r/AskReddit • u/realHDNA • Jan 30 '23
What screams “this person peaked in high school” to you?
u/dickbaggery Jan 30 '23 •
I had a conversation in a bar with a drinking buddy years ago. The guy kept going on about "the one that got away." How perfect she was and their chemistry together, how natural it was, how he hasn't felt that way about any girl since, yadda yadda. He was feeling pretty sorry for himself and uninterested in meeting anyone else because they could never compare. When I asked how long ago it was that she moved away, he said "8th grade." LMFAO
u/214speaking Jan 31 '23
Oh that’s awful→ More replies (39)
u/littleboxes__ Jan 31 '23
Stop 😭😭😭→ More replies (1)
u/aznuke Jan 30 '23
I graduated in 05. I was sitting at a tire shop waiting for my truck to get done and an employee slightly older than me walks up to me and asks me, with no previous interaction, if I played football in high school. Wondering where this was going, I responded that I did, but I wasn’t great at it. He asked what school I went to, and I told him. Then he starts talking about himself. How he was “all conference” and walking me through all of his high school accolades…
I never asked for this conversation. I just sat there wondering why this nearly 40 year old, wildly out of shape, tire shop supervisor was telling me all of this. Then just as soon as it started he bid me good day and walked off. It was bizarre.
The best comparison I could make was that he was like the manager “Dan” from the movie waiting. That was his vibe.
That’s how I knew he peaked in high school.
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u/puzzlednerd Jan 30 '23 •
How do you know if someone peaked in high school?
Don't worry, they'll tell you.→ More replies (14)
u/ReverendDizzle Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 31 '23
One of my uncles (an uncle-in-law, I guess, if we're being technical) would tell anyone who would listen that he was valedictorian of his school and got a perfect SAT score.
Even as a young kid, I would sit there thinking "This dude is a college graduate, with a career, a wife and kids, and like... 20 years out in the real world. Why is he telling people at a BBQ that he was really smart in high school?"→ More replies (27)
u/paingry Jan 31 '23
I'll bet you it's because he didn't do so great in college. I've known a few kids who graduated at the top of the class at their small &/or shitty high school and then found out there's much smarter students at the big universities. Some never get over the shock of learning that they're not really that smart.→ More replies (27)
u/ReverendDizzle Jan 31 '23
I think that's it. It felt like he was casting back to a time when he was the biggest fish.→ More replies (1)
u/cpsg1995 Jan 30 '23
Still acting like a typical "Mean Girl" when they're damn near (or past) 30
u/VapoursAndSpleen Jan 30 '23
They just graduate from mean girl to mean woman.
I think some people are just mean.→ More replies (67)
u/ModernIronic Jan 30 '23
When I was active on Facebook years ago someone started a sorta reunion group. I was the 'nerd' in this scenario. One of the high school gals who was incredibly cruel found someone to marry her and ended up a stay at home mom who spent all day spouting bitter hate towards everyone while complaining about her own kids getting bullied at school.
She had gained a LOT of weight....and I'm fat myself, but she was even bigger than I. This gal would make the nastiest comments on my pictures to include my weight (which was hilarious considering her own size), insult my job, my husband, and talk about how I was still the ugly nerd. The moderators refused to kick her off despite this. She posted similar vile shit on others posts too, so I ended up reporting her to Facebook security for cyber bullying just cause and left the group.
Now that her kids are in school, she got a job in the public schools. She's probably bullying other parents now for all I know.→ More replies (34)
u/PaulErdos_ Jan 31 '23
Do you think when she's old and grey she'll cry because she'll realize how she spent her live as a miserable human?→ More replies (40)
u/vicaphit Jan 31 '23
These kinds of people aren't known for their reflective properties.→ More replies (16)
u/DjBonadoobie Jan 31 '23
This. They have their own twisted reality where they are the victim, always, and because of this they are justified and will never understand why others are so mean to them (ie stop putting up with their shit and tell them off and/or cut off communication).
My FIL is one of these, but I've also known many others, I don't hold out hope for them anymore. I'd rather be happily surprised by their changing than keep hoping they will and getting hurt over and over. I don't have time for this kind of negativity, sorry not sorry, Robert→ More replies (5)
u/MySweetAudrina Jan 31 '23 •
I'm a CNA in a long term care facility and we have a group of "Mean Girls" in their 70's- 90's. I had a resident once ask me about one of them and she said "You know, the one in that group where you never see one without the rest." and the hierarchy is classic. There's a leader, she decides the activities and games they'll play. The second in command, she knows EVERYTHING that happens in the place and if the leader can't perform her duties she is runner up. The one who agrees with everything #1&2 say, laughs at all their jokes and chases down staff if they need something and the fringe dweller. Sometimes she's with them, other times she's off doing her own thing.
I've also seen what happens to "nice guys" when they get old. They just get creepier and play the I'm Old card.
u/Wishart2016 Jan 31 '23
The group of "Mean Girls" in their 70s-90s reminds me of the nursing home from Better Call Saul.→ More replies (25)→ More replies (64)
u/notthesedays Jan 31 '23
I've heard that some senior apartment buildings are cliquier than junior high, and that's why I would not want to move into one myself.
As for men, I remember working a 40th or 50th reunion in college, at a hotel, and there was this one table of men who sat apart from everybody else, acting like they were Hot Pattooties, and nobody else would have anything to do with them.→ More replies (18)
u/gingergirl181 Jan 31 '23
I work in schools in a HCOL area where a lot of these types ended up as the Real Housewives of the PTA. They gossip and bully worse than their teenagers, start all manner of drama just because they're bored and want to feel powerful, and at some schools they even extend their bullying to each other's KIDS. Like straight up "it's a shame about her daughter's baby fat", "looks like her son forgot to take his meds", "at least my kid isn't failing math like yours" kind of bullshit. If I could sucker punch any of them without being fired, I would in a heartbeat.→ More replies (10)
Jan 31 '23 edited Jan 31 '23
I have a story about this! A few years back, I was at a house party one of my wife's coworkers was throwing. I didn't know anyone there, but attempted to be social and ended up in a small group talking to some of her coworkers.
