We all like to believe that we know best: we know what’s right for us in each moment. Sure we can take the advice of our parents and peers but in a sense that means admitting weakness, so often we just barrel through without them and hope for the best. But someday in the future we may be sitting around thinking, “Damn, should’ve listened while I had the chance.”
People on Reddit were asked: “What was your biggest ‘My parents were right’ moment?” These are some of the best answers.
I am so excited for my socks that should be arriving today.
My mother always told me I’d be grateful for gifts of clothes. I never believed her.
A phrase my mom always said to cheer me up while stressed in university: “If it was easy everybody would do it.” Sounded so stupid at the time but I’ve used the same line to cheer up countless friends who were stressed with exams, etc. Mom is always right.
“Not all your friends need to be ‘forever-friends’, some people are just meant to be your friend for that particular time in your life”
Dad: “Heat never goes past 68! If you’re cold, put on a sweatshirt
Own house with roommates, set heat at 75, enjoy a tropical month, get first heating bill. Promptly lock thermostat to 68. Roommate whined, told her to put on a sweatshirt.
“You can’t fly with the eagles if you sleep with the pigeons.”
Turns out the wrong friends really can hold you back and drag you down.
Math is cumulative they said. If you don’t do your homework every day, you’ll be lost at finals they said.
My Mum told me that I get to choose the person I become. All you have to do is to keep that thought in your head when making decisions. Also every action has a reaction, so make sure that reaction will be a good one.
It wasn’t something I really listened to at the time, now those thoughts stay with me all the time, and I have definitely become a better person for it.
At age 18 you’ll know everything.
By age 25 you’ll realize the world isn’t as simple as you think.
By 30 you’ll be frightened that people trust your opinion when you know you don’t know very much about a subject.
It really IS nice to just clean up as you make a mess instead of living in your own filth.
“You’ll hate everybody you work with if your try to get into film. I know you like movies and like making them, but most of the people you’ll have to deal with will be insufferable.”
“YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND ME!”
One day into my intro to film studies course and I couldn’t take it anymore. I never looked back.
‘Stop hanging out with those girls, I have a bad feeling about them.’
Said to me as a young teenager… “I know it’s hard to imagine now but the age of 40 really isn’t that far away. Before you know it you’ll hit 40 and wonder how that happened so fast.”
“Actually, we are really cool parents.” Turned out to be true…they were really awesome parents to have.
My dad always told me not to be in a rush to grow up. I wanted to be 16 so I could drive, 21 so I could go to the bars—now I’m 30 and I wish I was 12.
“You’ll never get a girlfriend if you keep acting the way you do.” They were right, I have a boyfriend.
Vegetables are actually pretty good. Spinach is delicious.
Celery can still go die in a fire, though.
“You’re lucky your parents still kiss”
They would always tell me that after I got grossed out when they kissed as a little kid. I didn’t really realize the huge truth behind that until I started going to friends house’s more and seeing their parents almost always argue and stay in separate rooms or something like that.
Be thankful your parents smooch damnit
“You shouldn’t eat an entire cake, it isn’t good for you.”
First thing I did when I moved out from my parents house was buy a cake and eat it, all of it. Because I was an adult and I could do what I want.
My parents had me cook dinner for the family once a week starting at 13, then more often as I got older. I know I whined then, but now I am so grateful. Cooking is a great skill to have and I can make a bunch of stuff with no recipe. It is so useful, healthful and frugal.
My mum always said “Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end.”
That’s kinda stuck with me throughout many breakups, many jobs going south. It keeps me optimistic, and makes me work towards being better.
My dad was always on me to budget everything. At 30 I understand it.
My Mom would always make us clean the house before we left on any sort of vacation. I would always bitch and moan because “who cares if it’s clean, we aren’t even going to be here!”
Fast forward to adulthood and god it feels so good to return to a clean house!
Being smart or talented don’t mean shit. Being focused, driven, and hard-working does.
I liked a girl that was way out of my league in college. Told my my mom about the bad crush and how I thought I would just move on. She said, “You can fail at something you dont want so you might as well fail at something that matters.” We’ve been married for 3 years this November.
My parents were always frugal and my cousins always got showered with video game consoles and gifts. I always thought it was unfair and often complained to my parents. Patiently they would say, that’s not how we’re doing it, we’re going to save our money.
Fast forward 15 years and my cousins are in massive debt and my brother and I aren’t, having learned how to save money. But at the time though it was totally unfair.
I read a bunch of self help books that told me not to stress out over little things, to let stuff go, and to forgive people and situations.
I realized my mother has been saying this stuff my whole life, and that I was just stubborn and never listened. She’s a cleaning lady and custodian. Hearing her tell me to be at peace with life means infinitely more to me than it ever did reading it out of any book.
The more chocolate you have, the more you will eat.