As children, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. We leave cookies and milk, write letters to the North Pole, and listen for the sound of reindeer hooves on the rooftop. Eventually, we learn that Santa isn’t real. In fact, there are many things we believed during our childhoods that turn out to be untrue. One user on a popular forum asked, “What is the adult version of finding out that Santa Claus doesn’t exist?”
The Tupperware Lie
One wrote, “When you buy an 8-piece tupperware set, 4 of the pieces are lids” which is the biggest disappointment to discovering Santa is a fake. Making it worse, the uneven numbers typically mean you’re going to have some pieces that don’t have a lid and they don’t store easily.
The “Some People Aren’t Really Your Friend” Disappointment
Another said it’s disappointing when you find out “…some friends were never really your friend.” Unfortunately, there are fake people out there who will use you and treat you poorly. Sometimes you find out later than sooner.
The Be a Hard Worker Lie
One user said the adult version of Santa not existing was that “Being a hard worker and good at your job doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be rewarded for it.” It’s sad but true. There are no guarantees and sometimes good people still finish last. Another emphasized that “In reality, being a hard worker keeps you exactly where you are. Management will keep you churning out the good work you do without ever paying you any more than they do, and it make them look good.”
The Mistakes Are Ok Myth
We hope that mistakes are OK, but one person replied, “One dumb mistake and it could all be over.” So, you never know. Depending on the mistake, you may not be able to recover on your current path. Failure is ok and helps with growth, but it typically requires you to switch lanes.
The “Your Parents Are Superheroes” Let Down
“Finding out that your parents are people, too, with weaknesses or flaws that you were blind to when you were young.”
The You Can Do Everything Right and Still Fail Disappointment
One user pointed out that “You can do everything right and still fail. The reverse is true as well.” Either way, it’s disappointing to do things right and still fail.
The People Have It Together Myth
One user said the closest thing to finding out that St. Nick wasn’t real was “When you realize basically everyone is just faking it til they make it.” It’s kinda funny, but it is true. Confidence will take you far. Just hopefully, you’re learning while faking it to make it.
The People Are Amazing Lie
It’s almost like finding out that Santa isn’t real when according to one person, you find out “…that someone you have looked up to and admired your entire life is actually a horrible person.” You never really know someone as well as you think.
The I Can’t-Wait to Be a Grown-up Legend
Right next to finding out the old man in the red suit is a fake, it’s just as disappointing to one that “You never actually feel like the adult.” For some, it doesn’t matter how old they are, they never quite feel old enough or like an adult…and then the bills roll in, and regardless of how you feel, you’re an adult.
The $500 Is a Lot of Money Tale
Growing up we thought $20, $50, and even $100 was a lot of money. Grow up, and you realize “$500 isn’t a lot of money.”
The I’m Going to Retire Story
Growing up, we see people retiring. Many of whom had pensions. Today, we grow up, and one user said the biggest disappointment in discovering the truth about Santa was “Finding out that reaching retirement is about hitting a financial number and not reaching an age.” Another user added, “Also finding out that this financial target is much harder to reach than you were lead to believe, and it gets worse every year.”
The Saga of Health Insurance
It can be quite disappointing, according to one user, “Realizing just how high the deductible is on your insurance.” Sometimes, the numbers can be quite shocking.
The You Don’t Have a Maid Disappointment
Growing up is hard enough. For one user the adult disappointment of no Kris Kringle was “When you finish eating your dinner and there is no magical person to wash the dishes and you have to wash them yourself.” It’s hard to keep a house clean without a plan.
The Reality TV Isn’t Real Lie
One said, “For me, it was finding out those HGTV shows are all more or less staged” was the closest thing to finding out Saint Nicholas wasn’t real.
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