What is a Life Lesson?
Let me begin by telling you what it is not.
It is not a quote you read in a book, or heard in a movie, or the lyrics of a song, which somehow define your life to the T. It is not that, darling.
It is a lesson your life taught you. It is a lesson your life taught you.
You may have learnt it the hard way, or the easy way, the long way or the short way, the crystal clear way, the discovering-in-a-haze way, but the only words that matter here are “you” and “learnt”.
You learnt it. You extracted it out of the way(s) life was trying to teach it to you. You pulled it out, examined it, and made it your own.
Your life lesson can come to you in one sudden experience, or gradually with introspection, and in hindsight, over months and years. But the fact remains that you learn it all by yourself.
All. By. Yourself.
You don’t have to live an extraordinary life, or go ahead live an absolutely extraordinary life; it matters little. What’s important is that you live. Wholly. Presently, as much as possible. And mindfully.
And then, be open to leaning what this big juicy life is trying to tell you. And it will try to tell you things, things that if you listen closely, will become life lessons. Your life lessons. What you deciphered, interpreted, and pulled out from living the life you live.
Not a quote you read in a book, or heard in a movie, or the lyrics of a song, which somehow define your life to the T.
Instead, a lesson you learnt: the one that changed you, in small ways and big. A lesson you never forget. A lesson that has a story behind how you learnt it. A lesson that runs deep in you. A lesson you pass on carefully, gently, willingly.
A lesson that is yours first, before it is anyone else’s. A lesson that is yours first, before it is anyone else’s. A lesson that is yours first, before it is anyone else’s.