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What is a life-changing realization you wish you had sooner? (2017 ed.)

This question is my favorite AskMefi post of all time and I find myself revisiting it every year or so. As I've since graduated college and entered the adult world some of these realizations have become much clearer. It's been years since that post and there are a lot of new official Mefites here, myself included. So, wise people of the green, what are some life-changing realizations you've had as you've aged? [more inside]
posted by hexaflexagon to Human Relations at 1:35 PM on Dec 22, 2017 - 145 answers [197 favorites]

Easy delicious meals for depressed, fatigued spinster

I'm looking for recipes that are remarkably delicious and sophisticated given the low effort required to make them. No-knead bread would fit into this category, and so would this red cabbage salad. [more inside]
posted by bunderful to Food & Drink at 5:44 AM on Dec 21, 2017 - 35 answers [146 favorites]

Paths from my couch to EVERYWHERE

I loved Couch to 5K, the program designed to take a person from being a sedentary non-runner to being a 5K-runner. I'd like to find other programs which take you from zero to being a solid beginner. These could be in sports (Couch to Yoga/Weights/Swimming) or other fields (Couch to Cooking/Being Well Read/Meditating/Political Activism/Gardening/Woodwork/Birdwatching/Having a Clean House/Whatever), and they could be free or paid. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger to Education at 11:58 PM on Jan 2, 2018 - 10 answers [119 favorites]

Chapman Reflexes Releasing Piriformis Pain. What is this Magic?

Having accidentally stumbled across Chapman Reflexes and completely dissolving my decades-long piriformis pain in 15 minutes, I have SO MANY QUESTIONS but basically, what is this magic? What else don't I know? [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes to Health at 2:45 AM on Jan 2, 2018 - 14 answers [112 favorites]

Breakfast: Healthy, savory, and super, super easy

Give me breakfast ideas! I've been grabbing breakfast bars, but they're not that healthy and I don't really like them because they're all sweet. I want something healthy and savory. And -- this is the most important part -- it has to be DEAD ASS EASY. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Food & Drink at 12:33 PM on Jan 3, 2018 - 103 answers [96 favorites]

Your favorite daily stretches

I've always had very stiff hamstrings, but I've discovered that doing a couple of sets of ten toe touches every day goes a long way towards improving their flexibility. What quick stretches help YOU stay limber? [more inside]
posted by telepanda to Health at 7:37 AM on Jan 11, 2018 - 15 answers [79 favorites]

Modern sewing pattern designers

I'm looking for sewing patterns. But not the Simplicity or McCall's patterns my mom used...modern ones. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:29 AM on Dec 27, 2017 - 15 answers [74 favorites]

Can you recommend a novel that's both gripping and meaningful?

Gripping because the internet has done a number on my attention span. Meaningful because I have Trump Related Affective Disorder and need hearty/substantial new thoughts in my brain. I like: detectives and people who are on mad quests, books where people care about things and each other, oddness/surrealness, good stylists, rollicking epics, relative ease of comprehension, really good YA. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger to Media & Arts at 12:49 AM on Dec 19, 2017 - 30 answers [69 favorites]

Podcasts that are lighthearted but interesting

I’m looking for podcasts to listen to while relaxing that are not too deep or intense, but still engaging. [more inside]
posted by roaring beast to Media & Arts at 9:18 AM on Dec 22, 2017 - 38 answers [68 favorites]

Restricting food budget

I am a single person who has been too cavalier in my food spending the past months. What are some ways to cut down without feeling like a broke college student? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis to Work & Money at 3:41 PM on Jan 2, 2018 - 43 answers [65 favorites]

Vegan or vegetarian equivalent of bo ssam?

For years, Momofoku's bo ssam has been my go to for omnivore dinner parties, because it's super easy, fairly cheap, and given the effort and cost of ingredients, shockingly, absurdly, it-should-not-be-this delicious. Are there any special occasion vegetarian or vegan main dish recipes with a similar payoff?
posted by joyceanmachine to Food & Drink at 8:52 AM on Dec 28, 2017 - 9 answers [63 favorites]

What other home “kits” can I assemble?

What all-in-one home “kits” could I assemble? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve to Home & Garden at 10:41 AM on Dec 30, 2017 - 37 answers [62 favorites]

What is a life changing realization that you wish you'd had sooner?

I have a birthday coming up soon (28 - which for some reason feels like a milestone to me) and have been spending some time thinking about some of the small epiphanies I've had in the last few years that have made my life infinitely better. Such as - it's ok to let go of friends who no longer bring anything positive into your life; you are not responsible for your mothers happiness; and it's OK if the person you are seriously dating and thinking about settling down with is very different from the person that you thought you'd be with. In fact, it might be a very good thing. All of this thinking has made me realize that 1) if I had known this a few years earlier I might have avoided some serious heartache and anxiety attacks and 2) that there are probably plenty more epiphanies that I haven't had yet. So, I'm asking you all wise and all knowing MeFiers - what is a life changing realization you wish you'd had sooner?
posted by Bokonon11 to Human Relations at 4:17 PM on Aug 12, 2013 - 107 answers [408 favorites (60 in the past 30 days)]

Give Me Your Green Soups!

I don't like the sugar in smoothies, but I still want to drink my greens. Give me your favorite soups with lots of leafy greens. Bonus points for lower carb. Double bonus points if I can drink it instead of needing a spoon (purees, cream of x, etc).
posted by leotrotsky to Food & Drink at 10:14 AM on Jan 8, 2018 - 21 answers [55 favorites]

How do I learn, well, everything?

When I was a kid, I thought that if I knew everything, I could do anything. So I read the encyclopedia. The whole thing. When I was 6. It's all lost to the sands of time, now, and I want it back. How do I learn everything? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess to Education at 12:01 PM on Jan 4, 2018 - 19 answers [53 favorites]

Seeking book suggestions for Read Harder 2018 challenge.

Bookriot has an annual "Read Harder" challenge, suggesting 24 categories of books to read. I need good recommendations for 10 of them. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 to Media & Arts at 12:59 PM on Dec 27, 2017 - 29 answers [50 favorites]

How can I make better use of my limited free time?

How can I be more productive with my limited free time when I'm an introvert who always needs serious down-time before going to bed? [more inside]
posted by greta simone to Grab Bag at 2:24 PM on Jan 4, 2018 - 27 answers [48 favorites]

books by researchers summarizing their work for the popular press?

I really liked Thinking, Fast and Slow and The Dictator's Handbook. I think I might in general enjoy reading books where academics summarize their own work for the popular press. What should I read next?
posted by d. z. wang to Writing & Language at 9:02 PM on Jan 7, 2018 - 7 answers [46 favorites]

Things that ground us, things that lift us

What are the external props, prompts, and practices that remind you to be mindful and return to center when life’s little details overshadow your intention? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama to Religion & Philosophy at 6:40 AM on Dec 27, 2017 - 19 answers [45 favorites]

give me your best casserole recipes!

It's freezing cold in NYC and I yearn to make some kind of rich, hearty casserole. Do you have some recipes you like? [more inside]
posted by cakelite to Food & Drink at 9:11 AM on Dec 28, 2017 - 18 answers [44 favorites]

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