If there’s a universal human experience that unites all of humanity, it’s that we’ve all had to deal with rejection at some point or another. It’s impossible to live your life without shooting your shot when the time comes, whatever your shot may be.
But unfortunately, not everyone can be successful 100% of the time. From contests to job opportunities, to romantic endeavors, all of us have been subject to discovering that not everyone thinks we’re as great as we think we are. Rejection, unfortunately, is a necessary part of life.
On Saturday, Twitter user @Eden_Eats asked her followers to share the stories of their “harshest rejection”.
Quickly, @Eden_Eats’s tweet about being epically friend-zoned got almost 4,000 retweets and almost 65,000 likes. All sorts of people responded to her post with stories one-upping each other on the various humiliating ways they’d been rejected. As people continued to share all the ways they’ve been let down, the tweet quickly started trending.
As usual, Twitter users jumped at the chance of publicly roasting themselves.
But, in all honesty, there’s something cathartic in sharing your emotional scars with the public. Misery loves company, right?
What was possibly most surprising about these tweets is all of the creative ways people came up with to tell others they’re not interested. Why couldn’t a simple “no, thanks” suffice?
The stories Twitter users shared ranged from the bad…
Ouch. It’s one thing to be rejected once. It’s an entirely different story to be rejected 14 times.
To the ugly…
The upside to many of these stories is that the posters obviously dodged a bullet by getting out of these relationships. Even if this woman’s fiance didn’t buy a house without telling her, he was obviously not very skilled in the communication department in the first place.
To the downright horrifying.
Unfortunately, the rejections that are the most painful and linger for the longest time are the ones that happen during your childhood. When you’re young, you’re already impressionable. When you add a giant dose of rejection to the mix during your formative years, the experience can stick with you.
Naturally, Latinos of Twitter hopped on the bandwagon to share their harshest stories of rejection.
Sometimes, sharing your painful memories makes you feel less alone. Reading stories about how everyone goes through the same crappy experiences and how so many of them overcame their previous pain is a beacon of light to many people. When you’re rejected, it can be easy to feel like you’re the most unwanted person in the world. The popularity of this topic on Twitter proved that this couldn’t be less true.
This Latino felt rejected after his online love interest ghosted him for being honest about his mental health journey.
Being vulnerable and honest upfront is the best way to weed out the people in your life who don’t belong there.
This Latina was left confused after she acted on what ended up being mixed signals
Haven’t we all been in that situation where we were sure someone liked us and we ended up getting it all wrong? This girl is not alone.
This Latina shared the saga of her boyfriend who left her for another woman with “bigger boobs”
We wish we could feel bad for all of these people, but some of them so obviously dodged a bullet that we’re happy for them.
This Latina’s boyfriend moved her out of his place while she was SLEEPING.
The craziest thing about some of these stories is that the person doing the rejection is often too cowardly to tell the other person to their face.
This girl’s crush rejected her without even having to look at her.
Leave it to a middle school boy to do something like this. This boy joins the long list of men who have chosen a video game over a girl.
Of course, some people have had their harshest rejection experiences from their career paths:
Dedicating your life to creative work is a surefire way to experience more rejection than the average person. But the beauty of rejection is, there’s always something better for you waiting on the other side. Nothing and no one should be in your life if it doesn’t want to be there.