Be Careful What You Wish For: 20 Things That Are Hard to Get and Easy to Lose

There are things in this world that seem so elusive, so difficult to obtain, but once you finally have them, it feels like they slip through your fingers like grains of sand.

One Redditor asked, “What is very hard to get and very easy to lose?” This thread has thousands of comments, but we have selected the most relatable ones for you!

1. Routine

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Routines are one tough nut to crack and even easier to shatter into a million pieces!

A discerning Reddit user commented, “A consistent, healthy routine. Takes me a month to start being consistent in eating healthy, working out, and just taking care of myself, but God, does it take just one day to fall off the bandwagon.”

Someone else added, “This one is so relatable. It’s always the disappointment that lingers and the guilt that keeps you from starting up again, funny enough.”

2. Reputation

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One said, ““It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” — Warren Buffett. Today I’d say it’s more like 50 seconds, and about 45 of those are typing.”

Another added, “I would say positive reputation. Pretty easy to get a bad rep and difficult to get rid of it.”

One wrong move, one slip-up, and poof! Your precious reputation goes down the drain faster than a slice of pizza at a party.

3. Trust

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A Reddit user wrote, “Yes, once trust is broken, it’s extremely difficult to completely repair”

Someone else replied, ““Trust arrives on foot, but leaves on horseback.” -Old Dutch proverb.”

Another person pitched in to say, “TRUST. You do everything to gain the trust of a person, but once you lose it, you never get it back, and even if you do, it’s never the same.”

Now, we are not saying you should distrust everyone and build walls around your heart. No, that’s no way to live because trust is a vital part of human connections and relationships!

4. Money

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One Redditor stated, “”To turn $100 into $110 is work. To turn 100 million into $110 million is inevitable.” – Edgar Bronfman”

Someone on Reddit said, “It’s true, there’s feedback loops at both ends of the poor-rich spectrum.

Someone else couldn’t agree but say, “If you’re rich, then you can make a very good return even on safe investments; your wealth starts attracting more wealth.

But if you’re poor, then everything you can’t afford to spend money on becomes a bigger bill later on, or you’re forced to get onto payment plans that are designed to suck every penny from your wallet. That routine dentist’s appointment you can’t afford when you’ve got mild toothache becomes an expensive surgery later on when your tooth rots, that kind of thing.”

One impulse buy here, a shopping spree there, and boom! Your hard-earned cash disappears faster than a magician’s rabbit.

5. TV Remote

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Someone commented, “With kids…We spent like 3 weeks without a remote, and I had to use my phone to control the TV. Where did we find it? In the back of my kid’s closet.”

Another Redditor couldn’t agree more and said, “I’ve bought two extra remotes, and somehow I’ve lost all three. No clue where they are, so I had to order another and currently use my phone as a remote.”

One said, “Everyone’s gonna say money, a partner, a job. But the real answer: a tv remote. Try buying a replacement, I dare you, it’s almost impossible and if you can find them they aren’t cheap. Plus, those little fkers flee from your grasp as though you are the antichrist.”

Like, seriously, where does that remote disappear to? You spend hours frantically searching for it, lifting cushions, peeking under furniture, and even questioning your family members. But nope, it’s gone, vanished into thin air.

6. Being Fit

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Fitness is a lifelong journey, not a quick fix. So, if you slip up and lose that hard-earned fitness, don’t beat yourself up. We’re all human, and we all stumble along the way.

Someone wrote, “A muscular and fit body.”

Another person added, “If you stop exercising completely, it takes no time to lose almost all of your gains in a very short period of time. Particularly when compared to how long it takes to develop an impressive physique.”

7. The Lottery

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One user shared, “Lottery winnings, apparently.”

Another person stated, “As someone who swears to be responsible with his winnings, why can’t it be me who gets it already! I’m so sick of seeing millions of dollars falling into the laps of idiots who just squander an opportunity others would kill for and use to better their lives until the end, not just for the next eight years.”

Have you ever won the lottery? If you did, what did you spend all your money on?

8. Sobriety

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Imagine this: Your buddies invite you to a wild night out when the stress at work becomes unbearable. All you can think about is how easy it would be to give your life away to these addictions, but we know that you are stronger than that!

A Reddit user wrote, “I’ve been down a long road. I’m typing this not sober, but not drunk. Was looking for this answer. Longest I’ve made it is 9 months until this past April. Court ordered for Public into that could have been a DUI (had a DUI in 2017, crashed my car on the interstate.)

Only drink 2 or 3 times a week now but know I need to go back to not drinking. Turned in my 2-week notice at my 8 year restaurant job, and on my last day of my notice after getting taken over by corporate 3 months prior they just asked me to fire everybody instead and shut down shop. That messed with me a lot.

