How Life Experiences Build You as a Person

Nov 20, 2021 | Live it Not in it

How Life Experiences Build You as a Person

It is funny how life experiences build you as a person. Life is full of fun, happy, exciting, hilarious, and even unexpected experiences. Some of these experiences are dark at times and can be life-changing. 

But whatever you are going through, expect that these experiences are bound to teach you a lesson and build your character as a person. It might not happen right away, but when you look at the big picture, you will realize that the experiences you’ve had were there to help you find your purpose and calling. 

Life Experiences Build Your Skills

When I was younger, my parents would always remind me of the things that I shouldn’t neglect. It could be as simple as making my bed, taking out the trash, learning how to wash my clothes, etc. I hated doing them, being honest. 

As a pre-teen, you tend to think that your parents will be with you forever and that they will always help you with everything, right? Little did I know that those tasks that my parents reminded me of would be helpful to me in the future. 

Looking back as an adult now, I realized that my basic skills came from these experiences. I learned to cook at an early age, so now I don’t have to worry about cooking a meal for myself or visitors. Learning these simple tasks teaches responsibility and allows for a higher level of function and really helps through adulthood. 

Let this show you that developing specific skills does not happen overnight. It takes months of practice and years to master. You are a lifelong learner, you are continuously learning with every interaction and conversation. 

Life Experience Build Your Personality Traits

Each of our experiences is unique. These experiences help shape the characteristics that we hold to this day. Say a child who grew up in a poor household. They may feel the need to become rich as an adult. A child who experienced bullying may feel the need to become strong [1]. You can take any experience and use it as a driver for your positive goals. 

Individuals develop their personality traits with the goal of fulfilling their needs. They may not always be conscious of why, but their minds continue to seek ways to meet and satisfy those needs. 

Remember, you still have a choice to hone these traits. You can choose whether or not to develop the qualities that your experience gave you or change some of the characteristics associated with that experience. How life experiences build you as a person is sometimes tricky. Sometimes it is for good and, at times, for the bad. Learn to distinguish the two, and you will be alright in the end. 

Life Experiences Build Your Spirituality

When we talk about spirituality, it is not always about religion. Being spiritual is about believing in a Higher Power than yourself. The best example of a life experience that helped build a person’s spirituality is the pandemic. 

The chaos that the pandemic brought to us made us question everything. Some people question the existence of God, while others have created an even closer relationship with God [2]. 

Whatever the reason is, life experiences have taught us to build our spirituality, one way or another. It taught us to see the good in everything and even gave us hope when it felt like everything was falling apart. Remember,  never lose sight of what is ahead of you. Having a simple mantra is a common, a few words of affirmation or something motivational to help get you through a tough situation. 

Life Experiences Are An Opportunity for You to Grow

Overall, life has a funny way of teaching us lessons. It’s up to you to take them to heart or dismiss it. These life experiences came our way to help us grow

While there are moments when we feel like giving up, not giving in is the lesson that came with it. Let the experiences we face teach us to be better people and not bitter as we go about our lives. After all, life is a journey; embrace the adventure!