In a perfect world, nothing bad would ever happen to anybody. On the other hand, some misfortunes can help to make you a better person. All of these experiences build empathy, teach a lesson, or make you appreciate the good things in life.
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"What's a bad thing everyone should experience once?" asks Redditor tyga23. And /r/AskReddit users have some great answers.
- Nothing makes you appreciate life itself like a near-death experience, says _Mr_G_. "You wake up exhilarated."
- A near-miss while driving "reminds you why driving deserves your full attention the entire time," says orgy-of-nerdiness. We_Flatten_Stuff even recommends a minor car accident to really scare some caution into you.
- "Being sick and having someone take care of you," says PM_ME_DOGS_IN_SOCKS, so you learn how to care for (and empathise with) others. TinCanCynic even recommends getting sick alone away from home, to greater appreciate your loved ones.
- Similarly, pleasedontPM recommends "indifference from complete strangers when you are in a time of need... It helps you be a better person."
- On the other hand, loridee says "I think it's important to get used or ripped off once by a supposed friend," which cured her son of falling for "any hard luck tale."
- Being broke, says jinkinater, will help you appreciate your money later.
- Pierre777 recommends bad relationships, which teach you what you want out of a good one.
- "Being at the mercy of someone else after you've done something to deserve getting your arse whooped," says TSPSweeney. "A little fear can be enough to make people think twice before being dickheads to others."
- Actually getting in a physical fight, says devildunkard, teaches you how to handle confrontation. "Best to do it while you are young. There are much less consequences."