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What have you learned about yourself throughout your life?

Asked by the_overthinker (1252 points ) January 24th, 2013

What have you learned? Were there things you have learned about yourself through others?

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ZEPHYRA's avatar

That I have underestimated and sold myself short for ages. I mean, modesty is one thing, but bull-dozing yourself into the ground! It has not gotten me ahead!

ucme's avatar

That i’m a thoroughly nice chap & absolutely splendid company..hoorah!!

wundayatta's avatar

Just about everything I know about myself, I have learned throughout my life. Check that. Actually, it is everything.

Did you have any particular area you were interested it?

I’ve learned I like dance. I also like philosophy. Football. Sex. Love. People. Yep. Lots to like.

I also learned that @ucme is a big kidder.

ucme's avatar

No @wundayatta, make that a big kid!

wundayatta's avatar

Well there you go! I learned something new, just now!

ucme's avatar

As did I, you really do talk out of your arse ;-}

wundayatta's avatar

Smartest part of my body, innit?

janbb's avatar

That I am very resourceful and a good problem solver. And that I can survive and thrive after being left even though it is very painful. And that I am good at making friends.

Pachy's avatar

One thing I’ve learned is that usually no matter what I do or don’t do, some people will like or love me and some won’t, and to invest time and energy trying to change the minds of people who don’t like or love me is a monumental waste of all both. Not trying saves a lot of angst, too.

Coloma's avatar

I’ve learned that I too am resourceful, clever and resilient along with the greatest discovery of all that makes so much sense!
I have discovered that I have the rarest personality type of all females and the 2nd rarest in the population.
Only about 2–3% of men and 0.25% of females share my brain functions, no wonder I don’t relate to many others!
No wonder I’ve ended up alone in the woods with a pet goose, eating happy brownies and writing comedy, it’s ALL a fucking comedy! lol

YARNLADY's avatar

That it’s OK to not try to get ahead. Instead of participating in the so-called rat race, I have just taken a seat on the sidelines and watch the world go by.

Pachy's avatar

I’ve also learned that thanks to music, art, movies, books, plays, poetry, loves past and present, sunny or rainy days, good food and drink, friends, my own roof over my head, having been able to make a living all my life doing what I liked and was pretty good at doing, and a cat who purrs every night on my stomach… life is beautiful.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I’ve learned so much that it’s hard for me to seperate it out, but one of the most important is that I’ve learned to forgive from the heart, and that being family doesn’t give people free passes to treat you like crap for eternity, we can choose to not accept that toxicity in our lives.

I’ve learned that treating people well and smiling is the easiest way to be successful. The list goes on from here.

Coloma's avatar

@YARNLADY Yes, but… if you do not have a spouse financially supporting you sitting on the sidelines that is not an option for most people. Consider yourself lucky to be able to sit. :-)

YARNLADY's avatar

@Coloma Yes, it’s true I have been very lucky, but even before I met him, I did work for a living, but I chose the easiest path, as opposed to the get ahead in life route. Remember, I lived in a commune during the late 1960’s

Coloma's avatar

@YARNLADY I see, I agree too, I always choose time over money whenever I can. :-)

anartist's avatar

That I am not as brave as I would like to be. That sometimes I am short-sighted.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@YARNLADY Ooh, jealous, I want to hear about the commune, please please please. PM me if you’d rather. excited

burntbonez's avatar

It’s funny. A lot of my life I feel like I haven’t really known myself. I feel like I’m inventing myself as I go along. Even to the point of making up stories about my past just to try to explain things to myself. That probably sounds weird, but I guess I think that memory is a strange beast, and sometimes I find it very hard to explain how I came to be the way I am. I have to go back and tell myself a story to explain it.

Usually I write a story. It’s kind of a made up diary. I try to figure myself out. I don’t know why, though, since it doesn’t seem to make any difference. They might be lies, too. Or a damn lie. But not a statistic. (Mark Twain reference). What have I learned? I’ve learned I try to understand myself by making up stories about myself.

rojo's avatar

I have learned that you cannot please everyone so you might as well just please yourself.

Sunny2's avatar

It’s taken a long time to grow up, but I’m finally the person I want to be. I can accept who I am, including the imperfections. I don’t anger easily. I find humor in most situations very easily. People can count on me. I’m satisfied with how I look. I’ve had more excitement in my life than I ever imagined. Perspectives change as you get to where you can look back and being positive gets easier and easier. Here’s to life and joy!

KNOWITALL's avatar

@rojo Good one, and I completely agree. It takes awhile to realize that, and actually was one of the most important to my personal growth. Thanks for the reminder!

Mariah's avatar

I’m always stronger and more capable than I think I am.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I have learned that the depths of my self-deceptions know no bounds.

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