Sometimes, despite being well-intentioned, people give advice that leaves you feeling annoyed. Here's a list of mine. 1) "Right now, you are experiencing the best years of your life". That just makes me worry about the future. It implies a massive drop in quality after these years end. Which doesn't help me sleep easy. I get it though, you want me to enjoy this time. But it just achieves the opposite, because I end up spending this time worrying about what is going to happen to me. 2) "You should remember that your childhood years are precious, cherish them". Oh man. I'd really rather not. Don't get me wrong, I have some good memories of this time in my life. However, I also have some traumatic experiences which still mess me up to this day. I've had to spend time trying to undo some of the psychological damage, but there are still a few intense phobias that lurk in my mind and get the best of me. Saying things such as "Your childhood years are the best time in your life!", sometimes it worries me. I understand why people say such things though. After all, I don't expect them to know about the things that happened. It can feel awkward when I get into a conversation and someone asks (often rhetorically) "Don't you just wish we could go back to being a carefree child?" Since I don't wanna ruin the mood by replying "Eh, I spent a great deal of my childhood depressed, so no...not really". Perhaps if I could only relive the good parts. 3) "Everything happens for a reason!" *Uncomfortable laughter* Mainly because I don't want to get into a disagreement about this. I tend to believe that a lot of our circumstances are fairly random yet at the same time dictated by probability. However, I understand that some people believe in a more linear progression guided by fate. It can come across as dismissive when I tell a person about something hard to talk about, and their only response is "Yeah it's bad but it happened for a reason". Well, personally I think that I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. There's an implication that it's a good thing that it happened, because it made me stronger or whatever. But I don't know, it makes me uncomfortable. I'm not really sure how I'm supposed to respond to this statement.