12 Strongly Held Beliefs That Drastically Changed as People Got Older

Have you ever had a firmly held belief that drastically changed as you got older? I'll go first; for the longest time, I thought adults were perfect and could never make a mistake. I held my parents to an unrealistic standard, but now I realize they're human beings with flaws and shortcomings.

After someone posted this question on an internet community, here are the answers they got.

1. Book-Smart Is Life-Smart

boredwomanreading scaled e1675470734906
Credit: Nicoleta Ionescu/Shutterstock.

Are you book-smart or life-smart? A contributor suggests there's a vast difference between the two. They went to school with book-smart nurses that could not function when required to do direct patient care.

2. Good Things Happen To Good People

religion
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

The world doesn't have to reward you just because you're a good person. Somebody says nature is indifferent and good people can experience bad things. It's up to us to set things straight.

3. People Are Together Because of Love

Cheerful young couple in the morning at home drinking coffee
Image Credit: Ivanko80 and Shutterstock.

Do you believe there is a divine power that chooses people who're suited for each other? If that power is proximity and convenience, then you may be right. An individual states that many people are together because of favorable circumstances.

4. Everyone Can Succeed

Excited businesswoman checking gorwth graph celebrating success at office
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Not everyone has the privilege of pulling themselves up by their bootstraps to succeed. A commenter shares that some people are born into a system that doesn't let them have good boots. They're trying to find a balance between not being angry at the world and connecting with people who don't understand this.

5. We Can Rely on The Government

Ballot Measure 58 Looks to Decriminalize Psychedelics in Colorado
Image Credit: vesperstock/Shutterstock.

I remember the false sense of security when I thought the government always sought our best interests. One person mentions that governments are dysfunctional and no one should rely on them.

6. Things Always Work Out

Two happy people on a road trip.
Image credit: Shutterstock.

This may be hard to hear, but a responder writes that not everyone gets a happy ending. Things work out how they're supposed to, different from how you expect them to.

7. Hard Work Pays

Its too chaotic to cope. Portrait of a young female doctor looking stressed out in a demanding work environment.
Image Credit: PeopleImages.com – Yuri A/Shutterstock.

Just because you work hard doesn't mean you'll get ahead. One responds that you need friends in the right places and a lot of luck to succeed. If you do not work hard, you can still be successful if you're lucky. Hard work only assures you a ten percent success rate.

8. Friendships Are Forever

shutterstock 1212963982 scaled e1679170418768
Photo Credit: Denis OREA/Shutterstock.

You'll have different friends for different seasons of your life. A person shares that friendships go along with the chapters of life. You're fortunate if you have some that withstand the waves.

9. People Think About Others

Bridezilla, Bride yelling, upset bride
Photo Credit: Viacheslav Boiko/Shutterstock.

Many agree that everyone is too engrossed in their lives to care about yours. Nobody cares about what you wear, do, or look like. They're all focused on their interests, comfort, and well-being.

10. Money Is Everything

Person putting dollar bills in a wallet
Image Credit: Yulia Grigoryeva via Shutterstock.

Can money buy happiness? A  person declares that being around family and people who support you is more important.

11. Love Conquers All

best places to elope
Image Credit: Shutterstock.

Love is only a fraction of what it takes to have a successful relationship. A forum member explains that two people could love each other so much, but it only counts if they work to make the relationship work. Resentment will set in, and things will fall apart.

12. Failure Is Permanent

shutterstock 1523322002 1 scaled e1677272602243
Photo Credit: fizkes/Shutterstock.

Finally, a user affirms that you can always grow, learn and change. Goals may look unachievable, but if you practice consistently, you can do anything. Failure is a temporary state that you can change.

This thread inspired this post.

This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.