the more older ones, were super rich or had access to wealth.

[–]Jago_Sevetar 533 points534 points  (15 children)

And fucking EVERYONE has connections. Even the ones that didn’t start with connections came into them before they got their big break.

No one “just” writes the Great American Novel or paints the next Mona Lisa or kickstarts an architectural revolution. There’s ALWAYS someone helping them along.

[–]maggieG42 1160 points1161 points  (81 children)

Added to that the idea that if an artists knowingly does something, such as write song they know will sell commercially they are selling out. Well my answer to that is if so called 'selling out' will give you the funds so you can live and work harder on your artistic projects over time. God dam sell out for a bit.

[–]Jago_Sevetar 907 points908 points  (62 children)

Ooooh my god the concept of “selling out” is fucking ridiculous. Like, yea, some artists did have really strong anti-establishment ideals that they surrendered in favor of a payday. But nowadays whenever ANYONE hits it big people cry sellout. Sellout to what motherfucker?? The starving artist routine? Yea i guess they did give that the fuck up

[–]Lardowyth 3897 points3898 points  (313 children)

Apocalypses. There's an insane amount of crazy fanboys/fangirls that want a zombie apocalypse, a nuclear war, or some huge natural disaster to happen, because they think it will play out like it does in movies, TV series, and games.

[–]dangerman155 2323 points2324 points  (65 children)

Even if they did play like in our Media, most apocalypses start with 90% of the population dead, and they're probably going to be in the 90%.

[–]DemonConsulting 1097 points1098 points  (32 children)

I think for a lot of people it's a power fantasy and having a forced fresh start with all your old problems having disappeared. I know, I thought about this sort of thing when I was clinically depressed - it seemed like the “perfect“ way to either die without it being my fault or leave my old life behind and change without having to deal with the negative stigma attached.

Of course no one thinks about the reality of watching your family die (slowly), being unable to survive on your own and the whole mountain of new problems that replace the old ones you left behind.

[–]PunchingChickens 74 points75 points  (0 children)

I'm also someone who was big on these power fantasies during the worst of my depression. The way you've explained the appeal of it is spot on.

[–]JakeMeOff11 676 points677 points  (88 children)

Or better yet, they think they’d survive through to the fallout phase. If only a few million people survive a zombie outbreak, statistically you won’t be one of them. As the number of initial survivors decreases, just getting to the point where you get to realize you actually have no idea how to survive in a post apocalyptic world would be like winning the lottery.

[–]zilla0100 471 points472 points  (72 children)

Realistically the people who survive are going to be the preppers who live away from population centers. They've got the food and water stockpiles, the solar panels and battery banks, the guns and ammo, the bunker and air filters ect ect. Besides all the stuff you can buy they've propably got the skills and know how from reading up and researching what plants in their area are edible, how to set up a snare for small animals ect. And they don't have to worry about 7 million people flooding into their area because a city is a death trap and ppl want to get out.

[–]word_vomiter 830 points831 points  (76 children)

  • Any type of mental illness.

  • Being on the Autism Spectrum: It comes at a price.

  • Certain decades without remembering that life back then had it's own challenges (60s - Cold War, 80s - AIDS).

[–]-eDgAR- 5846 points5847 points  (139 children)

Not sleeping.

Some people think of it as a badge of honor and something to brag about to others like, "Oh you're tired, I only got an hour of sleep." It's not really great or healthy at all.

[–]Henry_Burris 506 points507 points  (24 children)

I'm an insomniac. If I don't take trazadone, I stay up for days. My best friend got into a mini argument with her boyfriend over this, because he said he was jealous of being able to stay awake for days on end, but she corrected him, saying (rightly) that after day one I'm a complete mess, and by the end of day 2, I'm hallucinating, and I don't have any extra energy.

This really scares me, because lack of sleep is linked to Alzheimer's and dementia, and I've been this way for a lot of my life, pretty much since I became a teenager. What's worse is that I saw my favorite person, the woman who raised me the most, disintegrate in less than a year from the disease, and it's always in the back of my mind

[–]ShardsandNards 12.4k points12.4k points  (714 children)


[–]xxkoloblicinxx 6754 points6755 points  (338 children)

Came here to say this. Just got out of the Air force after 6 years and my nephew wants to join the Marines because he thinks it's like halo and all badassery and shooting. Im about ready to beat the stupid out of that boy.

