I’ve lived ‘abroad’ for most of my life.
These are the lessons learnt from life abroad.
I like to think that I’ve learnt some life lessons along the way. Of course I forget them regularly. But this much I know is true.
- Set your own course through life and hold fast to your own ideals and principals. It’s all too easy to get swayed by the Jones’s – don’t even try to keep up with them. After living in caravans, tiny flats and remote destinations we also lived in some places where the emphasis was on the big house, plenty of household staff and expensive overseas holidays, but it was important to remember our own values about what was important to us as a family.
- There is only one true permanence throughout life and that’s Change, with a capital C. Embrace it, accept it, and move on. Life’s too short to dwell on what might have been.
- Our children are gifts. They might sometimes exceed all our expectations of the best gift in the world and they may not always be the exact gift we had hoped for. Treasure them. They will not be with you forever.
- Whether you are right or wrong in a domestic tussle, it doesn’t matter. Win or lose, if you love them, you’ll feel bad about being nasty when the fight is done. Power struggles, disappointment, resentment, difference of opinion will all rear their ugly heads. Keep your cool, be kind (always) and know that forgiveness is the only way to move forward. When you travel, the nuclear unit needs to be kept strong.
- Do the best you can at the time with the information you have available.
Short Quotes about Life Lessons
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent Van Gogh
“When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” Sydney J. Harris
“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” Arthur Rubinstein
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard
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