If this is in the wrong place then I apologize. I was wondering if anyone on here was warned when they were young, that life has no relation to what the fiction writers make it out to be. That life can be dull as well as exciting. That boredom needs to be experienced. That friends disappoint and that everything in the garden is not constantly smelling of roses. For me growing up was looking forward to birthdays and getting to the age where I wouldn't need to ask for permission to do things. I wanted to be my own boss! I wanted to fly the flag of independence, but nobody warned me about the trials and tribulations that accompany the decision making process. The responsibilities I'd have to face and the many disappointments along the way. They don't teach these things in school and as far as I'm concerned these are ''facts of life''. Then I ask myself if someone had warned me, would I have paid attention and changed course??????????