Blog Every Day in May, Day 23: Things you can't learn in school

Day 23, Thursday: Things you've learned
that school won't teach you.

Looking proud (and kind of smug) after my Kindergarten graduation.

During my years in the American education system, I learned (or was at least lectured on) the standard subjects that every pupil was required to know. I studied math, science, history, English (my personal favorite), and random variations of the like. When I reached college, I proved to Indiana University that I was more than competent in the field of journalism and gender studies. I knew facts, I understood theories, and I was a critical thinker. I got a pretty good education (and if student loans are an indicator of brains, then I'm a freakin' genius).

But there are some things that teachers and professors and associate professors and substitute teachers cannot teach you. In fact, life's biggest lessons come not from the public educators themselves, but from the friends and loved ones you're surrounded with during your formative years (I learned so much about life and being a good person from my mother). People and life experience will teach you things that you can never look up in the back of a textbook or search on the internet.

Here is some of my accumulated "life knowledge" that I never read in a book:

  • You reap what you sow. You cannot live your life like a total a$$hole and not expect consequences. Everything you put out into the universe, you're going to get back tenfold. So be kind to people. 

  • Surround yourself with honest people. Don't share your secrets with the friend who says you look great in those white skinny jeans. Trust the friend who has the balls to tell you that you look like Casper the Bloated Ghost.

  • Invest in a good moisturizer (with both UVA and UVB spf protection). Your skin will thank you.

  • The quickest way to turn that frown upside down? Neil Diamond's The Very Best of Neil Diamond album. I'M A BELIEVER!

  • Your first instinct is usually correct. Trust your gut.

  • Stop paying attention to what other people are doing. Who cares? Their life isn't your life and your pace isn't their pace. Your life is unfolding just it's supposed to. Embrace it and enjoy the ride.

  • Bad hair days are inevitable. Master the messy bun.

  • If you feel like you're lacking patience or compassion, just remember: Everyone is doing the best they can. The Golden Rule is popular for a reason.

  • Never, ever underestimate the amazing healing power of a hug.

  • Work with what you've got. Embrace your assets. I will never have legs like Carrie Underwood and I started enjoying my life (and my body) a whole lot more when I finally accepted that.

  • All the time you spend complaining about something is time you could be using to fix it.

  • If you absolutely feel like you have to talk about someone when they're not around, talk about them like Jesus is hiding in the bushes and listening.

What "knowledge" have you accumulated over the years?


  1. I love the all the time you spend complaining one...I could write whole books on this one. Thanks for coming to my site today!

  2. meant to say I love the title of your blog...I think neurotic is probably the best any of us can hope for so I was thinking of one called Normal Neurotic... but stuck to the writing theme instead.


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