21 Things That Will Definitely Make You Bitter

After a certain number of years on the planet, life can start to wear you down. A recent online survey asked, “What has caused you to become bitter?” Below are the 21 most common answers.

People you’ve trained earning more than you

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“Being with my company for eight years and then finding out new people that I trained make more than me.”

“It’s unfortunately normal. You’re an idiot for staying at any company for more than a few years these days.”

Non-requited long-term friendships

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“Attempting to stay in contact with friends and then realizing they wouldn’t do the same for you once you stop.”

“My attempts were always in vain. This is something I’m still having to get over today. Feel it, man. People are idiots, and I feel like I’m not much better because of the resentment of the past I feel at times.”

Life not living up to expectations

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“I had these expectations about how life was supposed to go, how I was supposed to be. Life didn’t work out that way, and I know it was my own doing by having those expectations, but I’m still bitter about it.”

“Same boat. I think it’s because we were told we were special. That careers were your life. I’m not saying you can’t get a good job, but it shouldn’t define someone. I feel depressed about being normal, and I would really like to accept it. I mean, most people are normal.”

Working in healthcare

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“I worked in healthcare for a decade, seven years in the military, and three as a civilian. Every professional I ever met, from the doctor down to the nursing assistant, was burned out and sick of seeing patients. It was amazing that I stayed as long as I did.”

“As someone who works in a constantly crowded emergency room (ER), I feel this. All that ‘health care hero’ nonsense is null when patients, visitors, and higher-ups treat you like the dirt under their shoe.”

The realization that too many good people suffer

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“People always called me nice and sweet and conscientious. They also used to walk all over me. Now I suffer all kinds of illnesses and mental health issues because of the trauma. There is no justice in the world.”

“Three of my good friends died of cancer in the past year. Granted, we are in our mid-60s, but none of these ladies should now be dead. They were an asset and a positive influence, assisting their young relatives and working to better the world.”

The death of your partner

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“The death of my wife.”

“I’m with you. My husband died three years and four days ago at the age of 42. It’s not just that your favorite person and best friend in the world is gone. It’s that everything you thought would be your future is gone too.”

Realizing that hard work is not fairly rewarded

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“Someone else who is lazier and/or less competent can get something that you wanted/deserved, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

“Success in the workplace has little to do with personal ability, work ethic, or results. Success is measured by how well you play the game and who you know.”

Having to pay for therapy

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“Realizing my childhood trauma left me unable to form meaningful relationships, and now I have to invest a ton of money and time to maybe achieve some sort of progress and peace.”

Realizing your family isn’t great

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“I get so bitter when I see other people getting support, love, and care from their parents while I have to endure all of the hardships on my own. It gets so lonely sometimes. I hate to compare, but why does life have to be like this.”

“Sometimes I feel like screaming to people that it’s not my fault I can’t adult or human properly. I just essentially grew up like a feral child.”

Other people’s greed and lack of empathy

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“I’m a middle manager, and I axed six-to-seven people at the small business where I work during covid, and we cut to the bone and overloaded the remaining employees with extra work. I just looked it up, and the owners took $315k in Payment Protection Paycheck (PPP)  loans and bought luxury cars and boats with it while we laid off pregnant workers and single moms scraping by. I hate that I had a hand in it.”

“My parents’ neighbor used their PPP money for three months of payroll and rent before laying everyone off and then spent 250k of the 350k on a new addition to their house and a pool.”

The feeling that the world is only getting worse

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“The unshakable hopelessness that the world is only getting worse and worse.”

“I don’t think there has ever really been a golden time without turmoil. We just maybe know more about it now because of easy access to media from across the globe, we can watch worldwide suffering in real-time, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t always been there.”

Rental application fees

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“Housing is a nightmare, and landlords just take your application money and give the place to someone else. It feels like everybody is just out for themselves, and I can’t trust what anyone says. I’m tired.”

“Yeah. Typically what happens is they charge every applicant 30-50 bucks, pick the person who looks best on paper, and pocket several hundred bucks from everyone else. Often they already have an applicant they’ve chosen but keep taking applications to make some money before that person moves in.”

Gaining health problems through no fault of your own

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“I get pretty bitter when I think about how I’ve developed a second incurable disability from simply trying to exist with the incurable disability I was born with.”

“I feel this, I was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disease ten years ago, and I have just been collecting illnesses since then. I’m on so many meds just to deal with the side effects of the meds I take to treat the initial illness.”

People

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“The general public has gotten so much worse over the years. I really dislike having to interact.”

“Definitely. Very few people actually have genuine integrity, and it feels like integrity is losing its value.”

Being ignored over and over

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“Being ignored for most of my life.”

“I’ve always been really quiet, and many people talk over me. Not only that, but once I moved, all my ‘friends’  ignored me. I guess since I’m not around to buy the beer, I’m not worth talking to. They can’t even take a minute to reply to a ‘Hey, how are you doing ?’”

Growing up with unstable finances

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“I love my parents and everything they did. But the lack of resources really impacted who I grew up into. It took a toll on all my social relationships, family, friends, and partners. No matter how much I try, I can’t get the money-related anxiety out of my system.

“I grew up poor, with my parents constantly arguing about the amount of farm debt they had. It’s scarred me badly.”

Not having a retirement to look forward to

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“Knowing I’ll be working until the day I die. I won’t get to retire and enjoy some years not working.”

“They took away our one incentive. You can’t block out the light at the end of the tunnel and then expect people to keep digging.”

Years of being taken for granted

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“Years of people stomping my kindness, my loyalty, my trust, and my feelings. Years of people making everything that happens to me sound like it’s not a big deal. Year’s of people demanding my help but never being there for me.”

“I’ve been let down and dropped by people I went to great lengths to help. Some even stole from me and then had the audacity to speak ill of me behind my back. I feel you. It’s not just discouraging; it’s downright heartbreaking.”

Politics

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“I genuinely struggle to see the good in politicians. All I see is hatred, greed, idiocy, and psychopathic behavior. It drives me insane.”

“I feel like there are a single few that actually care, but they have little to know power and are ignored.”

Parents not trying to be decent parents

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“As a teacher – parents not parenting.”

“Too many kids are raised by kids acting like kids for way too long.”

The corruption and unfairness in the world

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“I went to law school to become a Crown Prosecutor one day… I got my wish, and it was a very eye-opening experience. Lasted a year, and I would never go back.”

“I miss the days when I trusted my government and believed that most people would do the right thing.”

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