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I Am Wise Beyond My Years

My rough upbringing and my crazed life over the last year has made me a complete stranger to my friends. I feel like they don't understand me -- lol, I feel like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall! Where he loses all his memory and everyone has a different perception of him!

I'm 23, but many of my friends act like teenagers and younger. They have not seen the pain and anguish I have experienced, they don't know the first thing about taking care of a family, taking care of themselves, or even genuinely sacrificing yourself for the sake of another person's well-being.

For me, wisdom doesn't just come from what you've seen, it's more about what you did about it. The way you choose to change your life for the better, or how you solve your problems and learn for the future, that's wisdom. When you finally have the guts to say no to people who hurt you, or no yourself when you're trying to kick a bad habit (drinking, biting nails, etc.) - that's wisdom. That's growth.

It's just amazing to me, amazing at how much I have changed. How much I have changed my perception of everything. I don't know why but I felt I had to share this here.

chancesbreathe chancesbreathe 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 29, 2009

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stormynightsky, i agree!

"For me, wisdom doesn't just come from what you've seen, it's more about what you did about it."<br />
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I think experiences definitely help to make you stronger, and wiser, and better prepared for future experiences.

wisdom is indeed all about hard won experience. I think maybe what you're describing here is self-confidence, however. Wisdom can come from failure as much as success.