How Much Math Do You Remember from High School?

Holy crap, I was the worst math student ever.

I was a straight-A student everywhere else, but math was just the worst. Can you relate?

In high school I had all advanced classes except for switching to the most basic math class I could take. And before big exams I even had my uncle tutor me. Even so, I think I still only pulled off a B!

But my teachers kept saying, “Math is so important. You’ll really be thankful for this one day.”


Hmm. If I had a dime for every time I’ve needed the Pythagorean Theorem in my daily life…

But, now that you mention it, Mrs.Sayso, I could actually really use some information on how to stay sane when I can’t stand my boss. And, actually, now that I’m an adult, I’m getting sick quite often because I’m just not sure how to handle stress at work. Does Pythagorus have any words of wisdom for me there?

Oh, and thanks for the surprise that math actually isn’t what I need for real life at all. What I need is direction towards happiness, less stress and a better way to connect with my true self that will help me find a career I can stomach (and maybe a good calculator). What have you got in that category?

Sarcasm aside, I don’t blame my teachers or the system. That’s just the way it is. And, yes, math is important in some ways, but I believe practical skills from how to do one’s own taxes to stress management would be a more well-rounded education.

Thankfully, I think we’re moving towards this now and if it’s not yet in schools, there’s a lot more literature out there on being your best, happiest, true-to-your-gut self than when I was a teenager (this blog is one too, BTW).

As adults, we need to take responsibility; it’s like the definition of adult, really. So we take our education, our happiness and our joy into our own hands.

It’s not anyone else’s fault but our own – true!

But the good news? It’s also our prerogative to make changes to situations, schedules or routines that don’t make us completely in love with our lives every day.

Some of the big ones like job, career, relationship may have to wait while we figure out another way, but we will.

We’re big now. We can find ways to solve big problems. Pythagorus at least showed us that.

What are your biggest problems right now?
How are you figuring out another way?

This week could be a great new start. Instead of Sunday night blues, how about Sunday night planning? Ask yourself what an ideal week at your job would look like. What is one thing you can do to make something like that – or exactly that – happen?

I’d love to hear the plan and support you on the Being Thirties Facebook page. 

And If you’d like a good read on how to fall in love with your adult life, get your free copy of “Successful Goal-Making for 30-Somethings.” at

Or, if you’re ready to jump in today, let’s talk!
Get in touch at to discuss personal coaching for grown-ups on how to be a happy grown-up:)


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