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Things We Don’t Learn – No Matter How Old We Get…

Don’t you think, as we get older, we really should retain more of the lessons that we learned earlier in life?

For example:

  1. I should know better than to eat about a half pound of chocolate macaroons but I still did it.  The sugar let down is brutal and so is the uneasy stomach but did I learn? NO!

    chocolate macaroon

    chocolate macaroon (Photo credit: chez loulou)

  2. Criminals (sorry suspects-we must be politically correct you know) should know that they can’t outrun a Police Service Dog.  Chances are they tried to outrun a dog in their youth and who won? Not them, unless it was a chihuahua! Did they learn?  NO!

    Kent Police dog

    Kent Police dog (Photo credit: kenjonbro)

  3. Mom told you not to pick your nose in public but take a look at the people in the cars next to you at a stop light.  Bet you find someone doing it.  Did they learn?  NO!

    very determined nose picking

    very determined nose picking (Photo credit: quinnums)

  4. Mom told me to come in out of the rain but did I learn?  NO! In fact I paid hundreds of dollars for the privilege in Venice a few years ago.

    Raindrops keep falling on my head...

    Raindrops keep falling on my head…

  5. You learned the hard way that too much alcohol, too little sleep, and flying is a really bad combination.  But did you learn?  NO!

    Hangover on Board Badge

    Hangover on Board Badge (Photo credit: Annie Mole)

  6. You learned that too much coffee just before bed not only keeps you awake but causes you to make two extra trips to the bathroom.  But did you learn?  NO!

    Coffee cup

    Coffee cup (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

  7. You were taught not to say bad things about other people especially if it may get back to them.  But did you learn?  NO!

    Embarrassed  Father - Vintage family Photo

    Embarrassed Father – Vintage family Photo (Photo credit: Tobyotter)

  8. You learned that you can’t negotiate with a terrorist (aka your two year old) but here you are with another one on the way.  Did you learn?  NO!  P.S. this may also apply to a hormone raged or snarky 15 year old in your midst. 

    Mid-Tantrum

    Mid-Tantrum (Photo credit: LizaWasHere)

So tell me, what things have you still not learned?

7 comments on “Things We Don’t Learn – No Matter How Old We Get…

  1. Venassa
    January 11, 2013

    These are all so true. Just like how I know I’ll be hungry all day if I dont pack a good lunch for work, but do I ever put in the effort? Rarely.

    • One Old Sage
      January 11, 2013

      It’s the simple things that get us.
      Thanks for stopping by. :)

      Nelson

  2. Lynette d'Arty-Cross
    January 10, 2013

    I love # 5! Have definitely been in that situation myself. I’m finding that a lot of these “shoulds” are starting to disappear as I get older. I still suffer the consequences, but I don’t blame myself much any more.

  3. Diane Henders
    January 10, 2013

    I’ve still not learned that it is not actually necessary to sample every single dish at a potluck dinner. But my friends are excellent cooks… and I really love food… and sometimes it’s so good I need a second helping…

    Ouch. (But yum!)

    As you may guess, I haven’t tried terribly hard to break this habit. :-)

    • One Old Sage
      January 10, 2013

      I understand completely! No point in insulting our friends. :)

  4. Masala Chica
    January 9, 2013

    I have not learned that you can’t make everyone happy, no matter how hard you try and that sometimes, even if it’s once in a while, you have to put yourself first. Doing that is harder said than done.

    I have also not learned to not take the bad days to heart or how to let hurtful words pass. Instead I mull. I need to learn how to release and let go of other people weight, anger, hurts and not allow them to become mine.
    Kiran

    • One Old Sage
      January 9, 2013

      These are very difficult lessons to learn. Like you, I carry other people’s weight, anger, and hurts with me sometimes at my own expense. It is a challenge to give it up. I am getting better at it but sometimes the hurt we bring onto ourselves is worse than the hurt the other person is carrying. What we succeed in doing is making them feel a lot better. We then take the hurt from the next person and carry their weight. Soon something has to give and it is us. Learning to say “no” is tough. One thing I have learned as I get older is that I have wasted a lot of emotions on things that really aren’t my problems. But still…

      Keep working at it Masala Chica. You will prevail!

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