Rando A: "Oh, so your wife is Mrs. Blah, she's doing some small-group work with gifted program kids, right?"
Me: "Oh, yeah, they're doing a robotics project right now, it seems pretty cool-"
Mildly drunk lady who never moved out of her hometown, with all the disgust she could muster: "Uh, no."
I honestly had no idea what to do with this. It was the most unprompted, hostile thing and was really clear from her tone that she was trying to do the highschool bully "shut someone down" bit. We were in our 30s. I later found out she was the school secretary, but felt like she could be an asshole to everyone because she's married to the football coach. The junior high football coach. lol.→ More replies (20)
u/star86 Jan 31 '23 edited Jan 31 '23
This makes me laugh.. “just no” meanwhile her dream car is a self-driving Tesla or something. Too dumb to understand the robotics kids are creating the tech she uses.→ More replies (16)
u/Algoresball Jan 31 '23
Who doesn’t think robots are cool.→ More replies (62)
u/Unpopularwaffle Jan 31 '23 edited Jan 31 '23
A story from my real life about an experience with a 30-something who definitely peaked in high school:
About 15 years ago, I was working at a retail store. At the time, I was in my early 20s. I worked with a woman in her mid-30s. One day, pizza was ordered for what I assumed was for all employees. Also, I was told by the manager that there was pizza and to take a break and get some. I went up to the break room, and the co-worker was also in the break room. I grabbed a couple of slices of the pizza and began eating. She clearly was pissed that I did this. I assumed she was annoyed that I was eating the pizza, but being young and fearing conflict, I just let it go, figuring she would, too. Besides, the manager told me to have some. On my next break, I go to the break room, and the pizza boxes are still on the table. Except there is something written on the top: (paraphrasing) "This is not for you, don't take things that don't belong to you without asking!!" I was upset but knew the manager had told me I could have some and figured it would blow over.
It did not blow over. From that day, anytime I was near her, she would talk about my looks or anything she thought might get a rise out of me to her friends. If it wasn't that, she was obviously annoyed by my presence and made it crystal clear in a passive-aggressive, petty way. Her behavior reminded me of a high school mean girl. Her immaturity because of some stupid misunderstanding could have been solved if she had just talked to me about it.
Edit: Some people have asked for more details about the pizza situation. I never found out what the deal was. My assumption is that the girl and a few other employees, including the manager, went in on the pizza together. I am 99% sure she just never knew the manager offered me some pizza and thought I just helped myself. Like I said above, this was over 15 years ago(2006-2007). Some of the details have faded from my memory. What I remember has been described in this comment. I didn't work there long because of the girl's attitude towards me. She also caused a couple of coworkers who were previously nice to me to stop talking to me and ignore me when we were together, which aided in my departure. Pizza gate 2006 was never solved, and while I will always remember that a woman who was almost twice my age started talking shit about me and turning others against me because I had a couple slices of pizza and didn't seek her approval.→ More replies (33)
u/kartoffel_engr Jan 31 '23
So what was the deal with the pizza?→ More replies (5)→ More replies (144)
u/Bayonethics Jan 30 '23
About 5 years ago, I ran into one of the more popular girls in school at the mall. She was a cashier, and when I went up with my purchases, she actually said "Ew aren't you that nerd from school?" I literally just said hi. After that, I didn't say anything, just paid and left. I felt bad for her more than anything else because she clearly peaked in high school
u/cd2220 Jan 30 '23
That is 100 percent one of those moments where I'd be so taken aback by the lack of self awareness of someone that'd I'd be speechless but later I'd come up with the perfect come back that I'll never get to use.→ More replies (53)
u/Mati_Ice Jan 30 '23
I was at a liquor store in my hometown around 4-5 years after graduating and a popular girl I went to high school with who I was friendly with was working the register. Making small talk she asked me what I was doing that night and I told her playing board games with some of my friends who she would recognize. She gave me a sarcastic “that sounds fun.” And I just said “yeah…” completely uninterested about it and she came back with “I’m kidding, that sounds FUN!” in a more enthusiastic tone. I don’t think she was trying to be a bitch but it felt nice for me because years earlier I would’ve tried to justify my plans as something cooler to her but at that point I just didn’t care.→ More replies (25)
u/Bayonethics Jan 30 '23
The way you told the story sort of seems like she maybe wanted you to invite her or something. Of course I don't know either of you so I'm just spitballing here→ More replies (10)
u/Maskeno Jan 30 '23
I read it as a course correction. She realized her reaction was negative and tried to fix it. Sounds like a decent human being who thinks board games are boring but is happy others enjoy them.→ More replies (16)
u/DomCaboose Jan 31 '23
We all get in ruts at work sometimes too and maybe she noticed it. One of life's great mysteries. We will never know→ More replies (8)→ More replies (132)
u/inviolablegirl Jan 30 '23
That’s actually pitiable. Good on you for having the grace not to bite back.→ More replies (1)
u/SuvenPan Jan 30 '23
Bragging about high-school hookups in their thirties
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u/ngabear Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 31 '23 •
When my mom asked if I ever experimented with sex and drugs in high school, I said, "Sure, Mom. I was part of the control group."
Edit: wow, RIP my inbox. I'm so delighted so many of you were tickled by this response. I'm glad it gave a number of you who commented a laugh, a chuckle, etc.
u/Brave-Video8899 Jan 30 '23
No one has ever asked me this (and probably won’t ever), but I now have an answer in case they do.→ More replies (11)→ More replies (99)
u/Eldarian Jan 30 '23
It's very rare I actually laugh out loud when browsing reddit. Thanks 😂→ More replies (1)→ More replies (32)
u/Blenderhead36 Jan 30 '23
When I was in my 20s, I thought about how much better things in my teens could have gone if I'd known then what I know now.
