Someone once said that the trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson. Oscar Wilde wrote: “Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.” While Aldous L. Huxley wrote: “Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.”

Adversity introduces us to our strengths— including those that we may not even know we had. Although everyone would like a warranty that gets us through life without any accidents, damage or adversity—this is just not how the game of life gets played.

At this stage in our lives, we’ve all had plenty of tests that have challenged our strength and fortitude. Certainly there were times we questioned whether we could handle the load. Some situations and people may have even made us question whether we could even trust ourselves.

Our years add experiences— good, bad and ugly. It’s all a numbers game as we grow and learn, becoming different people than we were yesterday. Every day we’re absorbing new information, forming different ideas and expanding our possibilities. Today congratulate yourself. You’re reading this today, so you still have a working mind. Things are looking up!

Note: This photo is from a modeling shoot for clothing designer Rachel Comey. I arrived as requested: no makeup, clean unstyled hair, bare nails. To my surprise, I did not get ushered into the makeup and hair stylist. Instead, the photos were all taken with “bare naked” in one beautiful outfit after another. I’ll admit, this campaign pushed me into uncharted territory…and it was empowering.

This is Silver Disobedience® philosophy. I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience A Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People.  More info in my bio & my websites.

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