A new tomorrow – Day 23

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Day 23, Thursday: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you

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I just watched a documentary about New Coke, which appropriately throw me back to business school. Who did not study “the greatest marketing blunder” in modern time? In a weird way, this touches on what I want to write about in today’s post “Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you”. Everyone that went to business school studied the case of New Coke including the related do’s and don’ts theories. However, what no one told you was that all situations are just as unique as humans. Instead, we skipped out in the world with this tale as the guiding light.

Over the years I’ve become more and more reluctant to pass judgement what is right and wrong. Simply because what’s right for me may not be suitable for someone else. Plus my experiences will be uniquely different to someone else’s. Think about the advices we usually give to each other – guys, careers, looks – most often these are based on our own internal preferences what we want for ourselves.

More than anything, this is something I have observed living across cultures with different social codes. In Sweden, the standard family consist of two working parents. This because the society is built around creating independent individuals, who if something happened, would be able to care for oneself. Make sense. However, if one was to say that you are leaving your career to be a full time stay-home mom – expect nothing but zero understanding and long looks of pity. Remember, everyone is supposed to be successful with an amazing career. On the contrary; in India the norm is to stop working once  you have kids. In fact, when you become a mother you are expected to run the household and care for the kids and elderly, no matter you want or not.

In a weird way these two examples have something in common – any situational or person that doesn’t fall into the norm of what we are expected to do – will struggle to be understood. This just to tell you that there will always be a critical mass or perhaps a standard no matter what subject or object we are talking about. The point I’m trying to make is that no matter how many New Coke stories we study  – a new tomorrow will always present unique unexplored situations – where we only have ourselves and our own inner compass to listen too. And this my dear friends, is something I wish someone would have told me in school.

Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… probably)
Day 2, Thursday:
 Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)

Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don’t have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
Day 6, Monday: If you couldn’t answer with your job, how would you answer the question, ‘what do you do’?
Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you’re most afraid of
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill.
Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life…)
Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day – this could be “a photo an hour” if you’d like)
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your “lot in life” and how you’re working to overcome it
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18, Saturday: Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.
Day 19, Sunday: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you’re struggling with right now.
Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favourite posts in your archives
Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Day 23, Thursday: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you
Day 24, Friday: Your top 3 worst traits
Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad)
Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you’d like.
Day 27, Monday: A letter to your readers
Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post
Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go
Day 31, Friday: A vivid memory

Comments
2 Responses to “A new tomorrow – Day 23”
  1. so true… it is such a great lesson to learn, and opens so many doors for foreign, new, unexpected friendships. I do think I learned a bit of that at WAB, but I am lucky to have gone to a school that encourage and promote individuality – whatever that may imply.

    I posted this a while ago on facebook in case you didn’t see it:

    “Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.”
    – George Bernard Shaw

    I love this quote because it is cheeky but in my opinion fundamental when it comes to advice and guidance. Base your advice and actions on what is best for the person, not based on your values, wishes and tastes. (But that is just how I interpret it).

    I love this post Isabel. Keep up your inspiring thoughts!

    // jobo

  2. Jenni says:

    Hey there Isabel, you left me a very sweet comment over a week ago now, and I’m just now getting to the reply… I’m so sorry about that. But thank you for sharing a little with me about your sweet Grandmother. Loss is just hard. I miss my Grandma every day, and wear her class ring now. Makes me smile every time I see it on my finger. Hang in there, girl!

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