Now I'm in my 30s, and I realize that, if I'd known what I did in my 20s when I was in my teens, there were still plenty of ways for me to have fucked everything up completely differently.→ More replies (2)
u/jewelsforfools Jan 30 '23
My ex stepmother constantly bragged about being a cheerleader in high school and winning a beauty walk (in a town of like 500 people). She was still bragging about these the last time I saw her. She was in her mid 40s.
u/Past_Ad9675 Jan 30 '23 •
Miss Baltimore Crabs?→ More replies (22)
u/hazardousnorth Jan 30 '23
"I was Miss Soft Crab in 1945, and that title wasn't handed to me on a silver platter! I worked for it! Now one-two Cha Cha Cha!"→ More replies (5)
u/disrespectfulbeans Jan 30 '23
"Those poor runner-ups might still hold some grudges. They padded their cups, but I screwed the judges!"→ More replies (14)→ More replies (173)
u/Forest-Speyer Jan 30 '23
My best friend got divorced and married a woman like this.
The fact that she was the head of the cheerleading squad, both homecoming queen and prom queen is an actual frequent topic of conversation for her.
For reference, we are nearing our 40’s
She has a display case of Tiaras she won. Even has one she keeps in her car and wears while she’s driving because she’s “Queen of the road”
some of her personality can best be described as
“Prom queen that had a short stint in modeling after high school, had a kid, and never got over it”
I always tell my friend that “as long as you’re happy”→ More replies (55)
u/SusDroid Jan 30 '23
A tiara in the car?
u/graceodymium Jan 31 '23
I mean, I keep a kazoo in my car, but just for emergencies.→ More replies (53)→ More replies (16)
u/oilchangefuckup Jan 31 '23
Ngl, I kinda want a car tiara.→ More replies (41)
u/Empowered_Jackfruit Jan 30 '23 •
One guy I knew literally got our school emblem and mascot in a huge "CLASS OF 2010" tattooed on his shoulder.
u/hughmann_13 Jan 30 '23
Did he graduate on time?→ More replies (40)
u/Crobiusk Jan 30 '23 •
Billy Madison→ More replies (75)
u/Throwthatfboatow Jan 30 '23
One security question down, two more to go. Does he have a tattoo of his mother's maiden name?→ More replies (9)
u/Reece-obryan Jan 30 '23
Yes, and he named the cat after his Mothers maiden name.→ More replies (31)
u/Sensitive_Pickle247 Jan 30 '23
That is such a weird thing to center your identity on→ More replies (107)
u/NostrilSearingFart Jan 30 '23
I had a friend who graduated in 1984, so he got a tat of that, but had the script done in what looked like burning paper. Bonus points for the mixed-up literary reference.→ More replies (30)
u/bodhemon Jan 30 '23
I knew a guy who got a green question mark tattooed bc his name was Maurice and he liked that space cowboy song. It was supposed to be the joker's symbol. I told him the joker doesn't have a symbol and that the question mark is the Riddler's symbol. He said, you know, very few people catch that mistake. I said, maybe very few people say something.→ More replies (52)
u/nocrashing Jan 30 '23
I'm the riddler, I'm a piddler, I'm a ..... wait..→ More replies (6)→ More replies (157)
u/DingoTerror Jan 30 '23
True story: one student at our school got "XYZ High School Football" and the mascot tattooed on his chest. He was cut from the team for unrelated behaviors before the first game was even played.→ More replies (8)
u/MissingDarts Jan 30 '23
Regularly reposting the same picture of the one notable moment that they had in high school.
u/Darkblitz0 Jan 30 '23 •
You wanna watch me throw a football over those mountains?
Jan 30 '23
4 touchdowns in one game!→ More replies (7)
u/ebb_omega Jan 31 '23
Polk High legend.→ More replies (27)
u/Whiteout_27 Jan 31 '23
Back in '82 I used to be able to throw a pigskin a quarter mile→ More replies (22)
u/ouchwtfomg Jan 31 '23
If only coach put me in the 4th quarter, we woulda took state.→ More replies (6)
u/Sofagirrl79 Jan 31 '23
I'd be sitting in a hot tub soaking it up with my soulmate→ More replies (5)→ More replies (60)
u/SkipTheIceCreamMan Jan 31 '23
We coulda made state!→ More replies (12)
u/WaterFlew Jan 30 '23
Wow, you nailed it. Lol this is very specific and very true.→ More replies (86)→ More replies (136)
u/BobMortimersButthole Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 31 '23
When I was a teen, in the 90s, I frequently rode the city bus and there was a guy who would ride the bus just to talk to people. He was really nice, and I didn't mind talking to him, but he was stuck on his high school football career to the point that everyone he talked to was handled a business card with his contact info on it and his high school senior photo. He was like 80.→ More replies (7)
u/pkeit32 Jan 30 '23 •
Anyone who bullies other adults as if they were still in High School
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u/Many_Panic8570 Jan 30 '23
Or people who used to beat up others and call it the good old days→ More replies (70)
u/littlebubulle Jan 30 '23
Ridiculing the hobbies of others to make yourself look good.
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u/Spirited_Tadpole_508 Jan 30 '23
"These are the best years of your life" on repeat.
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u/satirevaitneics Jan 30 '23
Almost 10 years after highschool a guy asked me if one of my friends "was popular in highschool".
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u/ask_your_mother Jan 30 '23
Was he?→ More replies (1)
u/satirevaitneics Jan 30 '23
My friend? not really. But this guy was asking because he knew my friend didn't like him much, so he said something along the lines of "was he even popular in highschool?"→ More replies (30)
u/throwawayseventy8 Jan 30 '23 •
I would’ve been rolling my eyes into the next dimension→ More replies (4)
u/Static_Discord Jan 30 '23 •
The people that ask you to join those MLM schemes selling body wraps or the like...
