Schoolin’ Life

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I’m actually surprised it’s taken me this long to title a post after a Beyoncé song, especially when this is something constantly on my mind. I’ve lived a very privileged life, full of experiences and education, and yet there are so many skills I am yet to learn. The thing is, having a degree doesn’t make you a good human with solid life skills anymore than owning an iMac makes you a good designer. The concept of the school of life isn’t an original one, but I started composing a list of things. Things I hope to learn and continue to improve on. Things they didn’t teach at school that I wish as hell they did.

In no particular order, I wish school taught me how to:

– Deal with rejection

– Manage anxiety

– Do taxes

– Make decisions based on hope and not on fear

– Compromise

– Understand politics

– Meditate

– Poach an egg

– Learn from my mistakes

– Be self-aware and reflect

– Change a bike tyre

– Cope with loss

– Practise patience

– Accept my mortality

– Take criticism

– Not compare myself to others

– Be kind

– Negotiate salaries

– Talk about money

– Give a compliment

– Take a compliment

– Be resilient

– Know my worth

– Think critically

– Use a drill

– Deal with insecurities

– Keep an open mind

– Express sadness and hurt

– Be a good friend

– Ask for help

– Listen

– Stand up for what I believe in

– Be brave

– Ask questions

– Have empathy

– Say I’m sorry

– Say I miss you

– Say I love you

The list will go on I’m sure. Have something you thing I should add? Tweet me or by all means, write your own!

ThoughtsGabby Lord