r/AskReddit Dec 02 '21

If Covid hadn't happened, how would your life be different right now?

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u/EasternStorm1014 Dec 02 '21

Most probably not having to watch a close family member die of cancer as it would have been most probably picked up during routine tests that were cancelled and put on hold due to covid.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '21

I don't know if they count these cases as COVID-19 related deaths, but they should. I'm so sorry for your loss, it sucks a lot.

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u/Banzai27 Dec 03 '21

Why should they?

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u/papabearmormont01 Dec 03 '21

Because one of the primary metrics used to assess deaths related to COVID is “excess” deaths compared to previous years. I know that the stats people make some adjustments for different years, but it helps inform the discussion.

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u/anakinthemannequin Dec 02 '21 Silver Wholesome

All honesty I probably would’ve attempted suicide. Lockdown gave me my opportunity to fix my life and to get myself happy. I know most people had a bad experience with lockdown, but I used the time to find myself and now I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been

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u/nosheam Dec 02 '21

Good for you man!

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u/jalabi99 Dec 03 '21

Thank you for not attempting suicide. We need you here in the world u/anakinthemannequin. Stay well.

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u/anakinthemannequin Dec 03 '21

You too, thanks ❤️

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u/JoshNIU22896 Dec 03 '21

I am very happy whenever I hear the other side of the coin like this . Good work!

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u/piratedogD Dec 03 '21

That’s fantastic.

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u/thatonemanss Dec 03 '21

I'm proud of you man

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u/fallenash98 Dec 03 '21

It’s nice to hear about others that healed during this time. I did a bit of both, falling apart then healing, and although it was hard it was very therapeutic in a way. I know lockdown was awful and it happened for an awful reason and people were sick and dying throughout the whole thing so I am hesitant to talk about positive things that happened during that time.

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u/anakinthemannequin Dec 03 '21

Don’t be hesitant! Be grateful, as bad as things got, appreciate the fact that you’re still here today and that your mental health is at its best! Never be ashamed to admit you turned a negative into a positive, no matter how severe the negative can be. Be proud of that, not many of my friends took the time to focus on themselves during lockdown. Glad you’re doing well!

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u/goth-party Dec 03 '21

I can relate to the self healing. Good for u.

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u/anakinthemannequin Dec 03 '21

Sweet! Great job on overcoming the obstacles 🤝

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u/syamimirosli Dec 03 '21

Sending you love 🌟

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u/Hour-Introduction897 Dec 03 '21

good job proves that sometimes people overcome

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '21

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u/Sheldonconch Dec 03 '21

Very much true for me. I haven't had a "normal" job (desk/office job) in over a decade, and during quarantine I both invested in stocks and dogecoin (I was going to say crypto but it's really just doge and not a huge investment) and I found a way to make money that I wouldn't have tried before and am making more/have more saved up than I ever have previously.

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u/Mo7ammed_Gxx Dec 02 '21

My life would be filled by parties that I don’t want to attend but I have to do it anyway

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u/gaymalemillenial Dec 02 '21

I could be married by now 👀

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u/personofinterest18 Dec 02 '21

Probably wouldn’t have bought a house or gotten a dog

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u/madstwatter Dec 02 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

I would have travelled around the world, and finally met and stayed with my Auntie in Australia around the Gold Coast. Instead I lost four stone, my ptsd returned in full force and I met my boyfriend. We grew close as we were forced to live together in lockdown. We now have a house together and we celebrated our one year anniversary yesterday.

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u/hop_mantis Dec 03 '21

That was a roller coaster 🎢

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u/meowcat187 Dec 02 '21

I'd be making 50k less / year

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u/Lousy_Lawyer Dec 02 '21

I would have killed myself.

I was going through a very tough period when COVID hit, due to this my sibling came home to stay with us. Spending day and night with him for almost 1 year and I just felt that I'm not alone.

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u/curlyfries_2002 Dec 03 '21

I'm glad you're still here.

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u/SouthernMartin88 Dec 02 '21

Not much different really.

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u/BigBoob_PMs_Scare_Me Dec 02 '21

Honestly, probably not much.

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u/Gubble_Buppie Dec 02 '21

I probably wouldn't have just welcomed my daughter into the world. Yep, she's one of them quarantine babies.

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u/densetsu23 Dec 03 '21

Related; my life wouldn't have changed much but I think my daughters lives would be way better.

They're 6 and 3 and are missing out on so much in these formative years.

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u/CoinkyDinkLinguine Dec 02 '21

Mine too! And she's sleeping on my chest. She's a heavy ass baby too.

