This world can be a tough place, and one wrong decision can derail everything, sending our lives into a tailspin. Some choices only speed up that tailspin, and it's mind-boggling how quickly people can so quickly, and so thoroughly, upend their entire existence. Recently, users have been sharing on Reddit stories about ruined lives and how they got to that point.
Obviously, there is no single guaranteed path to f*cking up one's life. A constellation of events must come together to make such annihilation possible, though there is often one overriding factor that initiates all the others into action – sort of like a nightmare domino effect.
Tales abound of the fastest way people have ruined their lives, and for some, it almost feels like a photo-finish to the lowest rock-bottom. Whether it's drugs, love, freak accidents, or tragic mishaps, it seems there is a poison for everyone. Discover more than a dozen stories about people messing up their lives… and be grateful you are not them.
"I have a friend who is bipolar. November of last year he was earning 40k+, taking care of his son, and doing well. He felt so good in fact, that he went off his meds. By January he was living in the streets, jobless, his ex-wife had a restraining order against him, and pretty much all his worldly possessions were stolen when he 'hid' his shopping cart behind a dumpster. Current whereabouts are unknown."
"A (former) teacher friend ruined her marriage, her career, and social life by sleeping with a student...a student that she and her husband had legally adopted together a few years before."
"Former VP of Finance at my current company (a major airline that paid him close to 7 figures annually) brought his laptop computer down to be fixed. Apparently, he was seeing malware pop ups and it was slowing his computer down quite a bit.
Since he was the VP of our company, answering only to the CEO, my IT department had to give him special 'drop everything and fix it' treatment. I got the honor of fixing the laptop.
When backing up his files, I discovered a hidden folder. Curiosity got the better of me, and I found about 20GB of pornographic videos and pictures. Some of which featured children.
VP was taken out of the building in handcuffs, and ended up committing suicide shortly after."
"A friend I met during Freshman year of college came in with thousands of dollars saved from refereeing for youth sports, which I guess pays pretty well. He spent all of that money in about a month--he did ecstasy nearly every day and had a 2-week coke binge on top of that...Despite my and others' efforts to get him to get his sh*t together, he was kicked out of the school with a .28 GPA by the end of his first year. From there he was kicked out of family homes for stealing money and prescription meds and ended up living out of a yellow convertible someone sold him for $300. From all this was born some sort of eating disorder, I met up with him and bought him some food…He was so f*cked that his skin was basically purple with a yellowish sheen. It was f*cking awful."