Some Things School Doesn’t Teach You

I was feeling very pensive. One of the recurring thoughts I’ve been having, especially in light of what’s been in the news, and some stuff I’ve been seeing and watching, is how ill-equipped we are for life.

We go from being pampered and catered for to being chucked in the deep end and being told to build our own boats. Hence, the term was coined “adulting”. I’ve been making this complaint for a while.

I left my secondary school with 12 and a half GCSEs. I left my secondary school not knowing how one votes, not knowing what APR and interest is all about, not knowing about taxes, not knowing how to fix a tire, not knowing how bills are done, not knowing about building my credit but ask me about Pythagoras’ Theorem, and I could help you out.

So, I decided that this post is going to be about life lessons I’ve learnt. As, recently, it seems like everything is a learning curve. And sharing is caring.

  • Do good deeds and don’t expect anything in return.
  • Live your life to the fullest and celebrate yourself.
  • Looking after yourself, mentally and physically is your top priority.
  • Not everyone has the same ideas about life.
  • Finding true friends is a journey.
  • Transferring your number from one network provider to another may not be a smooth transition.
  • Everyone just wants your money. Everyone.
  • It’s not going to get any easier.
  • Google will become your best friend, if it isn’t already.
  • People will leave you in your time of need.
  • Document as much as you can. Keep a journal or take photos or take videos. Or do all three.
  • Life doesn’t care about your age.
  • You’ve never really won until you’ve lost.
  • Don’t be afraid to cry out for help when you need it.
  • Moving house is one of the most stressful things in life.
  • Hard work will always pay off. Laziness leads to nothing.
  • Money management and savings.
  • Enjoy your own solitude.
  • Learn to forgive.
  • Believe in yourself.

photo credit: me

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