What can I learn from disaster?
October 7, 2010 7:52 PM Subscribe
What steps can I take to reduce the risk of, or prepare myself for, common disasters in life? The first time my hard drive crashed, I learned to back up my data regularly; when a friend's dad had a heart attack when I was younger, I learned how to eat healthily and exercise; it took a root canal for me to realise that brushing my teeth isn't enough. I've also learned the hard way that just because a young woman asks you out, doesn't mean that you can skip the step where you ask, "Hey, uh, you don't have a boyfriend, do you?"
I'd like to learn more of these vital lessons without having to go through the disaster part first. Have you learned things from surviving a disaster, that you can pass on? I'm most interested in things that happen to nearly everyone: having a hard drive crash, losing your parents, stuff like that, but if there are other things I should know, I'd like to hear those, too.
posted by surenoproblem to education (51 answers total) 162 users marked this as a favorite
By the way, don't worry, I'm not someone who sits around worrying about terrible things happening to me. It was just that I realised over the last couple of years that many of the most life-changing lessons I've learned, came as a result of some rather dramatic experiences.
Thanks a lot.