In order to be old and wise, you have to be young and stupid.

It is often said that those who are aged are also wise. And it is very true; at least in most cases. Those who grow in age, grow in wisdom too. They gain wisdom through their experiences.

They face various challenges, trials and tribulations of life and fall at uneven grounds before they learn to stand again. As a result, facing problems and learning from experiences, makes one grow and be more wiser as well as being more knowledgeable.

People who end up being specialist and/or experts, are mostly those who have worked hard enough to reach their current stage. They became specialists and/or experts by learning the basic skills that are required for them to learn, execute, make mistakes, rectify those mistakes and gain experience. If you want to become one, you must also undergo learning, unlearning and relearning.

It is acceptable and alright to make mistakes as long as you learn from those mistakes. If you are not making any mistakes or asking any questions, then you should not be taking the lessons of life anymore. I believe that the best learning place is a place where you are willing to venture into the unknown and try to conquer it.

In the words of Kira Evsanaa, she said this about today’s topic:

“I wouldn’t change a thing from my past. Because all the choices I made in the past, made me the person I am today and everything I’ve learnt so far is valuable.

I’ve hit few milestones in my life and as I got older and little wiser, I reflect on my past experiences that carved me into the person I am today. I am still a work in progress and have much to learn and grow. Therefore, I am no better than any of you.

I’ve met different kinds of people who taught me lessons that changed my perspective and I would like to share those things that added value to my life.

The principles I follow and the lessons I learned worked for me and may work for some of you.
But one thing is certain — every experience is a chance for us to evolve for the better.

All of us have experienced something bad in our lives but if it wasn’t for the bad, would we be able recognize the good? If it wasn’t for the mistakes we’ve made, would we be able understand what wisdom is.”

“Be careful whose advice you buy but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.” — Mary Schmich.

You may fail and stumble a number of times but do not lose heart and continue to move ahead with great zeal and determination. You can laugh at yourself for making foolish mistakes, but do not forget to avoid making them for the second time. That is how we learn and become wiser as we grow old.

Like it is said in the Bible on 1 Corinthians; chapter 13: verse11: “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane