7 Harsh Life Lessons No One Will Teach You

1Life is hard. No one ever sat me down and said, “Hey listen Maverick, this might sound weird, but life is going to be hard. Very, very hard.” No one told me about all the problems that I would have to unravel and solve. No one mentioned all the pain and suffering we all have to endure simply just by being alive.

‘’Life is tough, that’s a given. When you stand up, you’re gonna be shoved back down. When you’re down, you’re gonna be stepped on. My advice to you doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles. It’s no secret: you’ll fall down, you stumble, you get pushed, you land square on your face.”- Unknown

2We live in an imperfect world, surrounded by imperfect people. Humans are fallible creatures. As a result, the world that we have created for ourselves is also fallible. Everyone makes mistakes at some point or another and it’s not necessarily our fault: it’s just the way we are.

3No one knows what they are doing. A lot of people walk around pretending to know what is happening and act like they know it all. Utter nonsense. For example, coaches might think they know what it takes to train a winning team, but more often than not, they just have a random jumble of ideas of what they think will work. The same can be said for everyone in every aspect of their lives. There is no set blueprint.

When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier.”

4Randomness and luck plays a big role. In Fooled by Randomness, Nassim Nicholas Taleb brings to light the idea that our entire lives are dominated by random events and chance- most of the time we don’t even realize it. When success comes our way, we often accredit it to ourselves and how much we contributed to it. Such great planning, all the hard work, all that good stuff; very rarely will you see a successful man credit his good fortune to chance.

5We are very much alone. Everyone has their own lives and problems to worry about. If you know one person willing to drop everything to come to your aid, consider yourself lucky: treasure them. But most of the time, no one cares about you or your problems.

6 We are insignificant. Close your eyes and imagine the entirety of the universe and how long it has existed. We are mere specks in this cosmos and exist as a drop in the river of time. In a 100 years, only our grandchildren will remember our names. In 1,000 years, no one will remember. In 10,000 years, there might not even be a record of us ever existing.

Calvin & Hobbes © 2012 Bill Watterson

7Death is inevitable. And scary. No one wants to talk about death, much less think about it. As La Rochefoucauld phrased it, “Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily.” But just because we refuse to acknowledge it doesn’t mean it’s not there- it is always looming. However, if harnessed properly, the fear of death can be the greatest motivator of all.

“You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak. How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death.” -Blind Prisoner, The Dark Knight Rises

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