Been living on savings from selling my condo, but that’ll run out in 3ish more months. Actually took a giant step forward and filled out like 30 applications for anything and everything that has to do with an office. I know it’ll only take like a week to study and take compTIA A+ exam if I were to do it because I know most of it.”

Someone else replied, “New high score every day, baby! And for those out there that think it’s been long enough and you could probably do it responsibly now, just don’t! There was a brave post on r/StopDrinking this year where they tried exactly that, and it was worse than before. We just gotta accept that we are eternally going to live with that “what if?” It’s way better than the alternative.”

9. Love

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One Redditor stated, “At one stage, it was easiER to get, but since my last relationship, I haven’t been able to get a loving relationship for a long time. I AM open to it. I’m not willing to be closed to love as an option for me. And right now, I’m mostly housebound can’t go out to social events in person, so it got a WHOLE lot harder to find. But that should hopefully be temporary.

I ain’t young. (I’m too young to be dealing with these physical issues, but it can happen) I ain’t a stereotypically pretty gal. But I have a lot to offer in terms of my SOH, my kindness & so on.

Maybe I DO need to try to believe love is easy for me to get & to keep, even if that hasn’t been the case for a really long time. And no, this is NOT a hint people 😂”

Losing love is like getting sucker-punched by Cupid itself. One wrong move, a miscommunication, or just growing apart can shatter that love bubble faster than you can say “happily ever after.”

10. Lightsabers

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Someone on Reddit said, “Bought a 110$ “battle ready” lightsaber at a comic-con once, then proceeded to lose it because I got drunk and walked around challenging anyone else with a lightsaber to duels. I Don’t know exactly how I lost it, just blacked out and woke up without my lightsaber. So yes, I vibe with this.”

Another person pitched in to say, “Are they hard to get? Luke and Rey just have one handed to them (the same one) by someone they just met. Luke just hands his over to some imperial when he turns himself in, who hands it over to Vader. Han just takes Luke’s on Hoth. Din Djarin beats of Moff Gideon for the dark saber, but hands it over to Bo-Katan. It feels like if you just hang around a Jedi long enough you just get a lightsaber.”

A lightsaber is more than just a cool weapon. It’s a symbol of the Force, courage, and the Jedi way. So, if you lose your lightsaber, don’t lose hope because it happens to everyone!

11. Respect

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Respect isn’t about seeking validation from others. It’s about being true to yourself, treating others with dignity, and having the confidence to stand up for what you believe in.

Someone commented, “Respect, can’t believe no one said it.”

Another Redditor agreed to say, “RESPECT. Once you do something to make people lose it for you, it lives with you forever. Even after a lot of efforts when you get it back, that particular deed still lives with you forever.”

Someone else couldn’t agree but say, “idk. some people with high accomplishments instantly have my respect, and unless they show true incompetence, I don’t really lose respect. Provided my bar for true admiration is pretty high.”

12. Self-esteem

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One said, “This has been my struggle since childhood. Shame has been with me for a very long time. Finally actively choosing to be kinder to myself. My thoughts have been very positive lately. I can easily slip back into my default and focus on all the negative aspects of myself, including my body, my skin, and just general confidence.

My thoughts can easily ruin my mood, and I can make myself feel bad for the rest of the day. I’m naturally a caring person, and in almost everyone I meet, I can see their value. Their spark, their energy, it’s all so intriguing and captivating to me. I love listening to people’s lives and stories. And lately, I’ve been actively refocusing the love I have for others to myself.

I started catching myself and saying, “Wow, that was so kind of you,” or “See, people do like you,” or “See, you can be an interesting person”. It has made a tremendous impact so far. I’m currently 25, with not many achievements under my belt.

My negative mindset has paralyzed me from doing new things. Laziness is definitely a factor, and I accepted that it’s something I want to work on. Living mindlessly and without intention to explore my interests has kept me in this loop. I’ve had to cope and accept the fact I haven’t done many things I’ve wanted done by now. But as of right now, I’m hopeful and thinking more clearly.

Thankful for my dear friends I love so much, and I know as a fact that life is beautiful and I’m meant to live it. It doesn’t have to be as interesting to others; as long as I am able to connect with myself, that’s what matters. And that’s what I realized today.”

Another Redditor couldn’t agree more and said, “I have relatively low self-esteem. But what I’ve found recently is that if you’re very good at something, this lack of self-esteem becomes less and less of a problem. Because you have a sense of self-worth.”

So, if you find yourself in a self-esteem slump, don’t sweat it. We all have those moments.