I knew when we were expecting I was going to be mad we didn't do it sooner (we've been together for six years), but man am I glad we got some slo-mo on life when she came around instead of the hustle bustle we were moving at.

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u/sonokoroxs Dec 03 '21

I was going to say that! My son was born on Christmas eve 2020. Right when we were both allowed to stay home my husband and I got to it and worked as well lol. For some reason we thought this was the perfect time to have a baby. I'm glad we did though. He's almost 1 and is amazing.

Also if the pandemic didn't happened I would have visited Tokyo for the 5 year anniversary since I studied abroad there but oh well I can just take my son in the next few years.

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u/Jazyritz Dec 03 '21

Same boat

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u/fallenash98 Dec 03 '21

Idk the way I read this made me smile. Congrats to you. I hope you’re having the time of your life with your little one :)

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u/smileyoureon Dec 03 '21

Mines the opposite probably, we were going to start trying for another and decided not to because of the virus

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u/ScytherTheSkyMantis Dec 02 '21

I'd be seeing movies in theaters more often. Before the pandemic, I'd go to the theater once or twice a month. Now, though? I've only seen two movies in theaters since early 2020.

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u/Common-Blacksmith400 Dec 03 '21

I would be an extrovert actually making friends

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u/rake2204 Dec 02 '21

I was just getting into traveling abroad, so I imagine we'd have a few more countries under our belt than we do now.

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u/PhelpsHas23Golds Dec 02 '21

Same!! First trip out of the country was fall 2019. Really wish Covid hadn’t stomped out our travel plans. We wanted to squeeze more trips in before we have kids but that biological clock is ticking for me so I feel we gotta get started now.

Bummer we missed out on a couple fun child free travel years but we were lucky we were both employed and kept our health so overall no complaints

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u/WhenAllElseFail Dec 02 '21

my life never changed

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u/ServalStrides Dec 02 '21

I'd probably still be in my toxic friend group that tried to gaslight me into playing dnd in person in a packed room of 8 people despite my constant objections and both of my parents being in multiple risk categories. Dnd can be fun, but if you think that I'm gonna risk my parents lives just to play it you can fuck right off.

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u/Zestyclose_Cut9869 Dec 03 '21

Too many ways to count but one thing I definitely miss is being able to go grocery shopping in the middle of the night at Wal Mart.

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u/Biillypilgrim Dec 03 '21

Jesus, why would you want to do that and what is preventing you from doing that now?

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u/Zestyclose_Cut9869 Dec 03 '21

I can't stand how busy it gets in there during the day. It's peaceful in the middle of the night with nobody in there. I can't do it now cause they never changed back to the original hours since the pandemic. They probably never will either.

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u/Biillypilgrim Dec 03 '21

Oh, I see...hopefully you are able to not shop at Walmart period at some point in your life soon.

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u/Zestyclose_Cut9869 Dec 03 '21

Why do you say that?

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u/Biillypilgrim Dec 03 '21

Because it's a terrible corporation that under pays its workers, forces them to work, terrible conditions, and has really bad Healthcare options. That's why the prices are so low...they don't spend money on their workers.

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u/Zestyclose_Cut9869 Dec 03 '21

Well, I'm poor. I don't have money to shop at Giant.

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u/The68Guns Dec 02 '21

The one main thing would have been the Bistro would have stayed open at the hotel I worked weekends at. I still stayed busy there with houseman stuff, but it really killed the whole gig dead. Even the GM and AGM quit, so there was no reason to even consider returning. The place looks like a tomb now.

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u/NotABurner2000 Dec 02 '21

Thats impossible to say. So many things might have changed. With such a global situation, it can more subtly effect decision making. I could be dead by now for all I know. I could be a billionaire. Who knows!

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u/EightyHM Dec 03 '21

Covid got me in great shape, I spent my quarantine and every day since then working out and taking care of my body.

However, I have so much anxiety that I have never experienced before. I give myself headaches and SOB because I worry so much over things I can't control. I never used to be this way.

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u/chickenLike Dec 03 '21

Same here. I've been working out more consistently than ever, but I'm too anxious to comfortably go to the grocery store. I used to like to find excuses to leave the house for a bit and do my own thing. Now it is really hard. Your post is making me wonder if my frequent headaches are anxiety-related.

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u/mr_coil_ Dec 02 '21

I would have my $26 an hour job back, over 15k in my account, no medical bills and non broken legs and knees.

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u/joycefanoneofmany Dec 03 '21

Could you elaborate?

