People have experiences in life that are unique in nature or similar in kind to another person’s. Through experiences we learn lessons, those insights that can provide growth, knowledge or behavioral responses. In Life 101: For the Young and Young at Heart, author Caren A. Adams collects and shares her life experiences in the form of lessons that are a summation of the author’s personal practices as well as friends and family’s life lessons. The book provides practical solutions to individuals searching for answers to life’s daily problems, challenges, or things in life we yearn to know more about. Adams provides information in the form of lessons coupled with her own wisdom.
The lessons are organized into one hundred and one chapters, each containing a life lesson, why you should do the lesson, and example of the lesson. The chapters range a gamut of topics from Well Being, Security, Religion, Relationships, and Politics to Organize, Health, Goals, Finances, Etiquette, Education, Charity and Career. The advice is practical, no-nonsense, and straight from the heart. The hope is that the reader finds comfort along with solutions to common occurrences in life, whether it be organizing one’s life, being independent, or managing finances. As you engage in reading the book, the advice ranges from “Find Something Constructive to do with Your Time” to “Get Rid of Credit Card Debt.” The consequence of lack of action regarding each lesson is the underpinning for why someone should take action.
One lesson which stands above the rest to me is To Learn to live in the moment. How we all struggle with this lesson, and I was anxious to hear more from the author. The author emphasizes focusing on dreams and living one’s dreams through being present in the moment. In other words, live and celebrate each accomplishment while you build up to the bigger goal. As I think about my own life, with all its daily chores, I can incorporate the author’s viewpoint and attempt to succeed in this life lesson.
Life 101 contains many lessons that can cause a person to stop and reflect about life. At the heart of a good book is the ability to inspire the reader to take action or cause the reader to think.
However, given the number of lessons in this book - one hundred and one in total - a reader might feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of insights. Adams would have made a greater impact by concentrating her effort on the key lessons or perhaps the top twenty greatest lessons. While the content is good, I would have liked to see more elaboration on key insights, less lessons and greater insight. Overall, I am giving this book an A for effort and content. The author has the makings of a great book but forgets that a person can only digest so much information.