Thursday, May 23, 2013

What the World Taught Me

Day 23, Thursday: Things you've learned that school won't teach you
I love school, so I'm not knocking it, but there are just some things you have to learn for yourself. You have to experience it to know it. I'm picking the top three life lessons that come to my head first.

Family Matters Most.
I know not everyone has a happy family situation, so for them their friends are their family. No matter who you call your family, they matter most. They will be there for you when you need it.

Traveling is Important
One of the classrooms I taught 7th grade in
I know not everyone likes to travel, but I really think everyone should travel to a third world country. Traveling just gives you a different view on the world, and I think more people need to have that kind of viewpoint, to know actually how the other half lives. Yesterday I was talking with some women about The Rent Collector, and they were asking me, "Do people really live like that in Cambodia?" And while I do think he got some aspects wrong about Cambodian culture, yes, people do really live on the dump and scavenge it everyday in order to make enough money to buy rice for dinner. More people need to have their eyes opened to the world.
Being Angry Isn't Worth It

I care about people a lot. I really invest myself into the people I care about, so it can be easy to get angry when they do something not nice, or thoughtless, or whatever manner of things that might make you angry. But being angry doesn't make them feel or act how you want them to feel and act. A lot of times it kind of just makes you look like an idiot.


Torrie said...

I feel you on #2 especially--I'd always liked the idea of "travelling" when I was younger, but that idea mostly just included going to the fancy-shmantz first-world countries. Since serving a missing in El Salvador, I really think that EVERYONE should have to go and really see/experience true poverty firsthand.

You can never be the same after that.

Susannah said...

What great lessons! I agree with every one of them. :-)

Ashley said...

Yes to number 2. I take a lot of fancy trips, but I will never forget my first time in Tijuana, driving by tin shacks that people made into a home.

lost in travels said...

this post is awesome! i completely and whole heartily agree with number two. i went and spent a week in the jungles of Argentina and even though it was a short time, i learned more in that time about life and happiness than i did anywhere else.

Ashley said...

SO true on all of them, Sam. Especially about family. I feel like when you're younger, you just don't understand this as much as you should.

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