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u/mr_coil_ Dec 03 '21

I probably should've oops. I was working construction making bank while reviewing the stim checks so I got a motorcycle, and after the job finished and I was laid off I was riding my motorcycle around and then I crashed it. If covid never would've happened I would've waited a long time to get that bike. 22m btw

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u/iamtoolazytosleep Dec 02 '21

I probably would be super maxed out mentally and physically from working 9-5 and not see my daughter as much.

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u/littlemegzz Dec 03 '21

Same. Rushing every morning to sit in traffic to sit in an office for 8+ hours, to rush to school pick up, to MAYBE fit in excercise, homework, dinner, clean up, get fam ready for bed. I didn't realize how on edge I was at the time.

Now the company wants everyone to come back to the office to log into a system we have at home. Smh. Honestly don't know if I can go back to that.

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u/iamtoolazytosleep Dec 03 '21

Yeah lucky for us here my company has adopted a hybrid working arrangement, do some at home do some at the office but totally upto you. I prefer a mix. I go in maybe twice a month just to see people.

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u/Sad_Pianist8934 Dec 02 '21

I honestly have no idea.

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u/Certain-Birthday4143 Dec 02 '21

I wouldn’t have bought 12 Bitcoin at 8k.

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u/Estes55 Dec 03 '21

The thing that's amazing to me is that you had the 100k to invest in it, to begin with.

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u/Certain-Birthday4143 Dec 03 '21

It was a big risk to put most of my liquidity in one basket. I’m also 35+ yrs and have had a well paying career since I finished college. Also I have no kids and get a free house from my job.

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u/gracist0 Dec 02 '21

Oh boy, where to start?

I wouldn't have gotten my teeth bonded

I wouldn't have cut my hair

My grandparents would have had funerals, and we would have seen them more before they died

My favorite show wouldn't have been canceled (GLOW)

I would still have the AMC 24 nearby

These are all sort of double sided though. I'm not sure if I'd be better or worse. Only the multiverse knows, I guess

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u/an_imperfect_lady Dec 02 '21

I probably wouldn't have retired last year. I was teaching English in Los Angeles, and I was at a pretty good school, with pretty good kids, and likable colleagues (horrible commute, though). But I was 55 and it could have gone either way. Zoom meetings and "long distance learning" just pissed me off. Then they told us we couldn't fail any kids no matter what they did and I was like "what??" Outta there.

But had it been a normal school year, I'd have gone another year, and maybe another after that. I miss teaching Romeo & Juliet. I liked it.

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u/SUSVIBES4EVER_ Dec 02 '21

I'd be bullied.... high school sucks

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u/dachshundaholic Dec 03 '21

It does, but high school is only 4 years. Do well, get an education, and make yourself proud of your accomplishments.

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u/SUSVIBES4EVER_ Dec 05 '21

Definitely will😁

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u/DiscussionLoose8390 Dec 03 '21

I ran into someone 10 years after HS that was just a general HS bully. When I paid to have my roof replaced. He was part of the crew. He had dropped out of high school, and trying to get advice from me on how to pass his GED. All I could think about were all the kids he treated like shit, and how karma always seems to find a way.

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u/Disastrous-Ad-2357 Dec 03 '21

Of course the moron couldn't pass something as simple as the GED lol.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '21

I have a handsome husband, a beautiful baby, and a great job. My high school bully has none of those things. I know it doesn't help to hear "it gets better" but maybe it helps to hear other people's stories who were where you are and came out on top.

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u/SUSVIBES4EVER_ Dec 05 '21

Thanks for the encouragement😊 I wish I could give u an award but... u know how it is

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u/intera11y_Screaming Dec 02 '21

I would've probably had to work a lot harder to get the job I have now. Would be commuting to work instead of working from home. Probably never would have caught my ex husband cheating on me and would still be with him. Aaaaand... I would have gone out to sing karaoke on my last birthday lol

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u/Countess_Creampuff Dec 02 '21

I’d still be an alcoholic bar manager working 50-60 hours a week, miserable and dreading every new day. I would still be 30 pounds heavier and I wouldn’t have learned a ton of new crafts or read all the books I did.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '21

I might not be married. My gf moved in with me when we had only been dating for about 4 months because I was worried that we'd all go into a massive lockdown and I wouldn't be able to see her for months.

She moved in March 2020 and we never looked back. We got married this summer.

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u/Prestigious_Hat_8129 Dec 02 '21

I wouldn’t be in massive debt for having to pay living expenses and jobless.

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u/pk1950 Dec 03 '21

hope you guys have it better soon

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u/Naahant Dec 03 '21

Same. Hard to climb out of this hole right now. Finally back to work but at a fraction of the hours I was getting before and at a lower pay rate so it's really an uphill battle.

