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.
-- 1 Corinthians 13:11
Things Life Taught Me
I came out of the womb crying
Already demanding what I thought I deserved
Claiming air for my possession
Taking in nutrients where I could
[It's only natural, of course]
When I was a toddler, I learned that
Throwing a fit won't always get you what you want
And if I lean too hard on my plastic miniature horses as I march them down the hall
Their legs will break under my weight.
I learned that Mom's super glue can put the legs back on,
But the cracks will still show.
When I was three, I could read a few words
But I could speak better than I could read
"No!" and "That's mine!" and "But Mo-om!"
[But also nice things like "I love you" and "Thank-you"]
When I was a little older, I learned you don't talk to strangers
They might kidnap you, because
There are people out there who aren't very nice.
When I was seven, I learned that I couldn't put pretzels in my sundress pockets to eat for a midnight snack, because my dad wondered why I wasn't wearing my pajamas, and I had to empty my pockets and confess.
When I was even a little older than that, I learned that Jake liked my middle sister and not me
I learned that my oldest sister and my parents didn't get along
I learned that when people fight, it's best to smother myself in blankets and talk to the porcelain dolls on my shelves.
When I was in middle school, I learned best friends bracelets aren't worth heck
And I can't run for very long before asthma gets to me
And it doesn't matter how pretty you smile -
People will look at how stylish your outfit is, before they notice your face.
When I was in eighth grade, I learned that my hair refuses to be straightened.
When I was a freshman in high school, I learned that seniors are the coolest people in the world
Sophomore - Nolan likes me!
Junior - No, it's just Nolan flirts with every girl.
Senior - I don't feel so cool.
Now, I am a freshman in college, and I'm learning that you can learn a little something from everyone. You don't judge a human by the label society's given him or her. You can't spend all your time playing, because studying means something, too. You can't spend all your time studying, because there's no life in that. You might be the only one in your class who's willing to stand up for God in the Creationism/Evolution debate, but you have to take that chance. You screw up and fall down and fall for the wrong people and miss out on opportunities and you've only just begun, there's still so much to learn.
And you take all these things, and you keep pressing on, anyways. They're all a hodgepodge mess of trial and error, and even when shedding light on the shadows only convolutes things further, you have to keep opening up and trying again.
When I was, I learned.