Week 46 – Learning from Experience

“Experience is the teacher of all things” (Julius Caesar). Since I was a child, I’ve been listening to different people saying the same things. Things like: “you need to study hard in order to find a good job in the future”. “You need to have your degree or your certification from a good college or university, otherwise you will not be successful”. “Be wise and don’t get pregnant before finishing your studies!” I remember when I was 13 years old, my teacher used to say that by the age 25 I would be a graduate and probably ready to start a family. People around us will always share their thoughts and experiences about something related to our lives.

As life is perfect with its unpredictable touch, not everything we learn as a child will be put into practice when we reach adult life. Everything I heard from other people, when I was young, was absorbed and well-kept in my mind. However, my experience was and is unique, because I chose my own ways. Even though my ways were often wrong, I am here today with all the experience that life has provided me.  Observing people’s lives and learning from their experiences is fundamental. Reading good books and learning about great people from history is, without doubt, a lesson to discern. But nothing can compare with your own experience in life. You are unique; therefore there is no other person like you: how amazing this is! Of course, along the way you will meet people with similar experiences to you, but your experience is still exclusive, having been built by you! It is always good to look back and see how many things we’ve been through in life. All these things are part of the construction of our experiences, some good, some not so good. The beauty of life is to make the most from the opportunities that God gives us every day, and knowing how to make the most of them will bring great experiences to our life. “Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways” (Proverbs 20:30)

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