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Today, a 16 year old girl holds hands with her one year old son. People call her names, but they don’t know she was raped at 15. People call another girl fat, but they don’t know she has a serious thyroid disease causing her to be overweight. People call a young man with scars on his face ugly, but they don’t know he had a serious injury to the face fighting for his country in the war. I know these things because the two girls are my little sisters and the young man is my older brother. MMT

#15723 (8) - Oct 29, 2011 by girlx - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1332) - No, that made me sleepy. (1048)

Today, one of my friends passed away unexpectedly in his sleep from what doctors are calling a massive brain aneurism. Yesterday morning our English professor challenged us to write a one page paper about what we would do if we knew we only had a few hours to live. My late friend and I both, independently, wrote about skydiving and living the last few hours adventurously. When we realized we wrote about the same thing we decided to spontaneously book an afternoon skydiving jump. And we jumped in tandem together last night at 6PM. At least I know he spent his last few hours the way he wanted to. MMT

#15707 (6) - Oct 21, 2011 by Cullen - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (2215) - No, that made me sleepy. (36)

Today, I sometimes still wake up next to my husband in the morning expecting to see my ex-husband who passed away in a car accident 5 years ago. MMT

#15681 (7) - Oct 20, 2011 by ginaT - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1008) - No, that made me sleepy. (62)

Today, I spent the entire afternoon at the hospital hoping my girlfriend would pull through from the injuries she sustained in a car accident. She didn’t. We had only been dating for two months, but I felt like she was different than the rest – like there was a special connection. I got home this evening to find a note she had left for me on the kitchen counter (I left before her this morning). The entire note simply reads, “PS: I love you.” – three words I had been hoping to hear from her sometime soon. MMT

#15680 (2) - Oct 19, 2011 by Timm - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1361) - No, that made me sleepy. (35)

Today, after an 11 month tour of duty in the Army, my husband has been home from Afghanistan for 9 days. During a heavy rain storm this morning at 4AM, following a loud crack of thunder, my husband jumped out of bed, half asleep, and onto the floor and screamed, “Get down! Get down!” MMT

#15677 (9) - Oct 18, 2011 by Jen - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (2128) - No, that made me sleepy. (62)

Today, one of my teachers ended her own life early. It came as a huge surprise to the entire student body. She was a usual student favorite and she always left post-it notes with sincere, positive remarks on student’s assignments, even if the quality of the student’s work wasn’t perfect. I wish we all had returned the favor. She will be missed dearly. MMT

#15670 (1) - Oct 15, 2011 by Turtle - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1202) - No, that made me sleepy. (21)

Today, three full years after his passing, my son’s Facebook wall still receives at least a few comments every day from friends telling him how much they miss him. I wish he had known how much people cared before he decided to jump. MMT

#15643 (1) - Oct 14, 2011 by MMT - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1642) - No, that made me sleepy. (42)

Today, I woke up from surgery to find out that the surgeons had to remove both of my ovaries due to infected cysts. I never really thought about having children until now – the moment I no longer have a choice. MMT

#15642 (5) - Oct 14, 2011 by ohhhh - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1142) - No, that made me sleepy. (39)

Today, I realized that a month ago, on the night my best friend died in an accident while driving to a pub downtown, the text I meant to send her inviting her to a small party at my house in the suburbs never sent properly. MMT

#15637 (2) - Oct 11, 2011 by pittiful - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1055) - No, that made me sleepy. (55)

Today, if I hadn’t been sleeping with my phone on silent, and had answered one of her three missed calls, I wonder if she still would have pulled the trigger. MMT

#15574 (2) - Oct 3, 2011 by stumbling - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (2139) - No, that made me sleepy. (45)

Today, after he died, despite my accusations that he cared about his work more than he did about me, I found out that his work computer’s password was my first name and his desktop background was a rolling slideshow of 100 photos of the two of us. MMT

#15572 (1) - Oct 2, 2011 by moreen - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1490) - No, that made me sleepy. (35)

Today, one of my patients, a recovering burn victim, caught sight of her own face in the mirror and screamed, “Noooo!” MMT

#15570 (7) - Oct 1, 2011 by Dc - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1054) - No, that made me sleepy. (348)

Today, when my commanding officers handed me a medal for saving two soldier’s lives in Afghanistan, all I could think about was how I wasn't able to save the other three. MMT

#15567 (4) - Sep 29, 2011 by rob - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1764) - No, that made me sleepy. (39)

Today, it’s been six years since she passed, and her parents moved shortly thereafter, but it’s still a habit to stare at her house every morning and evening on my way to and from work. MMT

#15561 (1) - Sep 26, 2011 by JBrooke - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (837) - No, that made me sleepy. (90)

Today, during his eulogy, with a half smile and tears streaming down my cheeks, in front of his widowed wife, I told his mom how much I have loved him since we were kids. Due to a lack of self-confidence, it's something I never told him in 27 years. His mom hugged me tight, and just as she let go, his widow burst into tears and hugged me too. MMT

#15556 (0) - Sep 24, 2011 by Dee - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (994) - No, that made me sleepy. (46)

Today, a month after I started my chemotherapy I still have all my hair, but I've dropped 15+ pounds in weight. And several random acquaintances who don't know my situation have complimented me in the last week. They've all said something like, "You lost a few pounds. Good for you!" MMT

#15536 (2) - Sep 14, 2011 by Addy - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1396) - No, that made me sleepy. (48)

Today, my cousin and I met for lunch for the first time in almost a year. He sat across from me with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen across his face and updated me on all the things going on in his life. He said all of his hard work was paying dividends and his small business was thriving. He also mentioned that he was thinking of proposing to “the most amazing woman he had ever met.” “I don’t know how else to say it,” he said sometime toward the end of our lunch, “I’m happy. I’m finally feeling comfortable in my own skin.” My cousin lost his life in a car accident on the way home from work this evening. MMT

#15471 (1) - Sep 7, 2011 by waaay - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (2419) - No, that made me sleepy. (44)

Today, for the first time since my mom died five years ago, my wife used my mom’s banana bread recipe to bake me some banana bread (one of my favorites) for my birthday. And as the smell hit my nostrils from the other end of the house, I found myself sitting at my desk reminiscing and crying. MMT

#15455 (0) - Sep 6, 2011 by Nik - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1177) - No, that made me sleepy. (50)

Today, I had a blind date planned with one of my dad's younger colleagues, Jake. My dad really likes Jake and has been trying to set me up with him for over a year. Tonight, as I was sitting alone at the dinner table wondering why he was running late to our date, my dad called me and told me he just got a call that Jake was in a bad car accident 30 minutes ago on his way to this end of town. Now I'm sitting beside his bed at the hospital typing this on my iPhone as he rests in a coma. My dad and other visitors are already gone, and I don't really know why I'm still sitting here, but I can't seem to bring myself to leave. MMT

#15446 (4) - Sep 4, 2011 by loneheart - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1991) - No, that made me sleepy. (76)

Today, in my dad’s final moments, with the last bit of strength in his body and a smile across his face, he held tightly to our hands and told my mom and me, “I wish we had held hands like this more often. But I’m happy we are now.” MMT

#15400 (0) - Aug 30, 2011 by DJ - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1281) - No, that made me sleepy. (33)

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