He can join the military, I'll endorse that, but not with such a fucked up idea of what he's signing up for.

There's no heroes in war. Just people who just want to go home killing other people who just want to go home.

[–]HylianINTJ 1600 points1601 points  (55 children)

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,

Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,

And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots

Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling

Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,

But someone still was yelling out and stumbling

And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—

Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,

As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight,

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace

Behind the wagon that we flung him in,

And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,

His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud

Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest

To children ardent for some desperate glory,

The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est

Pro patria mori

-Wilfred Owen

[–]Instantcoffees 725 points726 points  (9 children)

I love this poem. I passed by Flanders Fields recently and it sprung to mind. I prefer Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sasson though :

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

That last paragraph hits me everytime.

[–]RobocopsMaw 292 points293 points  (14 children)

I read this poem in high school and it always stuck with me. For those wondering ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori’, translates roughly to ‘to die for your country, there is no greater honour’.

Edit: a few people saying the proper translation is ‘sweet and proper to die for ones fatherland’. Slightly different to what I was taught

[–]Elcheatobandito 2327 points2328 points  (104 children)

You can't blame him, it's what we love to glorify as a culture. And we love to glorify it so little boys can grow up thinking they can go over seas to kill strangers without feeling anything. And thinking they'll be rewarded for it.

[–]Hichann 754 points755 points  (36 children)

A hero of war, that's what I'll be

[–]nviouse 496 points497 points  (16 children)


[–]Erimenes 4777 points4778 points  (140 children)

Stalking. It's not romantic, it's terrifying.

If I ever wake up with someone I haven't even kissed sitting on the end of my bed and watching me sleep, I'm calling the police and screaming the place down. That is not cute.

[–]husbunny 204 points205 points  (7 children)

Swans. Those creatures are pure evil.

[–]jabanobotha 435 points436 points  (29 children)

Autism and other mental issues in TV. No, it will mot make you a better doctor. No bipolar will not make you a better CIA analyst. Schizophrenia will not make you a better computer programer.

[–]HaughtStuff99 2607 points2608 points  (118 children)

Romeo and Juliet is actually a really fucked up story

[–]Down2earth5 915 points916 points  (11 children)

It was supposed to be, in a way. They called it lovesick for a reason.

[–]sarah-xxx 702 points703 points  (10 children)

He was lovesick, then he was lovedead.

[–]RabidFlamingo 479 points480 points  (7 children)

The moral of Romeo and Juliet is not "love triumphs over all", it's "if you can't let go of your hatred people around you are going to suffer and die for stupid reasons". The Prologue literally spells this out for you

Also they're like 13 and 14 respectively, and even Shakespeare thought that was weird

[–]Aesorian 1151 points1152 points  (31 children)

It's a tragedy, not a romance despite how some people treat it.

It starts with a Rape joke; Mercutio being a Bro and trying to get his Buddy some rebound sex; then in a move that makes Twilight look good they spend the rest of the play talking about HOW in love they are but nothing about WHY they love it other.

A great tradegdy that basicly warns about the perils of Teenagers going overboard in a relationship and it's used as the Ur example of "Twu Wuv" stories.

[–]BlindfoldedNinja 346 points347 points  (2 children)

The other one I run into is people going 'They were warned and everything. They didn't listen to the adults and look what happened."

Yeah, that's the point. Kids are stupid and they're going to run off and hump. Are you so stupid that you'd rather they be dead than be humping your enemy?

[–]P4DD4V1S 282 points283 points  (9 children)

This yes. It is the story of two foolish teenagers getting themselves killed for their "high school crush" leaving both their families devastated. I mean, Shakespear refers to them as "star-crossed lovers", meaning that they were specifically not meant to be together, not just because of their families but because of destiny. Shakespear did not intend them to be viewed as a perfect couple or anything, just a sad double suicide.

[–]BlindfoldedNinja 175 points176 points  (5 children)

There's also that whole subtext of their parents being vengeful idiots for getting their kids killed over a stupid family rivalry. This gets glossed over an awful lot on here when the subject comes up.

