Wisdom may be gained through hard-earned experience, but passing down life’s lessons with the hope that other people might learn them a little sooner — and a little easier — than the rest of us did is just as much a part of the human experience.
To that end, women on Reddit are sharing truths that they think more women should know, ranging from practical advice to more existential ideals.
A lot of these realizations may be things you already know for yourself on some level, but sometimes it helps to hear other people vocalize the things you’re feeling to really become okay with accepting them as part of your life’s philosophy.
And there are definitely some real keepers here. Thanks, Reddit!
Being with the wrong partner is truly much worse than being single.bodysnatcherz
Other women are not the enemy or the competition. That’s just patriarchal bullshit used to divide and conquer us.Elle_Vetica
All the rules of life are made up. Question everything. Live the life you want.searedscallops
It is 100% possible for women to be misogynists and it is very likely you have misogynistic tendencies yourself as that is most likely the society you grew up in.smashley1994
No is a powerful word.Individualchaotin
Pregnancy tests cost a dollar at the dollar tree, or cheaper still if you order from pregmate.Aradne
The fact that a lot of women think their vulva is a vagina.jinglebells125
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.LSAinPA
Children are a choice, not an obligation.untilthestarsfall3
Pain isn’t normal, if you are experiencing pain from makeup, working out, etc, you should stop and consult a doctor.SpiPop
When guys talk about “the one that got away,’ they’re referring to a lady who has seen her worth and got tired of his immaturity/selfishness.ladyyninjaa
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.dianacakes
Once a woman understands that she can literally do anything, they are unstoppable forces of nature. We are a resilient gender no matter what you were assigned at birth and I’ll be god damned if anyone can prove different.kentuckemily
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.No_Lab_5553
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.tsh87
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.meedlymee
That being a ” low maintenance girl” one that trashes other more outspoken women, does not make you better. If anything it makes you a bigger target for men since they know they can use you. News flash? Men can and will treat you like shit no matter how much of a “guy’s girl” you are.LetsBeReal24
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.nastyyynico
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.croptopweather