What is it that you invested thousands of hours and now is pointless?

What is it that you invested thousands of hours and now is pointless?

Day by day life is getting so unpredictable. Have you ever thought that your college degree will be useless for the rest of your life? Recently a Redditor asked, “What is it that you invested thousands of hours and now is pointless?”. Boldly, many stepped forward with their tales on the AskReddit platform. Ever practiced an instrument only for it to collect dust? Let’s see what others had to say.

“I took 2 years of French instead of Spanish in high school. I live in Texas.”

Ah, the age-old dilemma of choosing the wrong language class. Imagine mastering “Bonjour” and “Comment ça va?” only to hear “Hola” and “¿Cómo estás?” daily.

“I got a B.S. in biochemistry, then drove a forklift for 14 years. Now I’m an electrician.”

Well, chemistry does have electrons, right? It’s always surprising where life’s paths can lead.

“Sorting and organizing my mp3 collection”

Who remembers spending nights categorizing songs, only for Spotify and Apple Music to pop up? Thanks, tech revolution!

“I know all the tricks to make a website look as good in Internet Explorer 6 as in Chrome, Safari or Opera.”

Kudos to you! While many struggled, you mastered the IE6 beast. Too bad the beast is now extinct.


We all have our vices, and for some, it’s that never-ending scroll. But hey, here’s to hoping those upvotes keep us warm at night!

“I have a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy from one of the world’s best universities. I now work as a software engineer.”

From stargazing to code debugging, the universe sure works in mysterious ways!

“Asian parent piano lessons.”

Hours spent on “Für Elise” and yet the only keys most touch now are ‘Ctrl’, ‘Alt’, and ‘Delete’.

“Being a decent, hard-working employee for a large multinational corporation”

Loyalty’s great, but sometimes, it seems corporations missed the memo. Here’s to the unsung heroes!

“It took me 8 years to get my Chemical Engineering degree. I never worked a single day as a Chemical Engineer. I’m a Data Analyst now.”

Chemical equations to data equations – at least some type of equation is being solved!

“My marriage.”

Ouch. Here’s a toast to new beginnings and lessons learned.


Life is unpredictable. What once seemed paramount might later turn out to be pointless. As gleaned from Redditors’ responses, there are countless avenues where time gets invested but might not necessarily align with where life eventually leads. It’s all a part of the grand tapestry of experiences. Got a similar story? Drop your comments below. Let’s chat!