[–]Error404DickNotFound 9803 points9804 points  (322 children)

Alcoholism. It isn't some beautiful, chiseled, thin fucker with perfect skin pulling a flask out of his pocket and taking a quick swig while he's moodily solving some dramatic mystery or whatever.

It's a tidal wave of shame as your pale fingers look for the open bottle on the nightstand so you can take that first swig of the morning and stop the shakes. It's trying not to shit yourself in public because your bowels and eating habits have become so erratic. It's knowing that you stink like vodka but literally nothing you can do can get rid of the stink. It's walking into work and having coworkers say "you look like shit" after what you thought was a GOOD day. It's not romantic and it's no way to live.

[–]Swan543 437 points438 points  (13 children)

I currently work in a restaurant and have had a few experiences where people are shit faced in the middle of the day making a scene, clearly an alcoholic, and people think it's funny and laugh. It's not, it's sad.

[–]problynotkevinbacon 3052 points3053 points  (102 children)

The "Don Draper having a whiskey at 11 am smoking a hand rolled cigarette in a tailored suit and perfect hair" isn't the correct image of alcoholism. You're pretty on point with this.

Edit: sounds like I need to finish Mad Men lol

[–]SuedeVeil 1391 points1392 points  (62 children)

It can start like that though.. before the alcohol takes its toll on your appearance and health. Sometimes suave and sexy people drink and look cool doing it.. until they get older and their faces get puffy and red, and their bodies start deteriorating. You can only cruise on youth and genetics for so long and your body has just had enough of your shit

[–]AlpacamyLlama 375 points376 points  (10 children)

This absolutely gets addressed in Mad Men though. One of the guys pisses himself in a meeting and Don hits rock bottom.

[–]SlipperyPeteED 59 points60 points  (5 children)

Not to mention Duck Philips, who ruins his life and relationships after picking up the bottle again.

[–]fightingforair 202 points203 points  (6 children)

Mad Men does show the absurdity of this mentality of the time in the show. One particular scene stands out when he and peggy are at the office and Don is puking his guts out in the bathroom. Peggy is trying to help him out. Peggy’s kind of lover(?) shows up and confronts Don. Don has puke on his shirt but it isn’t acknowledged, it’s just accepted attire pretty much. Much like leaving your picnic trash out in the park and not caring. The show was great at pointing this stuff out.

[–]Vicarious124 161 points162 points  (3 children)

I remember those days... started every morning with 2 or 3 shots. Then kept drinking all day long

[–]action_lawyer_comics 968 points969 points  (41 children)

Can confirm. Recovering alcoholic, and when I was drinking, I wasn’t the life of the party, banging chicks left and right, or drinking rock stars under the table. I was drinking alone while playing video games to try and forget how much I hated my job. I was so bored a lot of times I made up a drinking game for watching my screen saver. The one time I almost died wasn’t from anything cool, I passed out in the tub while leaving a kettle on the gas stove.

A lot of alcoholics are just losers, and drinking makes them more of a loser, not less.

[–]SparknSprinkle 3470 points3471 points  (300 children)


[–]xXAlucardXx 1184 points1185 points  (72 children)

Came here to say this. I’m an avid reader and watcher of films, and so suicide and death had always been extremely romanticized in my experience. Then, I took a job transporting for my local medical examiner’s office. Cutting a guy down who had been hanging from a beam in his shed while his engorged tongue nearly brushes my face and insects crawl and fly around isn’t exactly what you see in movies. It’s awful. Movies rarely portray what happens within the first 24 hours after death. People don’t just lie there beautifully and serenely after they kill themselves. Whether it’s hanging, gunshot, overdose, or jumping, it’s always terrible. I’ll never forget having to explain to a crying mother why I have to take her son away, and why she can’t see her kid before I do. It may seem like the only solution at the time, but, in the time that I was a transporter, there had always been someone crying at the scene of a suicide. Someone cares about you, whether you think so or not. It’s not romantic or poetic, regardless of what movies make it out to be, and it hurts the people around those who’ve killed themselves.