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u/ModaGamer Dec 02 '21

I'd probably be in my final year in school instead of dropping out a second time because online classes didn't work for me. I'd also probably be less depressed because i wouldn't have lost contact with most of my IRL friends. I definitely had a lot of personal issues before Covid, but now they've all just gotten 10 times worse. Maybe things would have played out the same, maybe they wouldn't have, but its just been a really sucky time overall. And I didn't even loose a job or have someone i know die.

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u/Phil_Da_Thrill Dec 02 '21

The same thing happened to me man, we’ll get through it.

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u/Yeeteth_thy_baby Dec 02 '21

I'd still wonder what I did to get fired, since covid-19 wasn't around to blame the first time.

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u/SnooChickens1892 Dec 02 '21

It would actually probably be worse

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u/YEGMusic43 Dec 02 '21

I'd still be working despite being diagnosed with a permanent disability. Thanks to COVID, appointments to see specialists took longer. This gave me time to research my illnesses and chat with other people with similar cases. Wound up diagnosing myself based on my medical history.

I learned in this time that you have to be your own advocate. My doctor of 20 years ignored many complaints that I had about chronic pain and just fed me with antidepressants which really did a number on my mental health. Turns out, I have a legitimate disability that causes the pain. And a fracture that was never disclosed to me.

We also would have sold our family home faster. And I probably would have travelled.

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u/DragonflyCareful3057 Dec 02 '21

I’m convinced I would’ve been happy
. Covid screwed all my plans for the perfect senior year

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u/Peanutbutterwhisky Dec 02 '21

I probably would be together with my crush, a week before the first lockdown happend we both got a bit drunk while dancing made out for a bit and then she asked where we could on our first date. We texted and talked over the phone for a long time but then she dropped of social media only to re-emerge 3 months later as a weirdly changed version of herself.

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u/yeetgodmcnechass Dec 03 '21

My mental health would've been marginally better. 2019 wasnt kind to me and being stuck with extremely toxic family for over a year and a half has caused a lot of damage.

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u/BeeAlternative1483 Dec 03 '21

Wouldn’t have attempted taking my life

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u/systemofirony Dec 03 '21

I moved half way across the planet to start a new life and a new career. Talk about timing eh? The pandemic hit. I lost my apartment had to move in with a relative who turned out to be an abusive drunk. I was on the streets for a couple of days. Found another place. Couldn’t graduate in time. Missed my sisters wedding and haven’t met my family since 2019. I’m now working nights and holding on to two minimum wage jobs and battling the worst bout of depression and loneliness I’ve ever felt.

It’s not all bad. Some days are good. I’ve started writing and drawing and doing other small things to keep me happy. It sure was a kick in the gut though.

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u/stuckwitharmor Dec 03 '21

Gosh I hope it gets better for you! Such bad timing

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u/Cranky_Windlass Dec 02 '21

Literally no different. Never stopped working, still would have moved living situations. No one I know has died, I didn't get it, and I didn't have to buy the masks for work.

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u/Galactic_Orbiter Dec 03 '21

I would probably be teaching as a first year full time teacher. Instead I am a sahm to a 10 month old and an 8 year old. And I LOVE it!!!!

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u/mpssss22 Dec 02 '21

I’d like to think all my problems would be gone. Prolly not though.

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u/hiihateithere Dec 02 '21

I wouldnt have ended things with the guy I met in February 2020 which would lead to me never going back to the guy from spring 2019 who I'm still with so ig I'd be with another guy and wouldnt have my dog or my new apartment or anything

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u/Phil_Da_Thrill Dec 02 '21

I would have a apprenticeship in my universities machine shop

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u/PinkSprinkles11 Dec 02 '21

Would probably not be as paranoid about my future... With the new variant my country is slowly getting more and more restrictions and I can do almost nothing aside from staying at home. I'm scared this will go on for years and years so I won't be able to travel like I wanted to in my gap year which is just 6 months away. I really want to go travel before going to medical school and being stuck studying till I'm in my late 20's to start 30's :-(

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u/SecretiveEpic Dec 02 '21

would have finished my degree and would be searching for a job right about now.
but It all got cancelled, got into financial problems and had a hard time getting food last 2 years.
Though this year was not bad, I'm still somewhat happy and healthy.
Wished things could have turned for the better, but that's how life hits you.

