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What valuable, insightful life lessons can you share that you gained from idiotic behavior?

Asked by Imadethisupwithnoforethought (14265 points ) February 24th, 2012

I am thinking about the minor bits of wisdom I have gained over the years, and most of it was obtained through behavior I will never tell my children about.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Seatbelts aren’t foolproof if you do something really stupid in a car.

Coloma's avatar

I took a lot of risks as a teen in the mid- to late 70’s. Experimented with lots of drugs, had casual sex, hitch hiked, but, I was always aware and while I could see in hindsight that I was a product of my generation and took risks, I have also always been an old soul in the sense of always being in my integrity regardless of my youthful verve.
My daughter is 24 and I did share quite a lot with her, age appropriately of couse.

Kids need to eventually see their parents as human beings and not some unrealistic fantasy mom and dad. My daughter once put me in my place at about 17 when I was projecting MY experiences on her and cautioning her about drinking.
She looked right at me and said ” MOM! YOU were waaay wilder than I am!” Oooh…bam! mom was projecting big time! lol

My daughter beat me by 5 years on losing her virginity, is not a party girl and while I do take credit for being an open and present mom, always available to talk about anything, really, what can I say….clearly I did something right, along with her generations more educated and conservative view on drinking, drugs and casual sexuality. Tis evolution. :-)

elbanditoroso's avatar

Mostly that idiotic behavior can be a whole lot of fun if you don’t die from it.

HungryGuy's avatar

You have to take crazy risks if you want to have fun in life :-p

But I don’t mean doing anything criminal or that’s going to hurt someone without their consent.

TexasDude's avatar

Don’t stick your dick in crazy.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard That is probably the single best piece of advice I have ever come across. Nice.

TexasDude's avatar

And alternatively for hetero women and gay men: “Don’t let crazy dicks get stuck in you.”

HungryGuy's avatar

Some of the best sex comes from sticking your dick in crazy :-p

Only thing is: if you go home with crazy, don’t bring your valuables with you; and if you bring crazy home with you, make sure your valuables are locked up safe. And don’t consume unknown substances with someone you don’t know and trust intimately.

TexasDude's avatar

@HungryGuy I’m well aware of that, but the crying and phonecalls and watching you through your window while you sleep and waiting for you outside of work just ain’t worth it.

Jeruba's avatar

Don’t worry so damn much about your precious dignity.

Ponderer983's avatar

Wear a helmet. and I’m not necessarily talking about a condom

Symbeline's avatar

I’ll let you know if I ever learn anything. XD

Bent's avatar

That jumping into a river, when drunk, in December, is a really really stupid idea. If one of my friends wasn’t more sober than me I would probably have drowned.

mattbrowne's avatar

Suggesting to Americans that the Second Amendment isn’t such a good idea after all. Oh, dear. The light breeze turned into a storm and then into a blizzard, plummeting the temperature to 30 degrees below zero. And I forgot to bring my gloves.

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