[–]andaud07 703 points704 points  (18 children)

When I attempted suicide at 14, my parents stuck like glue to my side when I was in the emergency room. But when the ER nurses asked me something along the lines of "do you know you could have died?" (Don't remember the specifics; I was delirious and only remember bits and pieces of that day) and they learned that it was in fact intentional, they immediately whisked my parents away and called the police, who interrogated them. Apparently hospital staff assumed that I tried to kill myself because my parents were abusing me.

Scarring your family for life, watching your father sob and knowing that it's because of you... I never have and likely never will feel anything more soul-crushing. If you are considering suicide, please please seek help. Even if it feels pointless.

[–]maharanisaheba 1442 points1443 points  (134 children)

People imagine that others will realize their crime against you and everyone will become permanently gloomy after they learn you're dead. Nope that is not the case. The spell will remain a couple of days and then there will "recovery" encouragement among friends and acquaintances and people will move on. The only one hurt is your family.

Edit: And people you're a significant part of life. Who care about you.

Edit2: C'mon people I'm not talking about how ALL the suicide cases are like. 😧 I gave a scenario on a romanticized suicide thought. You can tell that atleast.

[–]coleosis1414 2487 points2488 points  (74 children)

13 Reasons Why on Netflix - horrible, irresponsible show.

It’s a suicide fantasy. A girl commits revenge-suicide because she has a tough year at school (you know, to teach all the bad people a lesson), and she gets to narrate and observe as voice-over while everybody suffers due to her death.

What a dangerous way to portray suicide to teenagers.

What teen doesn’t have the thought at some point - “fuck all of them. What if I just killed my self? THEN they’d be sorry.”

Not a good notion to reinforce in a tv show targeted at 14 year olds.

[–]DerTrickIstZuAtmen 875 points876 points  (11 children)

What annoyed me most in the show was why this guy needs weeks to listen to a few hours of audio. He makes up most of the show's drama himself. 90% of the events wouldn't have taken place if he had finished it in the first two nights.

The whole premise was also pretty unrealistic: As if the whole school would still have it as some kind of hovering menace, since literally everyone is involved and feels guilty and tries to hide it.

You're right, for an angsty teen it could reinforce those 'if I were dead, that would show them!' suicidal thoughts. In reality, a handful people would miss you terribly and those who caused your misery wouldn't care at all.

[–]cute_japanese_girl 284 points285 points  (5 children)

FYI in the book he listens to the tapes in 1 or 2 nights I can’t remember.

[–]karpinskijd 50 points51 points  (1 child)

pretty sure it’s one night. also, i felt like the book pushed that “suicide isn’t good” moral better than the show, because while i did enjoy the show, there’s no denying that it accidentally came across as “hate that guy for accidentally nudging you? KILL YOURSELF to get back at him!”

[–]pionne 313 points314 points  (6 children)

I read the book some years before it was adapted into the Netflix show and really really hated it. Received some downvotes on r/books when I said that's not how suicide works. Maybe my comment was poorly-worded but this was what I was trying to say. I've read better fictions dealing with the issue than 13 Reasons Why.

[–]Rhomawyth 705 points706 points  (34 children)

I think if you grow up being middle class - poor. I am well under the standard of living or whatever it's called, and have been for maybe the last four years. I've been far worse than I've been now, but I'm lucky in that I've only had myself to support. (in my experience) Some people romanticize being in your 20s and broke. It's not fun not being able to afford the subway. Or healthy groceries (black beans and rice go a long way though). Or seeing friends. Being poor sucks.

[–]Zizekbro 3855 points3856 points  (229 children)

Mental illness.

[–]fjdslmdsk4320943 2068 points2069 points  (118 children)

I have OCD. You're a prisoner of your own mind. When you have OCD, you don't trust your memories, you don't trust yourself, your mind jumps to the worst possible conclusion even when logically it doesn't make any sense, but the fear of its possibility chains you. So you perform rituals or odd little behaviors to deactivate the thoughts so just for a little while, you can unlock those chains and feel a sense of relief, but it always come back. I take full self responsibility though, ultimately I have no one to blame and I know I'm strong enough to outgrow these stupid stupid thought patterns.

But "I need to have my papers in order haha I'm so OCD," fucking infuriates me. It's not the job of the rest of the world to adjust their behavior to please me, it's my own fault for letting it get to me though.