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u/henrysebby Dec 02 '21

Lockdown actually allowed me to have tons of free time and collect unemployment which let me save a decent amount of money. Going back to work was depressing as hell. I was able to get a new office job earlier this year that pays better and I work 9 hours a day. I miss being shutdown and getting to do whatever I wanted all day.

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u/Turnbob73 Dec 02 '21

Idk, I’m kinda in a weird spot. In the middle of 2019, I had a very nasty break-up with my ex, and it didn’t end there. She stayed in my hometown and somehow drummed up some idea that i was a horrible person to her (to give you and idea of the type of girl im talking about here; she cheated on me and brushed it off when I found out by saying she was “chasing a high because I made her depressed”). It’s a smaller town so I kept getting harassed when I went out to the bars on weekends or whatever (I was 25). It was messing with me, really really badly. Covid hitting was a blessing as my town’s favorite pass time (going downtown to eat/drink) was indefinitely cancelled. The lockdown really messed up my ex’s grand plan to smear my name and everyone kind of just moved on from the topic. But at the same time, if COVID hadn’t happened, I probably wouldn’t be feeling so numb and apathetic as I have been this whole year.

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u/glorciu Dec 02 '21

id probably still be with my boyfriend

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u/A-Shy-Smile Dec 02 '21

I wouldn’t be dating and possibly never graduating college in December.

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u/Miseryneedscompany Dec 02 '21

I'd still be fat and anxious

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u/FragrantLetterhead Dec 02 '21

I had just starting a long distance relationship with someone I had been friends with for years before. She's American and I'm Canadian. We couldn't travel to see each other for over a year and a half. I got fed up with the wait and ended up applying and getting a job in her state, so I packed up everything and moved in with her.

So yeah, I moved to a different country because of COVID and I'm so glad that I did.

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u/Illystylez619 Dec 03 '21

I'd still be in a dead-end job in a crappy company with shitty managers, making much less. Last job, the manager used Covid to get rid of most of the great people they had. Now, their new people have no fkn clue what they're doing and their reputation is the the toilet. I get to hear about how horrible they are from other people in the industry all the time, it's great.

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u/hand-collector Dec 03 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome

I wouldn’t have met my best friend and boyfriend. COVID sucks in a lot of ways, but he’s one part that’s been unequivocally wonderful.

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u/LesDoucheinator Dec 03 '21

Probably would be in an IT headhunting company with my head up my ass about life and subpar Japanese.

Hustle porn life was not fun.

First in the office at 8:00, last one out at 10PM.

No time for anything, but hey, you gotta hustle.

Fast forward two years later

...nah, I like my braindead job that lets me have my weekends. Plus it pays more than that headhunting job did.

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u/DarkMilo01 Dec 03 '21

I would have never gotten the chance to discover that I'm autistic because I was at home and was able to de-mask. Now I'm able to cope and my mental health is much better. I've never been this good mentally since before I hit my teenage years.

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u/SadSystem2340 Dec 02 '21

I wouldn’t have sold my house, moved town, got a new job or be as happy as I am. Covid and lockdown changed my life, it put things in perspective and made me and my family make better decisions

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u/anonymouslywilde Dec 02 '21

I probably wouldn’t have gotten the help I needed.

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u/gaymalemillenial Dec 02 '21

Nice! Also used this time for much needed self improvement

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u/anonymouslywilde Dec 02 '21

I’m glad to hear it, my friend!

P.S. Your username should have been u/gaymalenial, lmfao.

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u/speakiez1 Dec 02 '21

I would still be fat, and ugly.

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u/Shadowtailz Dec 02 '21

I'd be lonely and friendless tbh....

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u/11B-1P-CIB Dec 02 '21

Shame to say but probably no different!

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u/BeesAreTasty6 Dec 02 '21

I would be a bit more depressed

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u/17ChallengerTA Dec 02 '21

Literally everything

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u/PurpleDreamer28 Dec 02 '21

I'd probably still be in my previous job, wishing every day I could find a way out of it. I have another job and it's not perfect, but at least I'm not miserable in my old one anymore.

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u/Savitribaii Dec 02 '21

I would be 10k poorer because I saved 8.4k by moving out at age 21 instead of 20, and was given 3k as a stimulus check.

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u/madipx Dec 03 '21

I would still be working as a nurse in the emergency room, not having to deal with PTSD. On the bright side, I would still probably be renting an apartment instead of owning a home with a backyard.

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u/JoshNIU22896 Dec 03 '21

For one I would probably be working in an office and I doubt I would ever learn how to properly give myself a breather

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u/guyinthechair1210 Dec 03 '21

chances are i'd be stuck in a dead end job. i'm unemployed, but i've spent a great deal of this time trying to get in shape and working towards having the job i actually want to have.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '21

There's a very good chance I'd be on a different career path, not sure if it would have been for the better or for the worse.

