A beautiful quote from the legendary Abraham Lincoln that very much resembles a proverb we often use in Bulgaria:
Don’t ask the old one, ask the one who has suffered.
Meaning that wisdom and knowledge aren’t necessarily qualities of the elderly. You may be young but you may have suffered (experienced) a lot.
Which reminds me of another thought:
Suffering is knowledge. And while the accent isn’t on suffering but on experience, often the experiences that teach us the most are painful.
To go back to Lincoln’s quote, he uses the word “life” – it’s the life in your years that counts. And of course life isn’t only suffering (although in countries like Bulgaria often the focus is more on the negative stuff simply because people have experienced much of it), but also life is full of pleasure and happiness.
Life with its spectrum of experiences is our best teacher. And you can learn as much for an year as someone else will learn in their whole life. And sometimes there are times in our lives when we consolidate what we’ve learned while at other times we learn intensively.
At the end of the day, it’s living our lives that counts.
Do you share this same understanding? Have you ever felt you’re going through an intense course of learning and growing up?