[–]PaganJessica 420 points421 points  (17 children)

One of the comics I read regularly has a character with OCD, and it became a running joke in the vein of "LOL so wacky!" But, having known someone that battled OCD, every single one of those jokes just made me think "It's not like that and this shit isn't funny..."

[–]BlameItOnMemphis 189 points190 points  (6 children)

It isn't funny or humorous. I have a friend who suffers OCD. His is mostly about his clothes: the colors, the textures, the designs, etc. And his shoes. He agonizes constantly and will suppress the overwhelming urge to change until he cant and runs home to change. Sometimes he has up to ten changes of clothes/shoes in his car.

Since he's strictly a jeans/tshirt/flannel shirt guy, there isn't a lot of variety, but watching the agonies he suffers daily is awful. He has other areas that's affected (such as soap rituals) but they aren't as overwhelming as the clothes/shoes thing.

So when I hear someone say they are OCD over some trivial little aspect of their life, my insides curdle and I feel like screaming.

[–]If_you_have_Ghost 197 points198 points  (10 children)

I relate to your comment so much. I have OCD but it specifically manifests itself as extreme hypochondria. It’s so invasive and all consuming. I think I’m having a good day and then suddenly I’m obsessing about cancer and death, again. Or about my boyfriend dying. It’s awful and horrible and people who say ‘Oh I’m a bit OCD’ have no idea how debilitating it can be.

[–]roseyfae 114 points115 points  (4 children)

Your brain is convinced that it can alter the very fabric of reality and there isn't much you can do to convince the bastard otherwise. It's exhausting frankly.

[–]Cendatlan 714 points715 points  (12 children)

Keeping after a woman after she turns you down.

No, stalking won't win her over.

[–]inksmudgedhands 1858 points1859 points  (46 children)

Stalking. That is stalking in romantic comedies. It's always seen as cute as the awkward guy who falls in love with whatever quirky girl is having a tough time following her around town. He always gets in misadventures as he tails her. But, honestly, stalking is creepy. I don't care what pop song you play in the background.

[–]bubblegumracer 595 points596 points  (20 children)

“Every breath you take”

[–]Kaiser_Kuliwagen 407 points408 points  (19 children)

"Every move you make"

[–]Stjernepus 338 points339 points  (14 children)

"I'll be watching you"

[–]midoree 268 points269 points  (10 children)

I read somewhere that Sting was so puzzled as to why people perceived this song as romantic when it was intended to be creepy and stalkerish. Not sure if that info is true though, it came from reddit.

[–]bosefius 111 points112 points  (0 children)

"...Sting explained: "I think it's a nasty little song, really rather evil. It's about jealousy and surveillance and ownership." Regarding the common misinterpretation of the song, he added: "I think the ambiguity is intrinsic in the song however you treat it because the words are so sadistic. On one level, it's a nice long song with the classic relative minor chords, and underneath there's this distasteful character talking about watching every move. I enjoy that ambiguity. I watched Andy Gibb singing it with some girl on TV a couple of weeks ago, very loving, and totally misinterpreting it. (Laughter) I could still hear the words, which aren't about love at all. I pissed myself laughing."


[–]Dillinea 1504 points1505 points  (121 children)

Eating disorders. Specifically anorexia. So many people think it's a diet and it's beautiful and desirable - It's not. It's terrifying and dangerous and deadly and I wish more people realized that.

[–]SilmarHS 356 points357 points  (16 children)

I recently saw a film about anorexia where the main characters moves into a house where a group of anorexics live "on their own" under the supervision of a psychologist as a treatment method. One of the girls in the house is pregnant, and she really wants to keep the kid and is trying her hardest to keep eating in order to not loose him. But in the end the need to purge herself is too strong and she ends getting a natural abortion. I think it made a very clear point about how fucked up this disease can be and the extent it can affect the ones who suffer it.

[–]LosersWinSometimes 69 points70 points  (13 children)

to the bone? that movie was good but could've been so much better.

[–]Silkkiuikku 139 points140 points  (8 children)

I thought that the way that movie portrayed anorexia was kinda weird. The main character looked cool and almost glamorous with nice hair and good makeup. Photos of her are being spread on the internet as "thinspiration".