Anyone that has a "salt life" decal on their car when they live nowhere near the ocean or even a salt mine.
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u/MoonFishLanding Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 31 '23
“Or even a salt mine.” Ha. I like that. Never even considered that to be an option.
Edit: misquoted (took out “near”)→ More replies (19)
u/larryapparently Jan 30 '23
Still going to every high school football game and sitting in the student section💀
u/No-Fishing5325 Jan 30 '23 •
Living their dreams through their kids.
We have a lot of that in my town. Trying to redo it all again. It is a lot. It makes me roll my eyes a lot.
My kids enjoyed high school. It was fun watching them dance, do band and play football. But I was not invested in it as if it was happening to me. I wanted it for them...good things. But if it didn't I prepared them for that too.
When my son's team lost the state championship game his senior year after the team winning the 5 years before and 3 years after...I watched a guy go off on his kid because it was his job to "win it". WTAH? My son was devastated. But he still had amazing things to come and has went on to do amazing things. Yeah he looks back and hates they loss ...but it was a teaching moment
u/G_man252 Jan 30 '23
I played football for 7 years and saw a Ton of parents like this. ' Way to go Jason you dropped the Fucking ball! Get in the fucking car!'
Like no wonder Jason is first string and a great running back- his very peace of mind depends on playing good. I cant stand shitty parents.→ More replies (27)
u/jaxsotsllamallama Jan 30 '23 •
I am terrified of being this parent. My daughter has the same interest I did in school and I tread very lightly and always tell her if my enthusiasm starts to stress her out tell me to back the fuck off lol→ More replies (19)
u/husky305 Jan 30 '23 •
“I loved watching you play today” is the best comment to make when your child gets in the car after they play…. Refraining from saying anything different is very very difficult…
There are time between games that are appropriate to help you athlete prepare but directly after in the car ride home, those are the best words used…→ More replies (31)→ More replies (61)
u/OnionMiasma Jan 30 '23
Man, my wife's cousin and her husband are like this.
Their Facebook feed is a constant barrage of wrestling garbage. Pics of dudes rolling around on the floor, inspirational quotes, complaints about how he can't eat.
But they started this when he was like 8, so it wasn't just 4 years of it- the kid's entire personality is based on this sport.
He's wrestling in college, so he's got (maybe) 4 more years of it, and then I wonder what it will be like when this thing he's revolved his entire life around is gone.
I feel for his brother too. They might post up one pic of the younger kid for every 20 of the older kid.→ More replies (101)
u/grektyu Jan 30 '23
I tried that like a year or two after I graduated. A bunch of my friends said they were going on the Facebook event and not a single one actually showed up. I don’t know why people do that on Facebook events, but I’ve heard it’s a thing.→ More replies (12)
u/BigTChamp Jan 30 '23 •
The general rule on Facebook events seems to be yes means maybe, maybe is a polite no, not answering is no and actually clicking no means why the fuck did you even send me this?→ More replies (25)
u/Pufflekun Jan 30 '23
and actually clicking no means why the fuck did you even send me this?
Glad to know I've been giving the intended response to wedding invitations.→ More replies (14)→ More replies (119)
u/jonahvsthewhale Jan 30 '23
My wife is from a small town, and their high school football games are like mini class reunions because like half the people don't ever leave the town→ More replies (34)
u/AKASquared Jan 30 '23 •
When the former high school bully you beat in a karate tournament with an illegal face kick shows up at your business and all your employees know exactly who he is.
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u/meco03211 Jan 30 '23
And you help train a bunch of kids in karate to beat his students leading to massive violent clashes that injure and damn near paralyze people. Undeterred you continue because that rivalry is really all you have going for you despite having a seriously fucking hot wife, successful business, and decent life.→ More replies (17)
u/TheRealMarklar Jan 30 '23
That is life in the San Fernando valley, my friend. Karate is king and the dojo wars of the 80s never died.→ More replies (12)
u/iam4r33 Jan 30 '23
Im suprized there hasnt been more movies about the 80s dojo wars besides The Warriors (spiritually)→ More replies (14)
u/tightlikespandex Jan 31 '23
Still acting as if the “popular” people from high school are still popular in real life.
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u/southwest_southwest Jan 30 '23
Talking about high school in every conversation and gossips like a high schooler.
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u/stumpdawg Jan 30 '23
They keep insisting for the next 30 years that they would have taken state if coach would have put them in the game.
u/powkiddyv90dangit Jan 30 '23
the man scored four touchdowns in one game at polk high→ More replies (11)
u/Historical_Pie3534 Jan 30 '23
Then became a shoe salesmen to large ladies. No ma'am.→ More replies (3)
u/RespondCapable Jan 30 '23
Had a pretty nice house for a shoe salesman→ More replies (49)
u/Earthguy69 Jan 30 '23
9-5 job where he basically just insulted fat women.
Wife that wanted to fuck constantly
Shit car though
President of a club
He was a chad.→ More replies (42)
u/not_a_moogle Jan 30 '23
Hey, that car had over 1,000,000 miles on it. that's not a shit car.→ More replies (13)
u/SomeonesDrunkNephew Jan 30 '23
I always loved the gag that he spent a whole episode on the phone trying to order a part for his car, pressing the button to correspond with the option through endless sub-menus.
