I am 22 now and an active member of the “real world”. I went to a good high school and they really did try to make us as well-rounded as possible. Still, the current curriculum which plagues many high schools just doesn’t prioritize the teaching of certain NECESSARY life skills. Sometimes I wish that I had known some of things I have learned over the last few years a bit earlier.
So here are 20 things I wish they had taught me in school (or I just would like to have known about earlier):
- How to balance school work, extracurriculars, social life, family time, time to yourself and sleep without burning yourself out.
- Parkinson’s Law, which states that you can do things quicker than you think. This law says that a task will expand in time and seeming complexity depending on the time you set aside for it. For instance, if you say to yourself that you’ll come up with a solution within a week then the problem will seem to grow more difficult and you’ll spend more and more time trying to come up with a solution.
- The value of self-love and self-care.
- First, give value. Then, get value. Not the other way around.
- How to respectfully challenge authority.
- How to avoid giving unnecessary apologies.
- How to evaluate a contract to see if you’re receiving fair treatment.
- How to deal with grief.
- Mistakes and failures are good.
- Your attitude changes your reality.
- Don’t compare yourself to others.
- 80-90% of what you fear will happen never really come into reality.
- There are opportunities in just about every experience.
- How to deal with the guilt of privilege, which we all have in one way or another.
- How to be less dependent on technology.
- How to adequately cope with stress in a healthy way.
- How to show your parents you love them, even as a moody teenager.
- How to communicate to your parents that they’re doing something wrong.
- How to reach out to a friend you’re worried about.
- What lessons we need to learn for ourselves and when it’s okay to ask for help.
What do you wish someone had told you in school or you had just learned earlier in life?