The one thing that changed your life forever...


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 23, 2010
Los Angeles
Well for me, going to Japan (furthest away I had ever been away from home) truly opened my eyes to the world, and it was probably one of the most unexpected things that happened to me. I only started Japanese in high school to see what it was like, but now I'm still studying it in college.

So you guys, what one thing (can be expected or unexpected) changed your life forever?


macrumors regular
The absolute one thing that changed my life forever was the death of my Mother in 2010. From the day she died I stopped speaking to her entire side of the family. As well as the entire side of my Father's family. Basically I no longer speak with ANY "blood realitive". They are ALL DEAD to me!


macrumors 65816
Apr 24, 2011
By far the biggest thing was reading "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis in 2003.
Just interested... How did that effect you?

As for me, I may be too young to really have a good response. And the things I can think of I don't really feel like mentioning here. Atleast not now


macrumors G3
Feb 26, 2011
New England, USA
Reading Jean-Paul Sartre during middle adolescence. I suddenly found someone who was putting into words vague ideas and feelings that I was unable to articulate - which had led to feelings of deep depression.

This led me to immerse myself in extensive reading of existential philosophy and literature which was life changing for me.
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macrumors 603
Oct 19, 2005
The birth of my first child

the second thing was the birth of my second child

then third was birth of my third child

done with changes..


macrumors G4
Aug 24, 2003
It's a tossup between three things, apologies for the flagrant ignoring of the title.

-My mother dying when I was 10.
-Realising at 18 that I could be myself in body and mind, and that this was both practical and good for me.
-Finishing that journey to finally feel completely comfortable with myself

The first emotionally killed me in ways I'm still only now realising, it forced me to grow up a whole lot faster than other kid. I still find it incredibly difficult to engage with anyone grieving, saying "I'm sorry for your loss" feels so woefully inadequate, a mere platitude. It reminds me how powerless you are in that situation, to know that no matter what you do that person is never coming back.

The second was a compete awakening, a transformation from just bumbling through life with no real desires goals or aspirations to suddenly feeling like I could enjoy life, that it was worth trying. It marked the beginning of nearly 5 turbulent years. A lot of insane crap happened over that period but most importantly the one thing that was a constant was my girlfriend Lisa.

The surgery I had last year, it's more than just surgery, it was a colossal release. It's changed me in so many subtle ways I can't even begin to describe them. It really eats you up to not feel comfortable in your own skin.

I'm at the point now where I feel like I can do whatever the hell I like, and for now that's enjoy every moment of my life with Lisa and doing my best at university, I've a fair few ideas of things I'd like to do once I graduate too!

It's just nice to have other goals really.


macrumors newbie
Dec 18, 2011
Lol I remember getting my first motorbike lol, life changing, but the one thing that really made me


Moderator emeritus
Dec 10, 2008
While this may sound a bit hilarious, I have to say MacRumors. Without MR, I most likely wouldn't have gotten the interest toward computers and technology. Without the interest, I wouldn't have my current job as an editor.


macrumors 68020
Feb 18, 2003
Not trusting loved ones with a very big problem that turned out to be mostly in my head, then lying to myself about how I was dealing with it. I made my nightmare into a reality.


macrumors 603
Dec 31, 2002
Green and pleasant land
When I was 7, we moved from the UK to East Africa and I went to school there for three years.

No TV (none in the whole country), and I didn't know anyone there (at least not at first) so I had nothing to do. I hit the library and read book after book - many hundreds over the time I was there. Novels, classics, science, history, everything (and not kids books). I actually exhausted the school library.

It got me into the habit of reading, gave me a massive boost ahead of my peers when I returned back home and pretty much set me up for life.


macrumors 68000
Aug 26, 2009
Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
I'd say my biology course. It made me take a very different point of view on life in general and on my own. It started an early (I was 18) quarter-life crisis. But I went trough it and I am stronger than I was.

Who knew talking about telomeres would have such an impact?


Jan 18, 2005
I was 15 and finished school. Didn't know what to with my life, what job to get, whether or not I should go to college. My other friends were two weeks into their college courses. Then I decided to meet a tutor and got enrolled in one day. Next day I met the girl of my dreams.

Now I've got a career and I'm still with her, 9 years later. I do wonder what would have happened if I never enrolled and just farted about doing nothing for god knows how long.