In life, some lessons you will learn quickly and easily. And then other times, you have to learn things the hard way. Even if your parents, teachers, and adults in your life suggest certain things to you as a child, you have to figure out on your own that there are consequences to specific sets of actions, and these consequences are often negative if you don’t show some self-restraint and self-control in particular situations.
Four lessons, in particular, will illustrate this point. First of all, life is going to teach you that you are what you eat. Eat good things, look good, and feel good. Eat bad things, look bad, and feel bad. Secondly, life is going to teach you that sometimes you have to go against the grain when it comes to your family. Third, debt can sneak up on you when you least expect it and really threw a monkey wrench into your standard of living. And fourth, even though words are not physical objects, they definitely matter.
You Are What You Eat
A first harsh lesson that life is going to teach you, especially as you get older, is the fact that you are what you eat. It is challenging to maintain healthy eating habits if you don’t have a powerful sense of self-control when it comes to eating. Almost everything that tastes good is not going to be good for you. If you enjoy comfort food as a child, that’s what’s going to give you health issues and weight gain later on in life. It can be a struggle for almost everyone to eat good foods because it can be hard on your sense of enjoyment and your budget.
Sometimes You Have To Take On Your Family
It can also be a hard lesson that sometimes your family is not looking out for your best interests. If you’ve ever had to contact a family law attorney, you know how hostile things can get, even among people who are supposed to have each other’s backs no matter what.
Debt Sneaks Up On You
Another lesson that many people don’t think about until too late is the fact that debt is very easy to get into and very hard to get out of. Even if you do something as simple as taking out school loans to get an education, if you don’t pay attention to how quickly you pay it back, you can end up repaying additional tens of thousands of dollars to get rid of your principal loan. This debt can mean that you can’t do things like buy a house or get a decent car even in your younger years.
A fourth hard lesson to deal with is the fact that words matter. In school, as a child, you get used to gossiping or saying things that might be mean or inappropriate. When you become an adult, the things that you say tend to spread around, and you can lose relationships, friendships, and even jobs because of how you express yourself.