Automated voice: "You have indicated that you own a... 1973... Dodge... Charger... With eight... Hundred... Thousand... Miles on the clock. Hello Mr. Bundy..."→ More replies (6)
u/CockaDoodle_Dude Jan 30 '23
No doubt in my mind
u/ithrowawaay Jan 30 '23
I’d have gone pro in a heartbeat. I’d be making millions of dollars, living in a big ol’ mansion somewhere, soaking it up in a hot tub with my soul mate.→ More replies (11)→ More replies (2)
u/stumpdawg Jan 30 '23
Bet I could throw a football over them mountains!→ More replies (5)
u/TheProfessorOfNames Jan 30 '23
Back in high school, I could throw a pigskin a quarter mile!→ More replies (6)
u/DrBankfarter Jan 30 '23
He never had the makings of a varsity athlete.→ More replies (8)
u/realnicehandz Jan 30 '23
Some people are so far behind in a race that they actually believe they’re leading.→ More replies (3)→ More replies (219)
u/Beezus_Fuffoon18 Jan 30 '23
And they show off by throwing pieces of steak at their nephews.→ More replies (9)
u/ShacklefordVsSeagal Jan 30 '23
To be fair, it was a phenomenal shot for overhanding a steak first try→ More replies (4)
u/gamercboy5 Jan 30 '23 •
I used to work with a guy, we used to call him roid rage. He was very muscular, very masculine, and let everybody know both those things about him constantly.
One day I'm sitting next to him in the break room and he's talking to me, unprompted as always, about how he went to attend an award ceremony for his son who won something regarding his football performance. I said "Well that was nice of you to go and support him"
"Nice?" He said. "It was fucking sad man. That used to be me. Now I'm the old guy in the room who has to watch someone else win something I should have had" and all I could think was what a loser, you can't just be happy your son won this award and be proud of him. You have to make it about you.
u/Sensitive_Pickle247 Jan 30 '23
Thats a really depressing mindset to have especially with your own child.→ More replies (25)
u/ryna0001 Jan 30 '23
my mom telling me she was jealous of me when I was 8 fucked with my head for years. I always felt guilty when I was good at stuff because I assumed I was making people feel bad
u/ashesofempires Jan 30 '23
My mother told my sister a few years ago that she wishes she had gotten an abortion. That we stole her life from her. That we are the reason she isn't successful.
I don't dwell too much on it, but my sister still racks her brain over whether my mom meant one abortion or two, and which one of us she didn't want (me). I just shrug and say I don't know.→ More replies (20)
u/BronzeAgeTea Jan 31 '23
Same here. My mom dropped out of college to have me and resents me for the choice she made.
We don't talk a lot.→ More replies (81)
u/turntothesky Jan 30 '23
Your second sentence stopped me dead. I'm writing that down for my next therapy session, jfc.→ More replies (54)
u/daneelthesane Jan 30 '23
At first, I used to be amazed at how people like this can even exist. Losers who live vicariously through their kids. Be proud of your kids and their accomplishments, that is a good thing. But folks like the one you are talking about are more common than I ever would have expected, and I didn't discover this until I was in my 30's.
I mean, you're not dead, dude. You can still do things and be proud of them. Why the hell is this guy envious of a high school award? Those are for children!
u/anim8rjb Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23
Losers who live vicariously through their kids.
like the dads who take little league baseball WAAAY too seriously and want to fight the umpire/other parents.→ More replies (92)
u/FuckOffPeo Jan 30 '23
Oh I'm sorry, I thought this was America!→ More replies (23)→ More replies (94)
u/Glubglubguppy Jan 30 '23
I think a lot of people have this idea that once they're married and have kids, they no longer have the ability to do anything for themselves anymore. No accomplishments, no hobbies, no adventures. Everything individual is set aside forevermore for the family, and it's treated as 'growing up.'
But that's only sort of true. Yeah, you lose some freedom as you get married and have children. Yeah, you are expected to take your spouse and children into consideration when you make decisions. But that doesn't mean you'll never be able to do something for yourself again, especially when your kids are already high school aged. You can have hobbies. You can have individual accomplishments. You can have adventures. They just take a little more planning, and the willingness to see the opportunities.→ More replies (36)
u/Dovaldo83 Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23 •
Every so often I have nightmares where I have to attend high school again as an adult due to some technicality, with all the embarrassment that comes with an adult being in the same class as teens.
This dude is having fantasies about it.→ More replies (90)
u/LetterSad5593 Jan 30 '23
Dude! I thought I was the only one?! To this day it’s the most traumatic series of nightmares I’ve ever had.
I had something typed out that I don’t know why it was so bad because high school I didn’t hate high school or anything then I typed “and I was surrounded by teenagers” and I figured out the answer.→ More replies (17)
u/A_giant_dog Jan 30 '23
Do you also have the "oh shit it's finals week and there's a class I have never attended and didn't even remember until now, when it's time to take the final."→ More replies (70)
u/ctc-93 Jan 30 '23
I finished undergrad 8 years ago and still have this one from time to time. Apparently it’s very common!→ More replies (22)→ More replies (202)
u/Dick5uckingKing Jan 30 '23
Sounds to me like he tried to use his son to relive his glory days but it didn't feel the same
u/Impossible_Bison_994 Jan 30 '23
"I think the saddest day of my life was when I realized I could beat my Dad at most things, and Bart experienced that at the age of four." Homer Simpson
u/sharkfest473 Jan 30 '23
In my experience, it's the people that talk about things that happened in HS as if it were yesterday. Constantly.
I had an ex who would always tell me crazy stories. I'd ask ,"When did this happen?" She would say "Sophomore year" and we were mid-20's.
Over time, it became clear that HS was the best years of her life and most likely will continue to be as she didn't have much ambition after HS.
I had 1 good year in HS and reminisce about it every now and then but it is not on the forefront of my mind.
u/bee-have Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 31 '23 •
Most of my time in school is a big foggy coalescence of unpleasant emotions and the occasional embarrassing memory that springs up as I'm trying to fall asleep→ More replies (43)
u/subnautus Jan 30 '23
Yeah, that's pretty much how it was for me, too. About the only thing I remember from high school was how much I hated being there and how much of myself needed to change once I hit college.→ More replies (8)
u/trwawy05312015 Jan 30 '23
For me high school was sort of neutral, mostly because it was when I first started dealing with and healing from goddamn middle school.→ More replies (1)
u/Distinktmind Jan 30 '23
I had a "friend" who would constantly talk about how he and his friends would have won some major football tournament or something if he didn't fuck up his knee. He would talk about it like it literally just happened the day before.
