We can call this Connections Week on Deadsplinter. I’m going to sound like the old I am and remember the times when TLC was known as The Learning Channel and not Touch Little Children. They had some wonderful educational programming that used to entertain as well as educate. My favorite show was this British show called Connections hosted by James Burke. He would take all this separate facts and link them together in a brilliant piece of mind blowing trivia. I loved that series even though it hurt to think watching a weekend marathon of the show while hung over.
Coping skills -> Life Hacks -> Life Skills -> ?????
What brought this blather about life skills was a good friend of mine asked me to be his son’s “local” contact as he goes to the same university his father and I went to. I was reminded that I was wholly unprepared for living on my own and really fucked things up as a university student. Despite making a dog’s breakfast of things, I did learn to live on my own but it took over a decade. What life skills do you think that a young person preparing for adulthood should learn on the way?
My two cents:
One of my few regrets in life is that I wished I had listened to my mom more about cooking and put more effort as opposed to the half assed way I approached it. The money I would have saved from not throwing out poorly made food and ordering pizza would have all been invested… and lost in the stock market now (no, I’m not cynical or jaded at all.)
Actual listening skills aka active listening.