Well, I would hope I've learned a thing or two in my lifetime, otherwise I have two degrees and a mountain of student loans with nothing to show for it.
Years and years ago, I came across this poster called "All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten" by Robert Fulghum. It sounds stupid, but when you read through them, they are so true!
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don't hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- Clean up your own mess.
- Don't take things that aren't yours.
- Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.Flush.
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
- Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
- Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
- And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.
I've also learned that life is unexpected, and your reaction to the unexpected can say so much about who you are and who you're going to be.