Life Lessons School Didn't Teach Me

Yeah, I quoted Will Smith.

 I'm still working on these myself but, overall, I think they're generally good lessons to keep in mind.  Number 10 is something I have to tell myself on a weekly basis, actually.

1. You are actually pretty awesome.  Not because someone else says you are and not because you wear cool clothes, or have a cool haircut, or drive a bada$$ car, or have your dream job.  You are awesome simply because you are you.  Might as well accept it.

2. Any guy who uses the phrase "bros before hos" seriously is a douche bag.  Don't waste your time.

3. Trust yourself.  It's cliched, I know, but it's true.  There will always be that little voice in your head doubting you but don't let it distract from what you truly want.  The only thing standing in your way is you.

4. There will inevitably be a struggle.  You can't avoid it and, honestly, why would you want to?  The struggle makes you stronger, more focused, more determined.  Embrace it as an opportunity and it won't seem nearly as bad.

5. We are still a work in progress, constantly changing and growing and *hopefully* improving so don't beat yourself up too much when you slip.  It'll be okay.

6. Don't make excuses for being who you are.  We all have our own weird little quirks and that weirdness is what makes us who we are.  Unique and interesting and awesome (see #1).  Don't apologize for that.

7.  "I don't know" does not mean "I'm incompetent / stupid / naive / incapable."  It just means you don't know.  So go find out.

8. When in doubt, chocolate.  Enough said.

9. Don't give in to the crazy.  It'll be tempting, I know.  All that drama can make you feel like you're living in your very own show on Bravo, but we all know how those end - wine in the face and a half a weave missing.

10. Good-fitting clothes can hide a multitude of sins.  In other words, the actual size doesn't matter, what matters is how they fit your body so get over the actual numbers and work what you got!

11. Let it be.  You can't control how others behave but you can control how you react to their behavior and unless it's something major, chances are it's not worth your energy.  So just take The Beatles advice and let it be.

What life lessons have you learned outside of school?




  1. aw i love these. #1, #6 and #11 are especially awesome!

  2. What a great post! Wise, succinct, and funny. My favorite was #9 -- especially this part:

    "All that drama can make you feel like you're living in your very own show on Bravo, but we all know how those end - wine in the face and a half a weave missing."

    Haha, this also explains why I *love* reality TV so much... I get it now. I hate drama (and have very little of it) in real life but enjoy it on my TV screen... :)


  3. FANTASTIC POST!!! All so very true!!

    Best, Mree

  4. I agree wholeheartedly with all of these! I especially love #1, 3, 6, and 10. The most important lessons in life you learn simply by living!

  5. Love these! Copied, pasted, printed...good daily reminders to keep nearby! XO Brynn

  6. Wonderful advice. Especially #6 and #8, and the Beatles were oh so right. Let It Be.

  7. Chocolate is the answer to so many things! :)


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