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What has surprised you about your life? Explore stories told by people across America about what they never expected. 

I never expected my parents getting a divorce. I never expected two rooms, two this and that. This has impacted my life so much, yet it doesn't feel real. There is so many pros and cons to this situation that it's so insane to me. I...
I never expected to lose both of my last living grandparents within three weeks of one another during a pandemic. My Great-Grandmother lived to be 100; she passed due to natural causes August 7, 2020. My Grandmother (my Great-Grandmother's daughter) passed away nineteen days later on...
I never expected to lose my extended family in the way I did. Growing up, they were the people I spent the most time with. After being the victim of their mental abuse for several years, my mom finally stepped in and stopped it. We no...
I never expected to still be grieving the death of my friends. Two of my friends died in the same 6 months when I was 12. The first one, I cried a lot and let myself grieve. The grief for him only comes back occasionally. But...
I never expected my life to be like this, struggling with social anxiety, afraid to leave the house, afraid of ridicule that my mind tells me is going to be there, afraid of the stares that aren't there but somehow are still judging me, afraid that...
I never expected to ever be able to live a 'normal' life. I was sexually abused for several years as a child. That's why I struggled letting people touch me - even if it was my mum who just wanted to give me a hug. When...
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I never expected ... to work hard all my life, to go to college, to vote, to pay taxes, to obey the law......... and still be on the verge of homelessness, living in poverty, being chronically bedridden from illness, and not even have enough money to...