We all have reasons for doing the things we do. A few years ago there was a book written called “Everything I Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. While I can honestly say that I did not learn these things in kindergarten, I did learn these things early and still find most of them to be beneficial today. Feel free to learn from these, or laugh at them. These are my “Life lessons” and to some extent they make up who I am.
Life lesson #1 Don’t lie!- I guess you could say that I learned this one because I did tell one huge lie and learned that I didn’t really like the eventual negative results. When I was about six years old, my parents brought my brothers and sisters and I to a Baseball game. I sat there and somehow promptly decided that I would rather be somewhere other than this horribly boring baseball game. So, I promptly made up a lie about having a headache. Eventually my dad brought me home and put me into bed. When the others came home, their evening went on without a hitch. They had fun while I went to be early. I never did tell anyone the truth. I don’t remember if I felt guilty about it or not, but after that I literally did not lie. No matter what happened I told the truth. Of course I grew up and did eventually tell a lie, but other than avoiding an issue or keeping my own “secrets”, I was 17 or 18 years old before I told a boldface lie (no, I don’t remember what it was).
Life Lesson #2 Learn from other’s mistakes– I was the middle child out of five kids. In addition to learning from my own mistakes, I learned to watch and learn from their mistakes as well. I don’t know exactly when I started doing this, but by the time I was 13 years old I had it down pat! I knew that if my other siblings got in trouble for something, I was not going to do anything like what they did.
Life Lesson #3 That I hate secrets– One evening my father told me that all of us were going to go to McDonald’s for supper and NOT to tell ANYONE! It was supposed to be our secret! Well, as any one of my brothers and sisters will tell you; not only did I not keep the secret, every one of my brothers and sisters knew where we were going before we even left the house about an hour later! Since then they all learned that if you don’t want anyone to know something, then you shouldn’t tell me. I hate to say it, but I am still like that today. I guess it is because I have always felt that keeping a secret is keeping the truth from others, and since I can’t stand lying I can’t stand keeping a secret. So, honestly, if you don’t want others to know something, please, don’t put me in a position of needing to lie to them or keep something from them. Though, of course some issues are different than others. I have learned that much.
Life Lesson #4 Ben Franklyn made a lot of sense– I still remember the first time I heard the saying “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”. I was sitting in my third grade classroom and after hearing it thought to myself, “that makes a lot of sense. I think I will live that way”. Since then I have done my best to life a life that includes getting up early and going to bed early. I am a morning person and have found that there are benefits to being up before Eight O’ Clock in the morning even on a day I don’t need to go to work or school. It makes it so much easier for me to get up early when I do have to.
Some of these things are things that I learned about life and some are how I reacted to my personal circumstances. These are a few things that make me who I am today. While I am not proud of all of them, they were things that helped me in some way.