Experience is the best teacher. How often do we hear or even read this proverb? Perhaps, more than tens, or hundreds. Since a child, we have often heard this. Our parents, teachers, or even the book we’re reading always remind us about this meaningful word. To tell the truth, it is simple, easy to understand, but too hard to apply.
I think it’s simple in that it contains only a few words. Furthermore, it is easy to understand considering we can easily understand this proverb without the need of posing questions. To make a proof, let’s notice what the book producers have done. They provide this meaningful word at the bottom of their product, despite for children. I think, however, it is too hard to apply considering there are many people still trapped in the self-same problems, which they in fact are to solve. Then, what does it mean? Do they not learn from the experience they achieved and experienced?
Experience is anything we experienced from our lives; a minute before, yesterday, a week before, a month before, or perhaps a year before. Whatever we experience in our past might be thought experience.
To look into its name, experience is the interaction between our world and sense or perception. It may lead one to know, which then stays in his/her memory to be a new knowledge. It means that experience teachers us many things. The more experience we have, the more knowledge we acquire. It teaches us how to live, what to do in our lives. If today, for example, we stumble on stone on the road, then tomorrow we will avoid it or even put and throw it away so as not to wound anyone else since we know what a pain to stumble on stone is. If today we should arrive home in wet due to the hard rain, then tomorrow we will ensure our raincoat has been in our bag.
Well, that’s the way experience works. It reminds us that there was a wrong and should not be repeated now. Also, it reminds us that we did our tasks well with the result of keeping it on track or improve it to a quite better condition. Experience is much like a manual guide as we are buying a product. It guides and teaches us to live a better life.
Our past is a history. The history provides us with experience though sometimes it is not as good as we imagine. The experience provides us with guidance in our life. Then, it is necessary that we not close our eyes to what we experienced in our past life. Our past is not just a piece of time with no meaning. Our past is a source of experience, which, when we are willing to think and contemplate, can be seeds to plant wisdom in our life. Experience is a teacher, which we should pay for with a high cost or perhaps in free. Experience is everything, anything, and something.