10 Oct Lessons Dr. Seuss taught me and how I apply them to my twenty-something life
Sometimes in life (okay, most of the time) you find yourself giving advice and never taking it. Often times, the things we know or speak of happen from experience or, in particular, what we’re taught to believe. The most simplest of teachings like “say please and thank you” is one of the earliest things we learn as children. Now, this is not to say everyone follows what they learn as a kid but, me being the star-child that I am (this is inserted sarcasm)…I would say I did a pretty damn good job at “following the rules”… more or less. Thanks to one Theodor Seuss Geisel also-known-as Dr. Seuss.
If you didn’t read any of his books as a kid — just know you have been deprived. So head to your nearest bookstore or library (if those still exist) and pick up Hop on Pop or The Lorax. While it may all sound childish that a 23-year-old is suggesting you to go read children’s fiction here are some of the various lessons you probably didn’t realize you learnt to prepare you for your twenties, which is a seriously effed up purgatory between pubescent fun and crows feet.
Lesson 1: Be whoever the fuck you want because only you can do it best.
How Dr. Seuss worded it: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you’er than you.”
Lesson 2: You win some, you lose some — get over it.
How Dr. Seuss worded it: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Lesson 3: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take (said one Wayne Gretzky) so stop being a lazy ass and do what you say you’re going to do.
How Dr. Seuss worded it: “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
Lesson 4: Love yourself. Your body. Your mind. But Dr. Seuss I’m still gonna hit the gym because like any high priced good, maintenance is crucial. You betta werk!
How Dr. Seuss worded it: You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you’re in.
Lesson 5: Stop over-thinking every situation. Not everyone is going to feel you and maybe you’re not going to know why everything happens … just let it go.
How Dr. Seuss worded it: “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
Lesson 6: Every day is an opportunity to learn, you’re not going to know everything so don’t be closed-minded.
How Dr. Seuss worded it: “It’s better to know how to learn than to know”
Lesson 7: You do you for you, bae.
How Dr. Seuss worded it: “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
Lesson 8: Appreciate what you have because one day it could all be gone. And all that bad shit = let bygones be bygones. Deuces.
How Dr. Seuss worded it: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.”