Life lessons

Require that actual living be done

Before they are learned

They cannot be learned in advance

Or by proxy

For the journey requires that we tread

The path ourselves

Barefoot

In direct contact with things that can

Delight us

Hurt us

Shock us

Grip us by the throat

For no one can walk our road

On our behalf

Or have their experience be a substitute for ours

The nature of life demands that it be lived

For what it is

The bitter mixed in with the sweet

The public life we share with others

And the private affairs few will ever know

Highs and lows

We may walk with others

Yet our trajectory remain ours

Alone.

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