Monday, January 7, 2013

A Learning Experience

"A learning experience is one of those things that say, 'You know that thing you just did?  Don't do that.'" - Douglas Adams

One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite authors, that one is.

Nearly everybody gets it, too.  We all have learning experiences, right?  Not all of us learn from those learning experiences, and all of us don't always learn from those learning experiences, but for the most part, most of us learn from most of them, which happens to be why they're still called learning experiences rather than just "sucky times."

Fer example: touching something hot.  All of us did that at least once when we were kids, right?  You did it once, and it said, "You know what you just did?  Don't do that."  Some, possibly even most, of us figured it out then.  Others had to touch it again, though, once, twice, or even more times.  Heck, I know guys who are still building fires every time life presents them with a fire pit just so they can keep trying it out.

Another example: Monday mornings.  Some people get the idea the first time and never get up on a Monday morning ever again.  Most of us don't; we just keep suffering as we lumber on about our Monday morning business, complaining about our Monday morning tortures.

And I'm one of the guilty.