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Today, I learned just how much a pretty smile can hide incredible pain. I learned that when you look at someone you never know exactly what’s going on in their life or what they’re going through. I learned this after one of my top employees – a woman with the most intelligent, positive personality imaginable… who always smiles and helps others smile too – took her own life. No one seems to know why. MMT

#18013 (0) - May 5, 2014 by A - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (451) - No, that made me sleepy. (30)

Today, the flower delivery company called to notify me that the white roses (my mom’s favorite) for my mom would be delayed and not be delivered to her at the hospital until tomorrow morning. But after a 3-year battle with cancer, she passed away an hour ago. MMT

#18011 (0) - May 3, 2014 by goodmourning - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (296) - No, that made me sleepy. (18)

Today, it's been exactly 30 years since my best friend died after having medical complications from donating one of his kidneys to me. MMT

#18006 (1) - Apr 27, 2014 by mj - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (585) - No, that made me sleepy. (29)

Today was your funeral. Although we never got along, I went for your brother. But as I stared at your closed casket to hide the self inflicted gunshot wound, all those petty arguments we had over the years flashed before my eyes, leaving me feeling like I am partially to blame. MMT

#18004 (0) - Apr 25, 2014 by RCDM - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (246) - No, that made me sleepy. (33)

Today, my husband, who’s a pediatric surgeon, came home at midnight, crashed into my arms and began crying. Through his tears, he said, “Zero for two today… Yep, both heart transplants failed.” MMT

#18003 (1) - Apr 24, 2014 by Diaz - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (588) - No, that made me sleepy. (32)

Today, for the first time in over a year, I spent the whole day with my brother, Shawn, who has been in and out of rehab for drug abuse and depression for the better part of the past five years. He seemed like a changed man today - laughing and sharing honest, heartfelt stories about his recovery and outlook on the future. It was truly the happiest I can remember him ever being. Shawn died in a car accident this evening on his drive home from my house. MMT

#18002 (1) - Apr 23, 2014 by alli - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (564) - No, that made me sleepy. (30)

Today, I had an overwhelming realization that brought me to tears… You could have fought for me in the slightest, Mom, and I would have forgiven you in a heartbeat. But now you've not been here for over half my life and I think it might be too late. The finality breaks my heart all over again, wondering how anyone could abandon their children for another partner. MMT

#18001 (3) - Apr 22, 2014 by AndSoItIs - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (246) - No, that made me sleepy. (44)

Today, at his wife's funeral, the only words my friend could get out were, "Yesterday, the seat belts weren't enough..." before he started crying uncontrollably, unable to finish giving her eulogy. MMT

#17998 (0) - Apr 19, 2014 by CC - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (283) - No, that made me sleepy. (30)

Today, my wife's water broke at 3am with our first child, and at 3pm, after major complications, I am left with no daughter and a wife in a coma. MMT

#17996 (2) - Apr 17, 2014 by Mees - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (552) - No, that made me sleepy. (34)

Today, a month and a half later, my mom still carries her phone everywhere she goes, and hopes my dad will call. He was one of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. MMT

#17995 (1) - Apr 16, 2014 by Ja - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (631) - No, that made me sleepy. (19)

Today, I met someone who is making $35,000 a month selling pot. I make less than that in a year at my salaried job as a high school math teacher. MMT

#17993 (3) - Apr 14, 2014 by notwithabang - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (367) - No, that made me sleepy. (45)

Today, about an hour before she left this world, my mom kissed me and told me she loved me for the first time since I told her I was gay, 16 years ago. MMT

#17992 (0) - Apr 13, 2014 by Anonymous - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (377) - No, that made me sleepy. (37)

Today, the seat belt and the five airbags in our five-star-crash-rated SUV weren’t enough to save my wife’s life. MMT

#17986 (1) - Apr 7, 2014 by JayAustin - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (358) - No, that made me sleepy. (23)

Today, after my step-dad's retirement party last night, on his 65th birthday, he dropped dead of a heart attack on his very first day of retirement. MMT

#17982 (0) - Apr 3, 2014 by missyevans - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (373) - No, that made me sleepy. (28)

Today, as I laid in bed curled up in the fetal position, I realized that losing a mother I never spoke to, but always dreamed of reconciling things with, really was going to be that hard. MMT

#17978 (0) - Mar 30, 2014 by cara - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (228) - No, that made me sleepy. (26)

Today, I nearly vomited when I realized the man who molested me when I was younger had joined the message board for survivors of sexual abuse that I am a member of. MMT

#17977 (3) - Mar 29, 2014 by June - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (381) - No, that made me sleepy. (39)

Today, after telling me to "be myself" for 23 years, in an instant I found out my parents didn't really mean it when I came out to them and they both began crying unhappy tears and walked out of the room. MMT

#17975 (3) - Mar 27, 2014 by morninggrl - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (304) - No, that made me sleepy. (43)

Today, the last thing she said to me is, "You have to check out this neat site called Makes Me Think..." just as a drunk driver ran a red light and smashed into my passenger-side door where she was sitting. Now I'm here in the ER, watching a machine breathe for her, and hoping she gets to finish telling me her story. MMT

#17971 (3) - Mar 23, 2014 by Les - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (499) - No, that made me sleepy. (58)

Today, the six months the doctors gave my dad was cut short by five whole months without warning. The fact that we didn't even get him a quarter of the way through his 6-Month bucket list MMT.

#17968 (1) - Mar 20, 2014 by Ze - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (235) - No, that made me sleepy. (22)

Today, two days after the crash, I woke up from a coma with a concussion, six broken bones and no family. MMT

#17967 (2) - Mar 19, 2014 by Gone - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (545) - No, that made me sleepy. (31)

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