What I do have a really good idea of, though, is that I probably wouldn't have learned how to love myself again. And that there was a side of me that had been dormant for a very long time, that I didn't even realize was. Overall, just learning how to love again. And it all has to do with people I came across because of the chain of events, because of COVID.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '21

Life didn't really change in my state so yeah, life went on.

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u/Hanniballecter6 Dec 03 '21

I wouldn't owe 460 dollars for a "free" covid test

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u/AJP2222 Dec 03 '21

When COVID started I was in 8th grade in a horrible special needs/behavior correction school that abused kids. I'm so happy I got out of there because of the virus. Now I go to a regular high school, and my life is pretty good. If COVID hadn't happened, I might still be there. Actually I probably would have killed myself due to the stress from going to that school.

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u/SublightD Dec 03 '21

My direct life wouldn’t be much different. I’m highly educated and my skills are in demand. Although I am now 100% telework where I was only 20% before.

Indirectly, the Great Resignation has made me much more aware of where I shop, how I consume, and more appreciative of front line workers. I was already aware, but even more so now. So I guess without Covid, I’d probably be more of a consumer. Now I’m trying to be less of one, but when I do, try to find a decent company to buy from. It’s near impossible though.

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u/threebillion6 Dec 03 '21

Idk, my ex cheated on me and we broke up so I was in a slump, then she took all money, then COVID hit and I got the stimmy and fixed my debt. I'm still in a slump but at least I have some money. COVID made it hard to meet people and now I have no friends and I'm back living with my parents. I feel like I would've been on my own and doing better had covid not hit.

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u/mpeddicord Dec 03 '21

I wouldn't have learned Spanish or met my girlfriend online practicing Spanish. Or living now in Mexico City with her, for that matter.

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u/BurnedOutStars Dec 03 '21

I wouldn't have had the abundance of free time to pursue something real that I want to do, which is to make music. I started learning in around December last year and I now have 7 songs fully recorded with drums + guitar (some with bass as well when I have the time) and an 8th about to be finished up.

The pandemic sucks ass, BUT, the pause it gave everyone in the entire world afforded ME the chance to truly look at what I want to do instead of "go through the motions". I mean, granted I don't get paid for any of it yet, but holy shit at my progress. I can realistically envision making something of it in 1-2 years time or, joining something that's already made and going.

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u/indigo_designs Dec 03 '21

I wouldn’t be living out of my car while trying forever to find a job.

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u/TelephoneElegant Dec 03 '21

I would be a junior at college in Washington, and probably go on to live there permanently. Instead I'm living at my mom's house with my boyfriend and our 6 month old in Pennsylvania. Lots of good things have come out of it but the what-ifs are still hard sometimes.

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u/Nexecs Dec 03 '21

I WANT to say that I would have a really solid group of friends at my college and that I would be at one of those friend's houses right now.

In reality, I think this pandemic has helped alot of people become better and simultaneously made others become worse. For me, I think it helped me mature and become way more extroverted. Ironically, I still have very little friends at my college and I blame covid, but that excuse isn't working much anymore...

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u/TheSouthernComfort Dec 03 '21

Pre-COVID, I was teaching music and gigging full-time. After March 2020, I lost gigs and a ton of students when we switched to online.

Fast forward to now: I’m in sales. I work from home and still do music after work, albeit less. On the one hand, I might still be gigging and teaching full time, possibly even on tour again. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have more than doubled my income, which led to my wife and I getting our own place and a puppy (and savings.)

Oh, also, my wife and I won our wedding in a “COVID-affected couples” contest in 2020, so we would have probably paid for our wedding in full instead of building our savings.

Our lives definitely aren’t worse, just way different than I thought they’d be at the beginning of 2020 when we got engaged.

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u/DiligentAdvantage475 Dec 03 '21

My 12yo son and i really got to bond last year, and i will always be so glad for that. My husband and i are also closer, too.

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u/HildrynMain Dec 03 '21

I probably would never have been able to convince my company into letting me work from home, which is my paradigm now and massively improved my quality of life.

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u/fatmanwa Dec 03 '21

Be more in debt. As much as I hate the way the stimulus checks were handed out, they really helped me wipe out about 50% of my credit card debt.

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u/Shieldwolfei Dec 03 '21

I’d probably be depressed and severely under weight as Covid finally made me crack and go see a therapist which has helped me immensely.

