Education is one of the most valuable treasures for the human being. Parents celebrate the triumph of their children and young people feel fulfilled when they finish their steps through school. But how is the human being prepared for the school of life?
A school in which we enter without an instruction manual and there are no perfect mathematical formulas that guarantee passing through it with good grades. Many times, we give more importance in acquiring knowledge and information than to learn how to apply that knowledge. We forget the development of emotional intelligence. We do not develop skills to handle emotions and when we face the lessons that life gives us we do not know how to handle them.
At the first strike, frustration or disappointment we go to the floor. Therefore, we must teach our children lessons so that they learn that the moon is not made of cheese and that life is complicated. We must not solve the lessons and trials that life gives them. We must support them in the search for solutions without giving the immediate result. Otherwise, we are hanging them in the school of life.
Triumph is not measured only by knowledge and money that accumulates. It is measured by the balance between those achievements and the happiness we experience when we enjoy them. It is measured when we can face the challenges of life with integrity and learn to taste the joy and pain. The lessons in the school of life do not end. They are continuous and the exams to test us are always unexpected.
Each cycle of our lives brings us experiences, emotions, and feelings that are unique and wonderful. If we can acquire knowledge and experience of each of these lessons, we will achieve the greatest goal in life, which is happiness.
María M. García, BA, MA