School of life

My mother once told me that we don’t go to school to learn how to be a parent. Although that’s no excuse and is a cop-out, I believe the same is true of life.

Generally, we don’t go to school to learn how to deal with life. Even the most amazing childhood doesn’t give us a guarantee. Life has a knack of throwing things at us when we least expect it. When we’ve never had to cope or deal with childhood issues, it makes it even more difficult for us to learn how to deal with issues as the adult.

‘Life can be a school of hard knocks.’ The education one gets from life is often used as a contrast to a formal education. People will use the school of hard knocks analogy to identify and justify their life so they can explain the cards life has dealt them, without the formal education. It’s okay that we use the analogy, but we must also choose to do something about it.

Instead, we justify our thoughts by convincing ourselves that our life was never going to be any different, but as we continue to justify our thoughts, we will never change anything. We use the analogy in response to others, when they ask about our formal education.

We use it to justify our failings, whilst on a conscious level we continue to ignore things.


21 Aug, 2012

4 thoughts on “School of life

  1. Yeah I think we learn as we go. It’s not easy but sometimes (the rare times) it is easy.

    We learn from everybody but ultimately the decision is up to us. Lisa xx

    1. Many of us will learn as we go. Others will know instinctively how to deal with things.

      It’s doing what you feel is right, but how we deal with things is ultimately up to us. I think you’re right.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

*