As the song goes, “I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger.”
There are certain lessons in life that you have to learn on your own. Life in and of itself, is a lesson. Each day brings something you don’t necessarily expect; each day, each month, each year passes and every once in awhile you realize that you’ve learned something. Some things need only be experienced once and you learn to never let it happen again, while other things have to be learned over and over and over.
They say you get wiser as you get older – clearly the young can learn from the old, but I also feel that the old can learn from the young. I learn things daily from my now 4-year-old daughter. Mostly patience.
For the past 4 years I’ve been thinking about things I’ve learned and wisdom I’ve gained over the last 37 years, and things I want to share with my daughter. She’ll need to experience her own life to truly appreciate these lessons (I can already picture the teenage eye roll when she reads this), but maybe, someday she’ll thank me.