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Life Lessons Women Wish They Would Have Realized Earlier

My life is beyond a hot mess, but I'm still out here trying to live it to the fullest no matter what nonsense comes my way. Like many of my buddies, there are things I could wish I could change from my past, but there's nothing I could do except look forward. Thankfully, the women of Reddit are sharing the life lessons they have come to cherish, and I'm all over this thread. Scroll down for their simple yet powerful advice, and share your own thoughts in the comments. Cheers to the future, y'all!

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    Rectangle - Posted by u/Bulky_Gear3750 19 days ago 2 4 23 3 6 Women of Reddit, what's one realization you've had that you think more women should be aware of?
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    Personally, I was super excited about this thread because like, I could learn from other people's life experiences and f*ck ups before making them myself. So special thank you to the women of Reddit! 


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    Font - bodysnatcherz · 19d 26 & 8 More Being with the wrong partner is truly much worse than being single.
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    Honestly, this one is a no-brainer. Why would you force yourself to be with someone you don't vibe with instead of waiting for the right person? Makes zero sense to me why people choose to stay in relationships out of the fear of being single. 


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    Font - Elle_Vetica · 19d 2 A 4 Other women are not the enemy or the competition. That's just patriarchal bullshit used to divide and conquer us.
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    Rectangle - searedscallops · 19d All the rules of life are made up. Question everything. Live the life you want.
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    Font - untilthestarsfall3 · 19d 3 2 Children are a choice, not an obligation.

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    Font - croptopweather · 19d A Sometimes predatory, manipulative people come across as very nice and charming. They know that you are conditioned to be nice and polite, even when you are uncomfortable and they are counting on that to get what they want. Don't be afraid to be the 'bad guy' or if you seem rude for saying no. You are not the bad guy in that situation; they are for putting you in an uncomfortable position.
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    Human body - nastyyynico · 19d That you don't "HAVE to"!!! You don't have to "be" a certain way. You don't owe anybody "niceness", you don't owe being beautiful to anybody, you don't owe reciprocated love or attraction. You don't owe anything to anybody.
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    Font - Aradne · 19d Pregnancy tests cost a dollar at the dollar tree, or cheaper still if you order from pregmate.
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    Gesture - LSAINPA · 19d As they said, "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." It's a nice thing to have, but you'll be fine without one.
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    Human body - meedlymee · 19d Turning 30 is not the end of the world, I'm actually having way more fun than I did in my 20s (with more money!). Also, you can wear whatever you want, you don't have to clothe yourselves in a greige sack. You can still wear a crop top, like, you're allowed to do that.
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    Font - numerumnovemamo · 19d Cervical mucus is normal and healthy.
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    Font - dianacakes · 19d Set boundaries with everyone, including your kids (if you have them)! You are not your partner's mother and are not obligated to take care of them. If you have children, you are not obligated to give every ounce of your soul to your them. Putting your own oxygen mask first will allow you to be the best you that you can be, but that's only possible if you set boundaries.
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    Human body - No_Lab_5553 · 19d Your sex life is no one's business but your own. If you want to wait until marriage, do it. If you want to sleep with every man you meet, do it. Just be sure to always use proper protection and take care of yourself.
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    Mammal - chocolatiemilk · 19d Being popular, well liked isn't going to make you happy. It'll most probably give you anxiety, trying to make sure the abundance of people that adore you will always feel that way. As cheesy as it sounds, love yourself first and don't force others to feel a certain way about you.
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    Font - tsh87 · 19d Self care is not bubble baths and lipstick. Selfcare is removing toxic people from your life, going to the doctor when you're in pain, allowing yourself to eat when you're hungry and doing the hard work it takes to ensure that you are a happy, healthy person. Self care isn't easy.
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    Abby is a wandering soul who is incapable of staying in one place for too long. Her passions include travel, dance, karaoke, meditation, and cheesy fries. When she's not clacking away at her laptop and talking shit on the internet, you can find her tearing up the dance floor on a night out on the town.
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Abby is a wandering soul who is incapable of staying in one place for too long. Her passions include travel, dance, karaoke, meditation, and cheesy fries. When she's not clacking away at her laptop and talking shit on the internet, you can find her tearing up the dance floor on a night out on the town.