Learning is one key aspect of living a most excellent life.
Learning how to interact with others.
How to do things for ourselves.
Who we are and what we want.
There are countless ways to learn.
We can learn through reading, watching, and listening to various forms of media.
Through interaction with those around us.
Experience by getting out there, doing, and living.
That third approach – experience – can be the most effective and meaningful.
It can also present quite a bit of risk.
It presents the risk and reward of real-world consequences.
Things could go very well.
We could learn a new skill.
Accumulate new wealth.
Become stronger and more capable.
Things could also go very poorly.
We could blow an opportunity.
Ruin our finances.
Injure ourselves or others.
Often, when things go poorly, we say that we learned “the hard way”.
Even when the consequences are relatively trivial, we say this.
We refer to pretty much any real-world negative outcome as learning “the hard way”.
Such hard lessons, however, are often the most useful.
They’re the ones that stick with us.
The ones that show us the most opportunity for improvement.
That embed themselves the deepest within our minds and hearts.
Sure, they aren’t pleasant.
Yet, they do have value.
What if we sought out “the hard way”?
What if we recognized their worth?
Don’t beat yourself up over learning something “the hard way”.
You made the mistake.
You lived through the consequences.
You learned “the hard way”.
What better way is there to learn?
You have the experience.
The peace of not wondering, “what if?”
No weight of regret.
Might “the hard way” be the best way?
Life is too short not to experience it fully.
With all its hard lessons.
You might find those to be the most useful.
You’ve got this.