I’d like to share a few of the more memorable words of wisdom that my mom shared with me growing up. While they speak for themselves, I’ll share my takeaway from them below.
- “You know what happened to thought don’t you? Thought thought he farted but he really shit himself.”
- “Experience is the hardest teacher, it gives you the test first and the lesson after.”
- “I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but some way, some how, it always works out.”
- “It’s better to have and not need than to need and not have.”
- “If it don’t apply, let it fly.”
- “If you have enough food but your neighbor doesn’t, give them half. Sure you’ll both still be a little hungry, but neither of you will starve.”
- “If you want something to cry about, I’ll give you something to cry about.”
Again, none of these are particularly ground breaking, but they definitely helped shape my perspective.
- I learned from an early age that it wasn’t wise to make an assumption. The idea of thought being a person who crapped his pants was more impactful than the usual “when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.”
- The most effective way to learn something is by doing it. Mistakes will happen and that’s ok. It’s all a part of the process.
- Never count yourself out. Commit, believe, achieve. Remaining positive in the face of adversity is important and will lead to a better outcome.
- It’s never a bad thing to be prepared.
- This one today would probably read “haters gonna hate.” Essentially, you can’t control what other people are going to think or say and if you know it’s not true, don’t worry about it.
- If you are able to help someone without hurting yourself, then do the right thing. We’re stronger together than we are alone.
- When mom gives you “the look” knock the shenanigans off. This also was a major lesson in learning to be accountable and accept the consequences of my actions.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but merely a few selections that have echoed throughout my life. Were any of these a part of your curriculum as well? What are some of the other lessons you remember from your childhood?