I wish I knew few things after I graduated from college, I wish that I knew the real world where people pay taxes, involved in debt, and mostly use the money they don’t have to impress the people they don’t even know, let alone they like. It such a different world when I was in school.

In a school-related environment, everything can be predicted with ease, even when I didn’t really like the situation, I can assure my self that one day I will get out from there. But once I got out from there, boy, the reality slapped me hard.

After graduating, I actually must re-build my self, the black or white, good or bad point of view is a useless and immature way of seeing things or people or the past. Sin and grace, low and high, rich and poor, love and hate, sad and happy are also a very debatable concept since everyone can have their own understanding based on their own unique experiences and situation in life.

In real life, I also struggle to shed all of my own fear and expectancy and disappointment to find my true self. And if you are treating yourself good enough, kind enough, you’ll start to grow. There’s no actual “schedule” in real life. There’s no mid-exam and final exam. Life will give lemon at her will ( and lately, she is giving lots of lemon, sigh!), there’s no prep course, and if you’re actually doing good, well more lemons, more lessons and yes you will grow into a wise and charming person.

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

Tom Bodett

No matter where you are right now in life, fresh graduate, newlywed, brokenhearted, financially broke, job seeker, just lost your job, just finalized your divorce, a new mom with the first baby, etc.. please remember to be grateful, every season have its flavor, it may not within your favorite ranges of flavor, but it surely makes you a better and stronger person. May you and your loved ones always be safe and healthy and surrounded by kindness.

Cheers, Ririnkoko

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