Do you ever look back at your school days, whether that be elementary, high school or university, and think about all of the useful things that you could’ve been taught? We spent so much time learning about the Periodic Table, Pythagorean theorem and how to play the recorder that we didn’t have the opportunity to learn the things that would be valuable to us later in life. Sure, it would’ve been great if we learned how to cook, how to pay taxes, how to buy a car/house or basically anything else to do with finances. But think about how amazing it would be if we learned lessons to help us through the ups and downs of life. With that being said, here are 7 things I wish were taught in school.
1) Be kind to each other
This may sound like a silly one but it is SO important to be kind to each other. Without kindness and love, we have nothing. You’re probably thinking, “Why would we need someone to teach us how to be nice?” But it would probably be the most beneficial class. Think about it this way, you’re walking down the street and someone bumps into you and you drop everything you’re holding. They don’t help you clean up, they don’t even say sorry. How would you feel? I know I would feel upset and sad because if the roles were reversed, not only would I help pick everything up, I don’t think I would stop apologizing. Maybe it’s just me that would feel that way, but I truly feel that kindness is slowly disappearing from the world and we need to fix that before it completely fades away.
2) Don’t judge anyone
I can’t stress enough how important it is not to judge others. I don’t even know how we got to a place where it’s socially okay to judge someone on their race, gender, appearance, beliefs, sexual orientation, religion, status or anything else for that matter. For one thing, it shouldn’t be any of our business and it shouldn’t affect us unless that person is actually doing something wrong. I’m not going to lie, I used to make judgments because I’m human and it’s a natural thing. But ever since I’ve become aware of it and have stopped judging, I’ve become so much lighter. Just knowing that I’m letting everyone be who they are, I’ve been so much happier.
3) How to love ourselves
This definitely has to be one of the most important ones to me. I used to struggle a lot with self-love, but once I finally started appreciating and loving myself, I saw the world in a completely new light. We are the only ones that spend every second with ourselves, so why not make it a positive experience. Without love for ourselves, how are we supposed to love anyone else? I definitely think this should be taught to everyone, especially younger kids. In today’s day and age with social media, we are constantly comparing ourselves to others and that is the thief of all happiness and love.
4) It’s okay not to be okay
There will definitely be a whole other post on this one but it would’ve been so nice if we were taught that it’s perfectly okay not to be put together 100% of the time. I feel like so many people get the idea in their heads that they need to be perfect for everybody around them and when they’re not, they can’t show it. For pretty much all of high school I felt this way, so I hid everything I felt behind a smile. If only we were actually taught that it was okay not to be okay, I would’ve learned to show my emotions a lot sooner.
5) Mistakes are okay. They’re great, actually.
I used to look at mistakes as failures. What I never realized was that mistakes are just another opportunity to grow. We would never learn anything without a little trial and error and honestly I think the world would be a boring place if everybody were perfect. If we were taught that mistakes were essential to our growth, we all wouldn’t be so hard on ourselves.
6) You don’t need to stress over everything
Thinking back to high school all I ever did was stress. Stress about my self-worth, about my grades, about the opinions of others. Stressing about almost everything took away so much of my happiness. I didn’t know how to control it until after high school and now looking back, I realized that there was absolutely no reason to stress. It should definitely be something that teachers talk about with their students because I could only imagine how much happier I would’ve been if I wasn’t constantly worrying.
UGH if only there was a self-care course!! So many people experience things where they don’t know how to properly take care of themselves, nor know how to ask for help because they feel shamed if they do. It should be mandatory to talk about how to handle situations when we’re not ourselves. If I look back to high school, many of my friends, including myself, used methods of coping that weren’t healthy. Never was anything of this sort spoken about in classes because it was taboo to bring up mental health as well as the techniques to appropriately assist us.
These are just a few of the essential lessons I think would be super beneficial to know as we grow up and start experiencing the world. So if you do one thing today, please take something from this list that you can integrate into your life and someone else’s as well.