Learning the Hard Way

After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.      — Sophia Loren

Today I learned the hard way that if I don’t answer a prompt in a timely manner my brain turns to mush on the subject.

I also learned not to ask my significant other what lessons he learned the hard way if I’m not prepared to listen to him get all nostalgic about how clueless he was in the ice and snow and all manner of polar regions in general, going on and on about it for well over forty minutes. Yes, I asked for it. I will not make that mistake again.

Long ago I learned that if a six-year-old eats an entire jar of pickles she will get a wicked stomach ache, just like her mother warned her. It appears I have been learning things the hard way ever since.

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