And she was portrayed as witty and clever. But in reality someone who is dangerously underweight usually doesn't have the energy to be clever. When the starving body runs out of fat it starts to consume the brain. This is why "brain fog" is a common side-effect of starvation.

But my biggest gripe with this movie is the fact that they actually had the actress Lily Collins lose a drastic amount of weight. It's especially irresponsible considering that she's a recovering anorexic. Getting underweight is a very bad idea for someone who has suffered from anorexia in the past, as fasting can re-trigger the disease.

[–]TripleChubz 149 points150 points  (7 children)

The old west. I love a good western myself, but the reality is that it was a very hard life for pretty much everyone who went west. Families were killed in conflicts with natives, natives were killed by the thousands by disease or by violence with whites and with other tribes that were moving to avoid whites. Chinese were brought in by the boat load to build the railroads and were often abused, raped, and killed because they were different. Diseases were rampant in towns and cities which often had a single water source that could be contaminated by a dead animal or someone taking a shit in the wrong place. Families that moved west seeking greener pastures often settled in places with horrible farming land and ended up dying out.

[–]MattieCarroll 1738 points1739 points  (126 children)

Omg Im so ADD!!

ugh, my OCD is acting up.

Today was so up and down, Im really bi-polar!

[–]genocidalwaffles 441 points442 points  (64 children)

Plus saying shit like "oh ADD must be nice since you're so spontaneous/crazy/random/whatever." Fuck you, it's really not that great. The insomnia sucks, having you repeat something 3 times because I can't focus on what you're saying is annoying, and if something isn't in the "now" then I ignore it until it's probably too late (makes long term planning nearly impossible.)

[–]Turbulentclusterhunk 1254 points1255 points  (89 children)

For some reason, Reddit loves depression

[–]Johnnyschuler 242 points243 points  (7 children)

My Dad has depression, you don't realize how much it affects your life until you grow up and talk to freinds about childhood.

[–][deleted] 4622 points4623 points  (282 children)

The Joker and Harley Quinn's "romance".

Too many people really don't understand the Harley Quinn character, they pay more attention to her looks than to her background. Harley is a domestic abuse victim with a severe case of Stockholm syndrome. Joker physically abuses Harley on a frequent basis, especially when his plans fall through, he takes his anger out on her through physical abuse.

And the Joker is a murderous, sadistic, women-beating psychopath who gets joy by doing harm to others.

Nothing about that relationship is romantic, sweet, or charming.

[–]A_Gentle_Taco 2141 points2142 points  (63 children)

At one point he locks her in a freezer full of corpses in her outfits and says "you werent the first, you definitely wont be the last".

[–]GLOOMequalsDOOM 1115 points1116 points  (10 children)

Jesus, that's chilling.

[–]Syberz 156 points157 points  (46 children)

Wait, what? Which comic is this in?

[–]Ultrarandom 791 points792 points  (44 children)

Managed to find it. Looks to be Suicide Squad (Volume 4) Issue 15, the exact scene is this

[–]SHOCK_VALUE_USERNAME 195 points196 points  (20 children)

Holy fucking shit. How could anyone less than a psychopath relate to the Joker?

[–]RicoSuave1881 67 points68 points  (0 children)

Because I’m cool and edgy bro

[–]Koala_Tea16 1006 points1007 points  (83 children)

My god, this is exactly what i was explaining to my sister after watching Suicide Squad. No one fucking understands this, why do people think that kind of relationship is even decent to think about?!

[–]federicod 1472 points1473 points  (12 children)

To be fair, it's hard to understand anything from Suicide Squad.

[–]DemonicTui 696 points697 points  (5 children)

Can't understand the plot if there is no plot!

[–]therealjoshua 528 points529 points  (21 children)

He literally debated whether or not going back in the chemical pool to save her when she was drowning was a good idea. I think girls just like Margot Robbies Quinn outfit.

[–]clawclawbite 903 points904 points  (45 children)

Harley Quinn + Poison Ivy is so much healthier and more supportive. They accept each other as who they are, and accept that they are responding for making sure their own toxic traits don't hurt each other when possible.