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u/sircallsoutalot Dec 03 '21

I wouldn't have gotten this incredible job due to not becoming a Covid layoff at my last one. Also, I'm pretty sure a big reason they hired me was in preparation for the then forecasted possible labor shortage, which is all a covid domino effect. So, it worked out.

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u/drop0dead Dec 03 '21

Probably still have a job. Granted it was extremely toxic and I'm much better off without.

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u/BusyBullet Dec 03 '21

I would have gotten a new position with the company I worked which would have allowed me to work all four music festivals they put on this year.

I would not have started my second side hustle at an antiques mall and consequently gotten a part time job there.

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u/reddittedted Dec 03 '21

I wouldn't have such an addiction in plants

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u/Wickiwhatnow Dec 03 '21

I would still love my job, sleep like a baby, and wouldn’t have a full blown panic attack anytime something beeps outside work <- hospital nurse

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u/bgamanda Dec 03 '21

I would have gotten to say goodbye to my mom. The hospitals didn't allow visitors when she was admitted/passed away after a long fight with cancer.

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u/mvrk3 Dec 03 '21

There is a chance that my father would still be alive.

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u/PearlJamPony Dec 03 '21

My dad would still be alive

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u/Bi-ishTendencies Dec 03 '21

Just a few months before Covid happened (November 2019), I was working as an assistant manger at a restaurant. I was offered a promotion to general manager and my own restaurant. If I had known covid was going to happen I probably would have turned it down. I accepted the job but ultimately left a year and a half later. The franchise I worked for owns 125ish restaurants, so not a small franchisee. During covid they fired 2 CEOs due to trying to EXPAND during covid, and doing some shady shit with letting employees go and putting a freeze on yearly raises and bonuses for any employees with "boots on the ground." Not to mention almost anyone that was going out to eat at a restaurant during covid was a raging asshat (more so than usual). The managers in this company were paid on salary as opposed to hourly so when entry-level team members were being let go, we were forced to work 60-70 hours per week for the same amount we were getting paid for only 40 hours. If covid hadn't happened, I would probably still be there getting mistreated and abused by managers above the restaurant-level and would not be working my current, much better job. Covid was really the tipping point for me. Being a new GM in an industry that got shit on during a pandemic was not something I was prepared to deal with.

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u/duggym122 Dec 03 '21

In order of importance: We would have gone on more vacations, I would still be stuck at my old job and wouldn't have gotten a 30% bump in pay over what I used to earn, our rescue dog wouldn't have gotten the full time attention he needed from us to join the pack and thrive (he's our third and now is so in love with the other two and they love him), and I wouldn't be engaged to my best friend planning an awesome small wedding with the people most important to us.

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u/Trash_Redaction Dec 03 '21

I’m not entirely sure, I was planning a service oriented bike tour of the American South and southwest for the summer of 2020 and was hoping to reconnect with a few old friends along the way.

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u/moretrianglenow Dec 03 '21

I probably wouldn't be working for the medical system I do now because they hired me to schedule vaccines. I'm doing something different now but it allowed me to start working from home and work on other aspects of my life.

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u/Mbird20 Dec 03 '21

I would have been able to have the wedding I planned and gone on the honeymoon we booked. We still got married, just had 9 people in attendance instead of the 150+ that were going to come. So I guess I wouldn’t be so bitter that my dream of a wedding got canceled. (I’m super happy we decided to get married even though it wasn’t as planned.)

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u/Nouls Dec 03 '21

My grandfather would still be alive. He was like my best friend.

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u/SirCarroza Dec 02 '21

partly thanks to the covid I am in a high performance center studying and swimming (I am 16 :) )

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u/baronesslucy Dec 03 '21

I wouldn't be wearing a mask and wouldn't be getting a booster shot for COVID-19.

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u/bonniebull1987 Dec 02 '21

I wouldn't have watched family guy or Animaniacs

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u/VelvetNightFox Dec 02 '21

Would've gone to an amusement park

Would've gotten my pet CPR class

Other than that? Not much

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u/ArcanaMD Dec 02 '21

I would've been traveling to so many different places. Hanging with friends a ton more. etc.

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u/Karazl Dec 02 '21

Married and a home owner.

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u/Emny45 Dec 02 '21

I would have a job.

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u/lokimycat Dec 02 '21

The same, though I might have gotten an exposition of my artwork in a senior home or something in the meantime

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u/KingRoyIV Dec 02 '21

I got selected to present at the MOMA in NYC for a university project, I haven’t been and I was excited by that idea before the pandemic hit in full - besides that I can’t say anything huge would be different. It definitely reignited some social anxiety, but I know that that was present to begin with, the lack of interaction just helped shine a light on it. Still have NYC on my list to visit though, and maybe it will be more fun to do it without the restrictions of a university trip!

