Experience Life

Live life. Experience it.

What does that mean exactly? Aren’t we all in a way? We’re all living, right?

I don’t know how much living many of us are actually doing. If doing the same thing everyday counts, then I suppose. If always staying in your comfort zone qualifies, then I guess so. But I don’t see things that way, and I’m starting to realize what actual living is.

Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think the number one thing I’ve learned while having this blog is rather simple, actually. I speak of all kinds of things, things I’m exploring. Life, existence, meaning, philosophy, I’m moving towards theology… the list goes on. As it was once put:

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe”
–Gustave Flaubert

I agree with that. I do believe I am discovering what I believe. I feel like I have a more solid view on life, for sure. It’s fantastic, I’m rather happy with where I’m going (I know, it’s ego, but cut me some slack!). I feel as though I’m looking at life in more intelligent ways, in ways I didn’t previously. Here’s the thing, though – I’m not sure how much any of that really matters in the long run.

If I don’t live, truly live the things I’ve learned.

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Books are great, and they can teach you a lot. But they don’t have a tenth of their impact if you don’t practice what you’re reading. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a lesson that has taken me quite some time to truly understand, and even now I’m certain I have a lot left to learn. The example that comes to mind is that I started reading self-help books early on, and that may be the reason why I opened my eyes from such a young age. The difficulty I had with those books, the content, was not that I didn’t enjoy it, because I very much did – to the point of feeling drawn to the whole subject. I struggled I had was with translating the learning into my life, and that was a key element that was not addressed directly in the books. How am I supposed to get to that level of spirituality? Surely we all have our own way to go about it.

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Thank goodness I learned how to do ridiculously difficult math. Now I may live a fulfilling life. (Photo credit: Kevin H.)

The more I think of it, the more I realize that it’s true for most things in life. As I wrote just a few days ago, you learn a lot in school, sure, but what do you do with the information? Nobody tells you, nor does anyone seem to know. Which is an immediate indicator that there is something off. What am I supposed to do with something I do not know how to use? I think the number one thing we should keep in mind is this: can I use this information/knowledge/learning/skill? If not, it better be of some sort of enjoyment to you (e.g. playing the guitar), because beyond that, it’s useless.

So it’s easy to hide behind that excuse to stay where everything feels safe. You or I can wait until someone will come around and tell us everything we need to know, but that’s not going to happen. Plus, you wouldn’t learn anything.

That’s why I say to experience life. Dive into things, head first. Make mistakes, mess up a little bit. Learn about whatever the hell it is that you’re doing, by doing it. I know I’m not the best person to make this example, but the same goes for parenting. There really isn’t an instruction manual, and I’ve seen my parents learn as they go (I have a younger brother, which helps a bit to see this process a little bit). They have certainly become better leaders as I’ve grown up, I’ve witnessed it first-hand.

I see the same thing with business owners, with authors, with actors. You’ve just gotta do it if you want to truly learn, to truly experience life. I started an unsuccessful blog some time last year, but I never got it going because I didn’t invest. Maybe I was afraid, maybe I wasn’t ready to learn just yet. Whatever it was, it changed when I tried again several months later, and now here I am. It wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t make a promise to myself to commit and be okay with a little failure, a little pain.

So the things that I write about and the blog itself really are teachers to me on how to live. A theme for the last few days has been selflessness (or rather selfish selflessness), and I physically had to do stuff for others without directly impacting myself to really get the beginning of understanding on the whole subject.

Who likes a hypocrite? Live what you preach, and preach what you live. I know some some pretty famous people in history that did just that….

Get off the couch from your TV, from your self-help book, and try something new. Put down your plan and go for it. Do something you haven’t done, something you’ve been talking about doing for a while. Experience something new.

Experience life.

–mrprose

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29 thoughts on “Experience Life

  1. I want you to know that I haven’t always lived this simple life. I lived a really complicated life for most of my life. So, I do know that the important thing about allowing yourself to “live” all that you feel you have learned, is while living that life, we learn much more than we could have known before. The thing with learning is that it only happens when we are smart enough to realize what to learn from each experience. I wasn’t smart and made the same mistakes over and over. A lot of people do that lol.

