Undergrad? More like nevergrad.

I don’t have any type of formal education. I have some college under my belt, but by most standards I am considered an uneducated man. I have gained my intellect through life experiences both good and bad, just like many of us have. I always have wanted to get a college degree for one reason, to prove I can do it. That’s it. You would think that there would be more to it than that considering I work 50+ hours a week for right around $18 bucks an hour. You would figure that a degree would help improve some of those financial burdens, if nothing else. But there is something that I learned a long time ago in the world of both blue and white collar worlds; it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Now, I’m not typing this to give an excuse for my ignorance. In fact, I would argue that life has taught me far more than any institution could have due to my personal circumstances. I’ve learned some of the most important lessons in life by just paying attention to my surroundings, or, breaking down in detail my experiences. So, today, I’m going to give you ten things I’ve learned throughout the course of my life that I hope will become a benefit to you as well.

  1. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Or, as the great Bob Ross would say, “just happy little accidents.” Hell, can a guy with that marvelous of an afro lead you astray? No. The answer is no.
  2. Forgiveness isn’t about just those who wronged you, it’s about removing the stain from your soul and saying, “ I forgive your actions, but you’re damn right I’m keeping the receipts.” 
  3. The world has plenty of information, but not enough inspiration. Hell, we’re living amidst a technological revolution. I’m technologically illiterate, so I am so screwed when robot armies come to take control of the universe. I pray to God the answer to stopping them is CTRL, ALT, DEL or I’m in deep… If you see someone doing something you thrive or know about, lend a hand. Abruptly sanitize it afterwards, but put yourself out there for others
  4. Fancy objects will never fill the voids you have, so stop surrounding yourself with material things. Spend your money on experiences, travel, the good bottle of booze and fine dining. Those memories keep on giving.
  5. It is one-hundred times harder to burn off the calories, than to refrain from consuming them in the first place. Your body is a temple (mine is a studio on the wrong side of the tracks that needs some work, but you get the point). 
  6. Yelling always makes things worse unless you’re at a Blackhawks game.
  7. Everyone you meet is better than you at something, Yes, even Phil in accounting. Even though he xerox’s his ass, he is fluent in Manderin. 
  8. Notice every time throughout the course of a day that you set aside your personal well being and feelings to right by someone else. I’m not saying don’t ever do that. But what i am saying is you cannot help others if you don’t take care of yourself first. “Look out for number one, but don’t step in number two.” – Rodney Dangerfield
  9. Extend the same amount of love and grace to yourself as you do to others. You’re worth it. 
  10. Finally, this is a big one for all my mental health advocates out there, so take notes: Nine times out of ten the thing you spend most of your time worrying about, never happens. And, the thing that you never account for always hops in your lap. Don’t stress over things you cannot control. This takes tons of work, but your cortisol levels will thank you.

I hope you guys have a wonderful (insert proper time here)!

One Love.

Joshua         

8 thoughts on “Undergrad? More like nevergrad.

  1. I often told students I know a little about many things and not a lot about any one thing. I’ve been good at convincing most people I know more than I do. My husband and I have vastly different levels of and types of education. That used to bother him, so I say I don’t have the kind of knowledge that will save a life during the zombie apocalypse. He does.
    One of the challenges in teaching is convincing kids they have “expertise” their teachers, such as myself, don’t have, that it’s good we all differ in terms of our knowledge. The world doesn’t need all of us to be English and speech teachers.
    All this is to say I both agree and disagree. As an educator it was my job to promote education, and as a woman who is a boomer (sorry about that. I had no choice) I had few options other than college and a career. However, it was also my job to help kids see all possibilities and keep doors open so they could choose from a variety of career options. We need more plumbers, electricians, welders, etc. I learned much of what I know from listening to student speeches on a variety of topics.
    I love the Rodney Dangerfield reference. He was one of a kind. Clever: “Insert proper time here.) Bob Ross did have a stellar head of hair.

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    1. I understand, women’s options weren’t very many at all thanks to the 14th amendment and the million of different ways plantifs and defendants can swing them in front of the Supreme Court. I have the deepest respect for teachers and their resilience. You face as much adversity on a daily basis as just about any other profession.
      You guys are heros!

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  2. Thanks for your tips. There is a lot of heavy stuff out there tonight and I needed levity. But I love the part of “removing the stains from your soul,” some days it talks the whole Tide stick.

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  3. I enjoyed reading your slice! I really connected with lesson #4: “Spend your money on experiences, travel, the good bottle of booze and fine dining. Those memories keep on giving.” I lost a friend last June… and I’m so thankful we took the time to travel and experience life and create memories.

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