No one really prepares you for life. Sure, you can be taught a great deal of things, but the things that matter in life, the things that will make or break you as a person, can only be learned through experience.
Knowing about something and living through it are two entirely different things. When you haven’t experienced something but know it exists in the world, you think it’ll never happen to you. You only know it from the surface—you are aware of the words that are associated with it, but none of that holds any meaning to you. You’re able to just forget it even exists.
However, when you experience something, it slowly seeps into your being, changing everything about life as you knew it. It feels like you have opened your eyes for the first time and now you’re forced to see the world for what it really is.
All experiences, good and bad, mold you into a slightly different version of yourself. I believe that you truly can only grow from what you go through on your own. Warnings don’t mean much to you when you haven’t been living your life. Many people talk about the pain of their heartbreak, but that is not going to stop someone from wanting to experience love on their own.
The struggles of others are not enough to get the message across to those who have not tried it themselves. You need to have experiences yourself in order to figure out how you handle certain situations. Not to mention that every human’s experience is different from the next. There might be a few similarities, but essentially nobody is living the exact same life as you. Someone’s bad experience might turn out to be a great one for another, and you just won’t know until you get out there and try it.
The greatest life lessons come from experiences.