“Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My god, do you learn.”
C. S. Lewis
One of the most profound things I have learned over the past few years is that you don’t have to wait until something one is experiencing becomes “history” before you can learn from it.
We are all capable of detaching ourselves from the moment and observing in a non-emotional and rational manner. The experience might indeed be a brutal teacher, but if we can teach ourselves to learn “in the moment” instead of waiting for hindsight, we will be much better off.
Learning to pause, detach, observe, reflect, and learn might the most important skills you ever develop.