When you are young, you don’t know what you don’t know

Yesterday, we talked about that in life, there will be many things you will not realize until you reach a certain age. Click here to read it. This is of course we are talking about the future–so many unknowns in the future. Now let’s talk about the past. Since we will only have access to certain new information in the future, that means certain information we know now may not be available to us in the past.

Or, for another words, when we are young, we don’t know what we don’t know.

This is truer and than true. Or I guess, could this be any more true? This is probably one of the worst feelings ever because I know now, in my early 20’s, I have yet to know everything. There are some information I know that I don’t know. But what’s more frustrating is that I don’t know what I don’t know and only time will tell–that is, by the passage of time. I feel like I am learning how to write a critical thinking essay all over again. I remember the time when my professor gave me the worst suggestion and told me to “look into the paragraphs.” I hated it when my professor said that because she was certainly not helping since, that time, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. And as a result, I did horrible in my writing classes. Interestingly, a couple years later, I found myself sitting on the other side of the table. Not only am I a writing tutor, I am also currently running two websites where I post articles regularly. I guess life does go in a circle doesn’t it. My bad grades in those writing classes did not affect my passion for writing. Instead, it helped me to become a better writer and I also got to relate better to those young freshman. Heck, when I was young I never knew such a thing would happen because this is something I didn’t know.

Another thing that reflects the underlined words is inexperience–and innocence. One of my biggest regrets is that I did not listen enough. We all revolve around a continuously viscous cycle. That is: Young people don’t listen, and they make their mistakes, and then they learn from their mistakes, and 25 years later, they say the same exact shit to their kids ans their kids don’t listen! It’s the same god damn thing!! So next time, if your teenage cousins or niece, or your imaginary kids do not listen to some good advice from the elders, please do not get upset at them because you were in their shoes just a few years ago. And you know this crap: When you are young, you don’t know what you don’t know. In life, there will be many things you will not realize until you reach a certain age. So don’t blame them for being stupid. It will get better from there.


Have a great day,

–J.H. Yeh



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