The growing stages of life never stop. From birth to death, you are always learning something more deep, meaningful, and enlightening for your advancement and the growth of those around you. We like to think we’re reached a point where no further wisdom will help us grow, but such a paradise doesn’t exist on this world.
Treating each day like a new chance to gain another useful pearl of wisdom on life is really the key to getting the most out of even the bleakest days. Look for those opportunities to gain just a bit more information on life that you had the day before. You’ll have a veritable library of life-optimizing tips before too long.
Below are some of the better, more enlightening, or more entertaining answers that came out of this question and answer session. Users requested remaining anonymous and I’ll honor that request. The answers are raw, genuine, and I did my best to leave them as they were supplied, though I try to clean up any bad or hateful language.
Let’s dive right on in and see what normal, everyday folks think about this important topic in life.
What is the most important life lesson you’ve ever learned about growing up?
- Always Ask for help from others when you need it. This applies to every aspect of my everyday life as an adult. A denied request no matter how large or small makes no change to your life, an accepted request will gain you the help and support of others, leading to greater success in your endeavors. Ask and you shall receive. Hmm sounds familiar – no means you are exactly where you started. No loss , no change, just wiser.
- As a child and teenager, I spent many years wishing to be out and living on my own. I wanted the freedoms and fun that adults could plan for themselves. I wanted to make my own rules. As a college student, I waited impatiently for my 21st birthday so I could live it up in the bars and clubs.Once I moved out, paid all my bills, and worked all day, things didn’t seem nearly so glamorous and I longed for carefree days again. Now that I am into my 30’s, I have learned to enjoy each moment as it occurs and not wish my life away.
- Do not leave your old friends behind. Learn from your mistakes. Get ready for the change.
- Growing up is basically more physical than emotional. I think that I will always have the desires to do things that I did when I was in high-school and college. But the truth is, your life requires you to move on from those things. It is the path of time that determines what is and isn’t appropriate for you to do for your age, but most likely you will never be satisfied with the age you are.
- Growing up is not an easy job. Although most of us have parents to guide us, there is no handbook on how to be a good parent or how to help you transition from a child to adulthood. Trials and tribulations while growing up help mold you into the adult you will become.
- I hated growing up, and I still look upon it with bad memories. I remember the intricate details of my mistakes, my childish ignorance, the pain of first experiences, and what have I learned? Deal with it.Actually having a good memory of my childhood has helped me to be empathetic with the children I interact with today. Life is tough, whether you’re a child, or an adult, whether your problems are internal or external. And we all need each other to survive life.
- I learned that growing up is all about making mistakes. In order to prove how grown up we were, we all made choices sometimes bad ones, and often didn’t listen to advice. It seems a natural part of life, because obviously teens have not learned from history and are still making the same kinds of mistakes.But maybe this is what is important- to grow up you make mistakes, learn your lessons from them, and then have to try and overcome and fix them. These are things you will continue to do throughout life, you never stop that cycle. But it helps you learn how to cope later.
- I learned that you can do whatever you want in life if you put your heart to it and work hard. You do not necessarily have to have talent or skill. Hard work can make up for your deficiencies and help you achieve your desired goals.
- I think the most important life lesson I learned growing up was to be happy while fulfilling your responsibilities. You should do things to make you happy but you need to do also do things to make sure you’re alive and productive. It is a hard balance but I think it can be achieved.
- It takes time for a person to fully develop an intelligent mind. Teenagers and even young adults may think they are fully developed, however that that is not always the case. People need to search and explore who they are in an intellectual matter.Some older people even realize that is it never to late to learn new life lessons and change’s one ways of thinking. It’s all about finding meaning in life and spreading beauty throughout the world. This journey is unique to each individual.
- Life is harder that what I thought. Being a grown up is not all it advertised to be. Life is what you make it.
- Life is what you make it. I learn that in order to be successful you have to work hard. That anything you do in life can affect the outcome of how you live your life.
- Listen to other people. Your viewpoint is not the only one. Other people often have something constructive to add. So don’t shut them out.
- That hard work is important. Honoring the parents is important. Being humble is very essential.
- That life isn’t fair. I’ve seen horrible things happen to good people too often. There’s not referee in real life. When things get real, good people need to stand up and fight for what’s right.
- The most important lesson I ever learned is that you should always spend every second like it might be your last. Say everything you need to say. Do everything you need to do. Don’t have any regrets because you’ll never get to relive it and experience it over again. Make the most of your life and make it count.
- The most important life lesson i have learned is about trust. Sure you give a little. But you have to grow it and nurture that trust. You have to watch it. Because it can be easily be betrayed and crushed.
- The most important life lesson I learned about growing up is to pay your bills and to build a good credit record. This goal from growing up keeps one employed because to pay bills you have to have a job. This life lesson on having good credit enters all facets of living because even to stay healthy one must pay health insurance. When you grow up, you cannot afford to try to live free without good credit.
- The most important thing I have learned in my life is that you need to work to get what you want. I spent a lot of my life trying to expect things from people and until I learned if you want something to go for it and get it, I never seemed to have very much. I started working 2 jobs and doing side work online and on yards to get money to get what I need.
- There are going to be hardships in life that are beyond our control. They are all part of growing up. There are things that you have to go through in life, that all people go through – such as, buying your first house, having your first child, etc. These are all parts of growing up; the good, the bad, and the ugly. No matter what life goes on.
- There are many experiences to learn from when you are growing up. It’s wise to look back at your childhood and remember the good and bad experiences you had and hopefully be able to share them with your own children someday. Hopefully I was able to learn from the things that happened to me when I was growing up and now I am a better person and a little wiser.
- When growing up, it is important to remember not to take yourself too seriously. Especially during teenage years, one finds emotions and assumptions ruling the brain and guiding one into heated arguments. At these times, take a step back and remember that not everything is as important as it seems and try to have a hearty laugh.
- You can grow up in age but, inside you may not change. For a long time, I felt like I needed somebody to take care of me and that was the little girl inside of me. It’s a good thing to realize that. I wondered why I used to have feelings of jealousy about young kids and I finally questioned myself about it.I was still looking at the world through a child’s eye view in some instances. Introspection is a good thing when you can come out of it in a positive light. If you are going to be grown, don’t beat yourself up. Life is a journey and there may be bumps along the way but, you keep going and growing and learning and being grateful.
- You can never recover lost time with loved ones. Use every opportunity you have to enjoy them and create memories while you can. Time rolls around much faster than you think, and the young girl who so wants to spend time with you won’t when she hits 18. I lost most of my opportunities to watch my daughters grow up while in the military, and when people ask me what loss I experienced the most serving that is what I tell them.
- You can’t take being young for granted. Once you’re old, you’re only closer to death. People need to enjoy life when they are young and lock on to those memories as they get older.
I hope enjoyed this series of questions and answers on life lessons. Whether you found something directly applicable or you just found reading through the lives of others enlightening, I trust you got something valuable out of this article.
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