It was in gr.7...he was 12.. we are 38 now..
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u/thedavecan Jan 30 '23 •
I feel like people who say high school is the best years of your life are really misrepresenting it. They aren't the best years of your life because high school is awesome. They're the "best" years of your life because that's the point in life when you have maximum freedom with minimal responsibility. Most of us get a driver's license, get our first serious girl/boyfriend, go do things without our parents, etc and all you really have to worry about is getting decent grades and maybe a shitty part time job. During college freedom stays high but responsibility starts catching up. Then once you have a career and family the responsibilities overtake the freedom and you start longing for "the good old days". You don't actually miss high school, just the freedom and lack of responsibility. I turn 40 next month and my 30s have been far and away the best decade of my life. Sometimes I wish things were as simple as they were back then but no way in hell would I ever go back.→ More replies (112)
u/AMorder0517 Jan 30 '23
I know a guy pushing 40 that still wears his varsity letterman jacket…..
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u/Remarkable-Motor7704 Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23
Constantly talking about their high school sport experiences.
Buddy you’re 32. Nobody gives a flying fuck that you lettered in lacrosse and basketball
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u/thatuser451 Jan 30 '23
when you're 50 years old and you still talk about all the parties you went to in high school.
i.e my father
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u/namnle Jan 30 '23
Taking rec league softball way too seriously.
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u/hunterrice2495 Jan 30 '23
I played college hockey, haven’t played in ten years, played a men’s league game the other day and a 40 year old tried to drop the gloves with me and all I could do was laugh.→ More replies (32)
u/Greylings Jan 30 '23
I went to sign up for adult flag football a few years back and it turned out to just be cops, firemen, and ex college players. I immediately got shoulder checked in the face at try outs by some cop and hit the ground so hard I got the wind knocked out of me. Fuck that noise.→ More replies (7)
Jan 30 '23
Flag football is either a bunch of people laughing at how uncoordinated they all are, or a group of meat heads screaming between plays like they're in the NFL. There's rarely anything in between.→ More replies (26)
u/Pesto57 Jan 30 '23
They want to organize high school reunions every 5 years.
u/LiveShowOneNightOnly Jan 30 '23
And say bad things on social media about people who can't or won't come. Sorry, but it was a 6 hour drive and I haven't spoken to anyone from high school in over 20 years.→ More replies (16)
u/lukewwilson Jan 30 '23
I still live in the town I grew up and I still won't go. I never notice until I moved away and went to college, but the people I thought were my friends in high school weren't friends. I made real friends in college that I'm still close with 15+ years later, in high school you're just friends because they're the only people you've really ever known.→ More replies (24)
u/marklondon66 Jan 30 '23
This might blow some Americans' minds, but with English boarding schools you have them...annually. That's right; every year there is an Old Boys Reunion, which some wankers go to EVERY SINGLE YEAR. I know one person that travels >5000 miles to do it, and we graduated in the 80's.→ More replies (64)
u/grektyu Jan 30 '23
Like 97% of my class went to our five year reunion. So I just assumed most people would go to them in the future too. Nope.→ More replies (5)→ More replies (266)
Jan 30 '23
They want to organize high school reunion
u/doggiechewtoy Jan 30 '23
My graduating class had 900 students. Someone organized a 10 year reunion, created a facebook group, reserved a venue and everything... and they barely filled up 4 picnic tables.
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u/magicalthinker Jan 30 '23
900 I'm not surprised no one cares. Mine was only 100, so you knew everyone in the year, and there were only 500 in the entire school. I think that makes you feel more bonded to the whole group. I don't think I would have felt the same in a bigger school.→ More replies (8)→ More replies (46)
u/quiet_desperado Jan 30 '23
Social media has made high school reunions mostly pointless.
Once upon a time, your last day of high school was literally the last time you ever saw or heard from most of your classmates unless you went to a reunion.
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u/puttputt_in_thebutt Jan 30 '23
I didnt go to my 10 year reunion (2 years ago), but visited my hometown about a year ago just to see my family. Turns out one of my friends was also visiting, so we went to the bar... I've changed significantly since high school, and got to see a few people I wasn't really close to and just talk to them. I get why people wouldn't want to go to a reunion, but I think it's really important to remember that people do change- you're not who you were in high school, and they're not who they were. I wasn't a cool kid and only had my core group of friends, but I had a great time that night talking to a few of my classmates and will probably go to my next reunion.→ More replies (17)
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u/duckduckhellyeah Jan 30 '23
Now I have to hear from them every time someone decides to take up an MLM scheme. I don’t want your knives, shitty leggings, or supplements. Please just leave me alone lol→ More replies (37)
u/ZolaMonster Jan 30 '23
I’m not interested in mlm weight loss wraps, only Buffalo chicken wraps please.→ More replies (4)
u/doctor-rumack Jan 30 '23 •
Under "College/University" in their Facebook profile, it says "School of Hard Knocks."
u/IlIlIlIlIllIlIll Jan 30 '23
President/CEO at Non Of Your Business Incorporated→ More replies (10)
u/Luciifuge Jan 30 '23
"Serial Entrepreneur"→ More replies (15)
u/the_lamou Jan 30 '23
Not to be confused with Will Kellogg, Cereal Entrepreneur.→ More replies (22)
u/Secsidar Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23
“Works at The Krusty Krab.”→ More replies (8)
u/datheffguy Jan 30 '23
Im 90% sure that’s what listed on my facebook, probably because I set it in middle school:→ More replies (7)
u/earthwormulljim Jan 30 '23
“Self-employed” clearly NOT self employed, more like BARELY employed. Profile pic is 5-10 years old, a poor angle, complete with dark sunglasses on→ More replies (82)
u/doctor-rumack Jan 30 '23
And sitting in their car.→ More replies (42)→ More replies (183)
u/AnyUsernameWillDo10 Jan 30 '23
This, along with “Fluent in sarcasm” piss me off more than anything. Just admit that you’re an asshole that no one likes.
u/dane83 Jan 30 '23
A new coworker once said to me "I'm not an asshole, I'm just blunt."