13. Time

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Time is a limited resource, and it’s up to us to make the most of it. So, don’t let it slip through your fingers like sand in an hourglass!

One user shared, “Free time as a parent. You think you got the kids to take a nap, and you can finally have some time to relax, and then boom, you hear pitter patter on the floor, and the kids are up again to torment you lol”

Another person stated, “Should be top comment.”

14. House

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Someone said, “In this time and age: a house? It can take years before you get one, but one house fire can make you lose it overnight.”

Another added, “It’s not. Most people don’t know that by the time a foreclosure is happening; it’s been close to a year of nonpayment and not talking to the bank. It doesn’t happen overnight.”

Another commented, “-my own damn flat.”

Homeownership may be hard to get and easy to lose, but remember that home is where the heart is

15. Entropy

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Entropy is a natural force, like a wild river flowing downstream. It’s a part of life, bringing unpredictability and even a bit of excitement!

One Reddit user wrote, “I’ve got entropy following me around, filling my life and rooms of the house all the time. LOW entropy is the one that’s difficult to obtain and oh so easy to lose.”

Someone else agreed and said, “Only form of “energy” we have in 3d if you’re not lying.”

16. Mental Peace

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Mental peace is all about finding your inner calm amidst the storm. It’s like finding a hidden oasis in the middle of a desert. So, if you find yourself losing mental peace, take a deep breath. Sometimes that’s all it takes!

Someone said, “My peace of mind.”

A Redditor wrote, “Your MIND. A thought attached itself to an animating force. This force is the inhibitor, it brings throughout the nerves of the brain pulsating sensation. As a shoreline is to the ocean, the nerve is to the inhibitor. It is a great mass that carries throughout the space of the mind _ the mindscape _ a persona. This is the subconscious or the aura. This inhibitor is not one persona but many. Like a box with many locks, it requires of the world’s many hosts, these are brains.

Only, the brain can unlock one keyhole and only recognizes itself, and as its nature is that of a mirror, a reflection, as it would be an audience or a person. The inhibitor is like an atmosphere, always splitting itself into different hosts. Be that (words themselves), humans, animals. This is reproduction of the inhibitor. As the personas multiply, the thoughts define themselves as separate entities depending on the aura of the mindscape.

There are virtuous auras, sinful auras, and auras with Buddha nature (nirvana). a living creature’s karma is influenced by what aura they inhabit,  and like magnets, they repel and attach themselves to different auras depending on what previous auras they have accumulated over time.

All living beings start at zero karma when they are born but can quickly accrue karma from a relationship with God, guardian angels, and their parents. Choice is a measuring tool but is not an entity. We are placed in the world by God, we get an individual self through God, and we navigate the world through recycling auras of which are creations of God that ultimately contain his nature.”

17. Friendship

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When it comes to making friends, we put ourselves out there to meet new people and hope to find that magical connection. It’s like dating but without the awkward romance stuff. We try to find that person who laughs at our weird jokes and accepts us for who we are. One of the best feelings in the world, right?

Someone said, “Friends. I don’t think I’ve really made a friend in the last 20 yrs, but have lost almost all.”

Another person shared similar thoughts and mentioned, “Friends. Getting extremely close to somebody that isn’t a SO or a family member is rather difficult, and with one-off day or snide remark, an entire friendship can end with catastrophic remarks. Years of building trust with it all being burnt down with one small action can be absolutely devastating.”

18. License and Degree

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One user said, “A medical degree.”

Someone else added, “UK gun license.”

Someone said, “Any sort of licensing within the healthcare field higher than CNA… hard to get, takes a lot of time, takes a lot of effort, and some don’t even finish because of how difficult it is. One wrong move intentionally, and you could lose it all. A wrong move unintentionally, and you could even end up with murder charges.”

But here’s the thing: a license or a degree doesn’t define your worth. It’s about the knowledge, the skills, and the passion you bring to the table.

19. Job

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A discerning Reddit user commented, “I think it’s a job. For a job, you need to really work hard and be competitive. But if you are not consistent, you will get fired.”

Another user added, “-an all-around awesome job (good salary with benefits, work-life balance, friendly co-workers, decent and professional management).”

Just a thought: Sometimes, losing a job is just the universe’s way of pushing you toward something even better.

20. A Partner

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Someone on Reddit said, “Here, the wife. As most of them are b****es”

Another wrote, “a gf is not hard. a quality one is” and “I think a good understanding gf.”

Someone else agreed, “An honest, supportive, good partner.”

Remember that the right person will come along, and maybe you need some time to work on yourself because nobody is perfect, right?

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