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u/theboxturtle57 Dec 02 '21

Well I graduated last May so I would've stayed up on campus for the last 2 months. I mightve been dating someone I was starting to get closer too so that could've happened. I probably would have a job closer to work since I drive am hour to a place that finally hired me. I also might have my own place and a different car.

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u/Ok-Rhubarb-1897 Dec 02 '21

I would be on third year of college,hanging out with my friends after class.And I would not have extreme fear of covid and ocd caused by it :(

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u/CylonsInAPolicebox Dec 02 '21

I would probably be working in the same career field as I had been for almost 16 years. I lost my previous job around the time lockdown started.

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u/balkan_boxing Dec 02 '21

I would probaby be 10 times happier and would have probably found a job in my field of study

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u/StuckInTheUpsideDown Dec 03 '21

I would still be getting up at 6 am every day for my commute.

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u/Affectionate_Pea_811 Dec 03 '21

I might have a little more money in my savings. That's about it really.

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u/thatonemanss Dec 03 '21

I honestly dont think much would be different for me. Maybe have more experience going out to bars and crap, but that'd be the limit.

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u/Far_Buffalo_748 Dec 03 '21

I would've been living in a different country trying to build my life how I really want it to be.

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u/geico_fire Dec 03 '21

Well I wouldn't be actively avoiding people as much as I am now. I could finally go to the gym and start losing weight.

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u/FR8GFR8G Dec 03 '21

I would have had to do chemistry instead of being allowed to skip it, which would have been a big old mess. For the rest, idonno.

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u/Mariska_vanDriel Dec 03 '21

I would not have become addicted to video games 😰

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u/ami2weird4u Dec 03 '21

I'd have a better social life and more money flowing in for my business...sigh. I have neither.

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u/liscbj Dec 03 '21

Son would be in the college he started and graduating in the Spring. His roommates wouldnt have attempted suicide and they'd all still be roommates. I would be taking a 25th anniversary trip in a month.

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u/Rich-Desk6079 Dec 03 '21

I could have told a lot more bus drivers to fuck off, and still rode it scott free.

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u/Goatgamer1016 Dec 03 '21

1) My grades would be iffy although I had excellent grades in March 2020 (in eighth grade).

2) I would have never truly looked into my own mental health. The lock down legitimately made my mental, emotional, and social health statuses more stable.

3) I still wouldn't have a girlfriend. Because I never had one, and right now, I'm happy single. (Side note, I haven't found anyone who finds me attractive, and I don't have the courage to be the one to ask out)

4) I wouldn't be as funny. I was funny, but I wasn't hilarious as I am now.

5) I'd still be wearing glasses 24/7, but current day I rarely have for the last 2 years. Not just because of mask fogging, but wearing glasses led to a series of annoying zits on the bridge of my nose. (I don't have vision problems, I wore glasses only because I'm farsighted)

6) I would've never experimented with my facial hair. I'd still be shaving every 4-14 days.

7) I would've been more of a dick. I usually got upset over stuff I didn't really have control over. I also had frequent problems with consent.

8) Most importantly, I would've never heard Island Boy. 🤮

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u/B00dle Dec 03 '21

I would not have been seperated from my kid for 2 years as the borders would be open. I am however lucky she is old enough to understand.. If she was a toddler or very young it would have probably been 400% worse.

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u/Apprehensive_Bit_176 Dec 03 '21

I would not be the proud father of my 7 month old daughter.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '21

Would have a job but at a better store than I was at.

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u/ozymandiasthegreat98 Dec 03 '21

I´d still be fat and would not have had two of my last relationships

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u/Ok-Ad-2605 Dec 03 '21

Probably wouldn’t have been promoted - with so many people moving around I was able to move up my company’s corporate ladder by just sticking with my company

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u/somersetfairy Dec 03 '21

The weird thing is, me and the hubby noticed our life didn't really change much during covid, we both hate going out and socialising we would rather stay in and watch movies or random stuff on YouTube so we actually kind of liked it, apart from the mask wearing thing it was pretty much the same, I don't know if that makes us sad or not lol 😄

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u/17_is_legal_always Dec 03 '21

I probably would now own a house and have better cholesterol readings.

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u/thehighwaywarrior Dec 03 '21

I’d have gone to Japan and would still probably be in shape.

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u/DeadAlt Dec 03 '21

i probably would be doing better at school