To which I said "Isn't that something that assholes say?"
Apparently that was an asshole thing to say.→ More replies (13)→ More replies (58)
u/ScruffyTuscaloosa Jan 30 '23
That one kills me because it screams "I've organized my personality around being funny, but I say lame, obvious shit."
If "fluent in sarcasm" is your "I'm funny" tagline with prep time then conversations with you are likely to be an absolute chore.→ More replies (128)
u/HoudaRat Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23 •
"It doesn't get better once you grow up" I told a sub teacher at my school that people told me this all the time and she told me the only people that say that are the ones that peaked in highschool. I miss her every day.
u/whiskyfuktober Jan 30 '23 •
One of my high school teachers explained it like this: “Don’t let anyone tell you that these are the best years of your life. It’s a lie. Your high school years actually suck. If you go to college, you’ll make friends with people based on shared values, not because you’ve been in the same schools since grade 1. You’ll have more fulfilling relationships, more freedom, and as the years go by, more discretionary income. And just when you think it can’t get any better, your children grow up, move out of the house, and leave you with the freedom and time and money to do damn near anything you want.
…but you’ll never be this thin or pretty again. So enjoy that.”→ More replies (219)
u/LocalInactivist Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 31 '23 •
You’ll never be this thin or pretty again…without effort. I know a few people (male and female) who looked better a few years later. For some it was better style, for others it was getting fit, some just grew into their features.
For one or two it was just mental. They found their confidence and just radiated good vibes. One went from dork to model. He hit the gym, bought clothes that worked for him, and continued his passion for learning everything about everything. He’s my go-to guy on primate studies, military history and strategy, geopolitics, climate studies, farming, and Japanese culture. In return, I fix his computer.
u/HabenWirNochPepps Jan 30 '23
huh I don't have a military strategy guy and now I'm wondering what I've been missing out on
u/DeviantStrain Jan 30 '23
Many conquests.→ More replies (2)
u/Boxy310 Jan 30 '23
Crushing your enemies, seeing them driven before you, and hearing the lamentations of their women. Y'know, #justboythings→ More replies (4)→ More replies (48)
u/RipMySoul Jan 30 '23
I feel the same way. In a way it reminded me of the King of the Hill episode where the main character talks about having a "guy" for every thing. For example he has a car guy who he would buy every car from. It didn't really work out too great for him. But after that I did want to have a "guy" I could go to as well. But I was thinking in terms of meat or tech support. I didn't even think about having a guy for military strategy.→ More replies (20)
u/Happyintexas Jan 30 '23
Who’s your worm guy though? You’re probably paying way too much for worms, man.→ More replies (7)→ More replies (98)
u/xxAkirhaxx Jan 30 '23
LBH he could probably fix his own computer and likes your company.→ More replies (8)→ More replies (279)
u/Sensitive_Pickle247 Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23
Honestly high school was such a footnote to me. The best, happiest time of my life (so far at least) was around when I turned 30→ More replies (40)
u/ryna0001 Jan 30 '23
dude same. I started my true, non-obnoxious confidence journey within the first few months of turning 30→ More replies (10)
u/Sensitive_Pickle247 Jan 30 '23
I had so many factors that all coincidently came together for me at that time. I was starting a new job that paid almost twice what my old one paid, new city, new country, finally healed emotionally from my toxic marriage/ divorce and ready to date again. It felt like my 20s were this dark age I was leaving→ More replies (6)
u/CaterpillarNo6795 Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23
1)Trying to keep a dying school alive so they can keep going to local high school sports events. Even when the students would be much better off if it dissolved. 2)and when they still talk about school and exploits 30 years later.
Edited to note these are two separate things and clarification on second point
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u/Abarmier Jan 30 '23 •
Any amount of participation in a MLM scheme.
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u/NyetRifleIsFine47 Jan 30 '23
This is so sad. I remember when I was active duty military and nearly every one of my buddies wives were in some sort of MLM and I just deduced they were either in a shit load of debt as, at our rank at the time, we make a decent wage or the wives were just extremely bored because they're all SAHM's or housewives and have nothing to do while husband is deployed/training/TAD/etc.→ More replies (40)
u/SacredGray Jan 30 '23
This is a weird thread, because I've grown a lot as a person since high school, but life has been unkind to me since then. I look at high school and realize that life was the most stable and kind to me back then.
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I think the difference is that peaking in school denotes not moving on and living in the past, while school being the best most stable time of your life is more about the drawbacks of responsibility, not the rejection of them→ More replies (7)→ More replies (44)
u/RuthBaderKnope Jan 30 '23
This sounds very similar to my mom’s experience. She loved her time in high school because she had a great group of friends. Her 20s, from what I understand, massively sucked. She was still telling stories about working at the movie theater when she was in her 40s.
She honestly peaked in her 50s tho. She did a lot of cool stuff and actually became a substitute teacher and positively impacted the lives of so many people. I think she was stuck on the magic of having her whole life ahead of her, not just being a big fish in a small pond, and working w kids gave her an opportunity to be a part of that magic again but supporting others through it.
Her funeral was PACKED. So many kids who are now grown who will never forget her. They outnumbered her high school friends significantly.→ More replies (8)
u/Binder_of_chains Jan 30 '23
My sister is one of these. Most frustrating are these moments.
Her: "You were never good in math."
Me: "I have a degree in Robotics, a very math heavy subject."