[–]trufflepastaxciv 138 points139 points  (6 children)

I'm imagining a Thelma and Louise-esque movie where Poison Ivy breaks Harley out of Iron Heights and they hunt down Joker.

[–]Piemasterjelly 235 points236 points  (30 children)

If people are going to emulate any DC relationship then I nominate Artemis and Kid Flash

[–]Merlo7 151 points152 points  (13 children)

Trying to wear someone down. Like I get it, you like the person but if it's clear they don't like you in the same way, you shouldn't still be there for them on command whenever they need you. Have some self respect and realize when you're just being used. It's not real love if you have to earn it. Love is a choice, not a chore.

[–]GKinslayer 216 points217 points  (6 children)

Cheating/extreme winter/summer romances

Rom-Coms are so shit for making cheating seem neat all the time, the one partner is boring, or mean, or etc. So our poor protagonist seeks fullment in the arms of another and it's all songs and flowers. It's never the person cheating being a terrible person or the person they are cheating with turns out to be a really terrible person.

The whole younger woman / older man is always made to seems so innocent in media, but in reality it's kind of gross when the 85 yr old buys the 21 yr old toy.

[–]KyleTheBoss95 196 points197 points  (3 children)

Being "awkward". I was awkward and socially off in highschool, and high school me would have done almost anything to not be so out-there.

[–]Draezeth 2463 points2464 points  (136 children)

Marriage. Not the fact of getting married itself, but rather, rushing it. Everywhere I look people are either marrying right out of college or lamenting the fact they aren't. Stop it.

[–]borgchupacabras 660 points661 points  (65 children)

I'm Indian and in my culture not getting married asap is seen as some kind of social taboo. I'm visiting after a decade and all people can comment on is my unmarried status.

[–]intelligilliterate 902 points903 points  (29 children)

I come from a pretty traditional Mexican family and am basically all but called a slut. "How many girls do you need to sleep with before you become a man." As if my life is some Hugh Hefner fantasy every night (it fucking isnt). Mostly as I grew older like most you start hearing truths. Who cheated on who, who abuses who, and whos an addict. I mostly feel its people being pissed I didn't jump down the well also and pump out 3 kids before I knew who the fuck I was as a person.

My grandma finally layed off after one interaction years back.

"What if I die and never see you get married?"

"What if you die seeing me unhappy because you needed validation?"

[–]Toovague 292 points293 points  (10 children)

BOOM, grandma got shut down!

[–]intelligilliterate 219 points220 points  (7 children)

She literally wont mention marriage around me since. I feel bad that shes upset. Not bad that I said it.

[–]RangerZA 289 points290 points  (30 children)

Ancient Hunter-Gatherer societies. They did not "live in harmony with nature" and all that nonsense.

[–]give-me-an-upvote 2100 points2101 points  (114 children)

Pirates are often romanticized in books, movies and television shows but they were pretty horrible people. They caused lots of damage and pillaged their way across the seas.

[–]coleosis1414 551 points552 points  (5 children)

pillaged their way across the seas

I know this contradicts your point, but I can’t read that phrase without adding a pirate accent.

[–]MamaMitsu 716 points717 points  (29 children)

To be fair, a lot of the crew of the ships they pillaged didn't sign up for it. They were taken, told they had volunteered, and put on the first boat out to work.

Getting attacked by pirates meant being freed. These pirates didn't live under much better conditions if at all, but at least they were there by choice. And now, after being liberated in a sense, the crew of the old ship was too.

[–]Kurtis_Stryker 328 points329 points  (5 children)

Do what you want ‘cause a pirate is free

You are a pirate!


[–]hamletandskull 829 points830 points  (28 children)

Not taking care of yourself.

"I stayed up all night working on this project" doesn't mean you're some Einstein scribbling equations on your walls. "Pushing through the pain" doesn't mean panting while sweat rolls off your perfectly toned muscles, it means falling over halfway through a workout because you tore something important and didn't pay attention to your body going 'hey, fucking STOP IT'.

[–]-_-__-__-__-_- 142 points143 points  (13 children)

Yep. one too many motivational videos about how you should push past your limits and i dropped about 200lbs on my face when my arm gave out.