Here are my lessons. The number in the brackets is the age I was at at the time the lesson was learnt.  Having a best friend and a good family makes life happy.  The best manipulators and educational liars are teachers.  Having no mother feels good.  Dont trust your dad.  Having a girlfriend doesnt make you happy. Having the one you want does. [17-20] Education is much better in other countries.  Distant family members can be hostile.  A degree doesnt guarantee work.  Completing certain courses give you work.  Commitment and hard work double your salary.  Surgeries and other cosmetic changes wont make you look good.  Tattoos are bad.  If you try find a job and keep it, it isnt enough to have a good job experience.  PUA is <Mod Edit Rule 9> BS.  You can enjoy life in many ways.  Concept of freedom is ill-defined in most people's heads.  You must deviate from how the average person thinks and acts to experience success.  Be careful of drawing conclusions from emotional state.  Dont deny pain, acknowledge it and, if you can learn from it. What were yours?