  2. What an impressive discussion on living life. I’m quite surprised to read your “About Me” and learn you’re fourteen – you’ve attained knowledge about the world that took me seventeen years to truly understand. This maturity is impressive and I must say, I look forward to see your future endeavors through this blog. But then again, it’s difficult to really know where life leads us; all we can do is “experience life” as you say. Life likes to work in a “dual” process in my experience – to achieve balance, one must dip one’s toes into two separate things. My time studying TOK and “knowledge issues” has made me realize thinking and analyzing the world helps us better understand it. But if we were to just lock ourselves up inside our rooms and never get out to see the world, how can we ever learn and grow?

    Wonderful, insightful post.

  3. Nice post! I that is the problem with self help books and even religion, is that it doesn’t really tell you how to translate it. The thing with life is that we are all separate, individual identities and everything experienced is subjective. We translate things subjectively, so everyone has a different interpretation. At the end of the day it is truly up to the individual to find meaning in this seemingly meaningless, confusing life. We fear the unknown and unfortunately in the world today the lines are blurred as to what is truth and what is not. Perhaps even truth, to a certain degree, is subjective. This life is a puzzle, and absolutely fascinating, complex puzzle. Only those who persevere will piece it together. Will it take a life time? Will it take more? Who knows.

    • Wow, amazing. So glad you said what you did, it really got me thinking. I write about similar themes in my blog, so if you’re interested in reading more, check from time to thank. Seriously, thank you, I’ll ponder on what you said.

  4. I’ve often thought about what they teach you in school as well, and I know that the things I don’t see how I’m ever going to use are difficult to study. And even if you realize that, and ask your teacher the question “Why?” no one seems to know the answer except in a few cases.

    Oh and you can definitely find yourself and what you believe in through writing. After all, what you write is a little piece of you on paper, so you get to look at a solidified part of your mind. It’s like taking a photograph of your mind, in a way. Does that make sense?

    Oh and thanks for the like on my post!

  5. Many of us cruise through much of life without stopping to notice and appreciate we are, in fact, alive. One reason I write is to give others the chance to notice and appreciate that I’m alive too…and hope they can make the logical extension to themselves from there. Among the shared pleasures of life, to be in the midst of others who are doing more than marking time before the grave is surely the most invigorating (and reassuring).

  6. I appreciate this post. I can relate to the subject of putting into practice what we learn and questioning whether what we learn actually aids us in our particular destiny or not. I have a son (13) who is homeschooled for this very reason. If he doesn’t know the names and order of all the President’s of the US as an adult, hopefully he will know who he is and what his place in this world is. Great post are you really 14?

  7. I really could not agree with you more. I have learned through my own blog and my current life goals, that we teach best that which we have to learn. I appreciate your blog and your views, keep on!

  8. I work in a middle school and I have to say I don’t think there’s one student there who could come up with what you’ve got going in the blog. That said, it makes me wonder: why? Is it that you have an inquisitive nature and are just genetically inclined to deep thinking? Or does it have more to do with your environment: what your parents believe and where you go to school?

    What do you think?

    By the way, life is short. There’s no guarantee that you’ll have chances in the future to experience what you hope to in this life. I love the idea of a bucket list, but the truth is that doing some things with your life isn’t really what experience is. To me, relationships are what make or break our lives. I’m pursuing my writing dreams (again, it’s been a yo-yo for me since I discovered the dream at the age of 9), but having a book published will mean nothing if my husband and sons aren’t there to celebrate it with me. Knowing this about myself, I can’t spend all my time locked away writing because that places my relationships in jeopardy.

    I would love to know your thoughts on the questions I expressed above. Also, thanks for liking my blog in mid-August. Sorry it took me so long to repay the kindness.

    • Well I would say that it is a combination of many things. I am inquisitive, I have a passion, my parents are open and accepting, I challenge the norm, I am searching for something, a deeper fulfillment perhaps, or it could be a richer experience in life. But one thing I know for sure is that I was meant to be here to explore, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.

      As for you comment, yes, I agree with that. But dependance on relationships isn’t always healthy. I found in my past that often I felt healthier and happier when I was on my own/independent than with the poisonous people in my life. But you certainly make a valid point.

      Thanks for reading!

  9. Your writing and the depth of your thought is incredible by any standards, but especially for one so young.

    So many people put off life, waiting until they have enough money or enough time, waiting until they lose the weight, get the promotion or buy the groceries. Something new always comes up, and suddenly it’s been months or even years since they last did anything true to themselves. I’ve been on a journey where I was experiencing life, to where I stopped as I tried to do everything I was ‘supposed’ to do, and now I’m focussing on really experiencing it again – thank you for reminding me 🙂

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