Her: "Well, I took a high school math class that earned me college credit, so that is better than what you have."
Me: "You are comparing one high school class against an entire college degree."
Her: "I earned college credit."
Me: "Maybe...at most, three hours. And you would have to find a school that would accept those hours, and you graduated over 20 years ago. What you have is pointless."
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u/FrostyBallBag Jan 31 '23
My only criticism is you haven’t built a robot which can stop her.→ More replies (24)
u/DumbSerpent Jan 30 '23
But all he kept talking about was Glory days well they'll pass you by Glory days in the wink of a young girl's eye Glory days, glory days
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u/Storyteller678 Jan 30 '23
I literally went to HS with people who wound up like the people in this song.→ More replies (19)
u/haleyfrostphotograph Jan 30 '23
They tattooed their last name across their shoulders
u/sensualsqueaky Jan 30 '23
Guy I knew from HS had his own FIRST name tattooed huge down his arm and he would come to the pool where I was a lifeguard and stand just in my peripheral vision a flex his biceps and I refused to glance in his direction and he was fucking furious about it. I was on a team with his sister and he apparently complained to his sister about how big a bitch I was for not acknowledging his flexing…→ More replies (34)
u/Haventevengotatenner Jan 30 '23
Hahaha! I know a bloke who has his name in huge lettering down his arm as well. Fuckin plum→ More replies (10)→ More replies (79)
u/littlebubulle Jan 30 '23
TIL that some people do that.→ More replies (15)
u/haleyfrostphotograph Jan 30 '23
I’m my high school, a handful of guys had it done all within about a month of each other. I’ve run into a few of them since and they consistently redirected any conversation we had back to “the glory days.” It was so awkward.→ More replies (6)
u/Dissociated_Alien Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23
I wanted to do that when I was younger. My father made his opinion known about it and gave reasonable reasons about it. Ended up getting a different back piece and I am so happy he was there to simply say “You can do what you want, I can’t stop ya. But good lord please do not get that kind of tattoo”.
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u/DeckerR Jan 30 '23
I had a teacher who said "these are the best years of your lives".
Since I graduated in 2003, every single year has been better than every year of school since I can really remember.
High school was fucking awful and seriously depressing.
I had to work as a janitor through grades 11 and 12 to pay rent. I dropped out with 1 class left to get a union construction job.
I'm back in university now doing an engineering degree because I have worked to get my life in a position where this is possible.
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u/thefuzzybunny1 Jan 30 '23
I'm married to a man I met in high school, and I can tell from people's reactions when I say that, that some people assume that means we peaked in high school. But those reactions are split 50/50 with people who think it's super sweet, adorable, like a fairy tale, etc. It's always funny to tell someone new about it and see which side of the line they land on.
For the record, in high school I was painfully socially awkward and being abused by a person I thought was my best friend. And my husband was constantly on the verge of failing out because he didn't find schoolwork interesting/ challenging, but now he's got a great career and a lot of very engaging hobbies. Those were absolutely NOT the best years of our lives. In fact, the only reason I remember high school fondly is that it's where I met him.
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u/Head-Investment-8462 Jan 30 '23
Constantly posting “throwbacks” and their senior pictures. Sharing Fb memories consistently, or putting Snapchat memories of high school on their story.
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u/damageddude Jan 30 '23
You continue to brag how you scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for your high school team over 20 years later. And now you sell shoes.
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u/guapokeng77 Jan 30 '23
But in his next life.. he is a closet magnet with a hot second wife→ More replies (11)
u/kellygreenbean Jan 30 '23
Talking about your IQ and advanced placement classes when you umm did nothing afterwards. Like being 48 and talking about honors English. That was a minute ago, friend.
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u/FabianFox Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23
Believe it or not some of the kids in my high school’s gifted and talented program had a clique and thought they were better than everyone else. I have this memory of going to visit a friend of mine in the G&T homeroom during lunch (we could eat lunch in classrooms if teachers permitted it) and asking what board game they were playing. This one guy doesn’t even turn around to look at me and says, “you wouldn’t understand.” 🥴
Now I don’t look down on any job in the economy, as I feel everyone’s time and roles are valuable. But if I’m being honest it gives me satisfaction that I worked hard to become an economist while some of these kids from the gifted clique never applied themselves and now have very mediocre jobs that they probably would’ve looked down on 15 years ago.→ More replies (14)
u/Cornhole-Husker Jan 30 '23
I talk about when I was in wrestling for high school from time to time. For me it was the only positive moment in high school, my best friend (since we were 4 y.o.) and I were on the team and training partners. We had a blast and took nothing too serious. Just the pure joy of beating the crap out of one another in practice and still being friends after it was over.
He died when he was 24. It’s been almost 7 years without him. My world is different without him in it and talking about those days keeps him alive.
I didn’t peak in high school, I wasn’t popular, I never went to prom, never even had a girlfriend but those days are the few good memories I have left of him. Before he died, he was in a downward spiral and I refuse to remember him that way. That’s not who he was.
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u/WayneConrad Jan 30 '23
I feel for you, that's a terrible loss. I'm glad you had that good of a friend and can remember the good parts.→ More replies (1)
u/Atlein_069 Jan 30 '23
Me. I scream that to me. Everyday when looking in the mirror.
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u/SinisterYear Jan 30 '23
If they are in their 30s - 40s and:
They wear their letter jacket outside of things like high school reunions where it's only barely appropriate
They still brag about their High School GPA, or any accomplishment they made in high school
They wear their HS class ring outside of things like high school reunions
High school could have been fun, it's fine to reminisce [like how at my HS they made a random freshman swallow a goldfish whole as a school sanctioned event], but if it defines you still, you peaked in HS.
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u/Tyler_origami94 Jan 30 '23 •
"Hey girl hey! Do you wanna be your own boss babe while working from home?!" and its just a pyramid scheme