One of the reasons why the transition to adulthood is so difficult is because none of the things you need for survive in your adult life are taught in school.
Cooking, cleaning, driving, sewing, finances, relationships, or even how to fold a fitted sheet:
…you don’t learn any of these from the classes you take when you’re in school.
Let’s not kid ourselves — the classes that we take in school ARE important: math, science, language, history, geography, gym and so on… they all place an impact on the tools we’ll have available to us in the years to come. But will SOHCAHTOA put food on the table? Will being able to accurately recite Shakespeare from memory wash your clothes? In a direct sense, it’s a definite no.
This isn’t the first time that I’ve reminded people about this; and I’m pretty sure that it won’t be the last. Our lives are the sum of our experiences, and that doesn’t limit itself to the awesome parties we go to or places we’ve travelled to — it’s also very applicable to the things we learn. Just because you’ve graduated/dropped out/never gone to school does NOT mean that your learning is life is done — you’ll get a lot MORE out of life if you KEEP learning!
Which is why I finally signed up for that sewing class I mentioned at the beginning of the year. And plan to take lessons in photography with like-minded friends to improve my skills. These are all examples of trying to improve what I can offer to the world around me, and ways in which I can do better at things I’m interested in.
What’s something that you wish you were better at, if only someone would teach you?
Think about it and go do something about it — it’ll pay off in ways you probably can’t even imagine yet 🙂
–Casey E. Palmer