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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ah Yes, I Remember It Well

When you were young did you ever learn from another persons mistakes?  Did you ever say to yourself, "Self, I see the mess that person has got themselves into and I'm not going to follow that path."?  Nope?   Nope!   Me neither.
Now that I'm older I definitely learn from others experiences.  In fact, I go out of my way to learn about their trials and mishaps.  I also find myself saying things that sound vaguely familiar;  things like, "I wish you would listen to me.  I'm just trying to save you a lot of heartache and trouble."
Yeah.....well.....

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  1. Of course I didn't learn from others as a young thing. I knew everything already. And now I learn from everyone...

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    1. And our parents shook their heads and, hopefully, remembered that they were just the same.

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  2. Giving advice to my family from things that I have learned in my life is like filling up a bucket with a hole in it. We all have to make our own mistakes and learn from them.

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    1. It's a painful way to get through life but we all seem to do it.

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  3. The story of the ages, isn't it. First you know everything, and years and years later, you do.

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    1. My Dad used to say, "When you are young it's amazing how stupid your parents are. When you get around 25 you find it equally amazing how smart they've gotten in such a short time."

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  4. A case of too soon old, too late smart...Mark Twain...I think.

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  5. I learned from a young age to be financially independent from a man...but that's a good thing!

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    1. Yup....that' a good one to have under your belt.

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  6. I actually did learn some things when I was younger, but most of what I know was ... yup ... from experience. And, nope, the next generation doesn't want to hear about it :)

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    1. Well, we figured it out eventually and so will they.

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  7. I vividly remember one incident that left a lasting impression and I determined I would never take that path. It was about 1-2 years after mum left home and our "housekeeper" was an alcoholic. I arrived home from school one day to find her passed out on the kitchen floor in a pool of vomit. I promised myself that would never happen to me. To this day, I don't drink alcohol.

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    1. That WAS a lesson well leaned...without the usual pain and despair associated with lesson learning.

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  8. "I wish you would listen to me.  I'm just trying to save you a lot of heartache and trouble."

    "When you are young it's amazing how stupid your parents are. When you get around 25 you find it equally amazing how smart they've gotten in such a short time."

    Oh yes, can relate to these words and similar.

    'You can't put an old head on young shoulders was a quote often used in our family.'

    All the best Jan

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  9. Yeah, I learned quite a bit from some of the bad examples set by others around me when I was a kid, and our kids even listen to my "words of wisdom" every now and then... after actually ASKING my opinion... but for the most part, we westerners don't respect the wisdom of the older generation nearly as much as in the eastern cultures. There, age and wisdom are venerated. Here, the old are mostly just... old.

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