I believe life is like a chocolate cake in that it has layers that teach lessons.

Kassandra - PHX, Arizona
Entered on April 15, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

Throughout life we are continually learning lessons and applying them to everyday situations. I believe life is like a chocolate cake in that it has layers that teach lessons. The first layer is chocolate cake; it is just the beginning. The second layer is the espresso butter cream filling; it is the glue that holds everything together. The third layer is pound cake; it is what puts the reality on life.

Early on in life I learned that practice, practice, practice makes perfect. This layer represents the first layer of the chocolate cake. When I was a child this was the first lesson I learned. I learned this lesson when taking my first steps in this world. I was continually trying to walk; no matter how many times I fell down I got up and tried again. This proved to me that practice makes perfect. Today in life, I use this lesson numerous times. For instance, when I was going to culinary school, it took a many times to perfect certain recipes. For example, one of the things we had to make in my baking class was chocolate cigarettes. This was one of many recipes I had much difficulty with. When making chocolate cigarettes, you have to spread the chocolate thin on the table and wait for it to be some what dry before using your scraper to curl the chocolate up to form a cigarette. This was difficult for me because it was the middle of a very hot summer and my work station in class was by a window. Half of the chocolate would dry faster that the other half and it made it very difficult. Still today I have learned that hard work and effort pay off; I do this by practice, practice, practice.

A positive outlook keeps me going in life. I learned that no matter what happens today it will be better tomorrow. Even though some days in life are remarkably incredible and other days are awful, by having a positive outlook it helps me keep going. For instance, I had a bad day at work, and I was really tired. I thought the day was never going to end, but I got through it and the next day was better. I know just about everyone has those days. What I mean is that everyone has moments when they think it is never going to get better but then as time passes it gets easier. That is why this lesson having a positive outlook resembles the espresso butter cream filling in a cake. It is the glue that keeps it all together.

I learned that responsibility is everything. This layer of the cake represents pound cake; it is the reality of life. Now that I am growing as a mature adult, I have learned that this lesson is extremely important to me. I have learned that I have to take responsibility for my own actions to succeed. In order to succeed, I have to expand my boundaries and broaden my mind to further my future. For example, currently I decided to go back to school and further my career so I eventually can obtain a better job. I am working part time and going to school part time and trying to be responsible for getting my school work done and paying my bills on time. This can be difficult. That is why responsibility is everything to me.

I believe life is like a chocolate cake in that it has layers that teach lessons. The lesson practice, practice, practice makes perfect, is a very important lessons to me; it tells me that if I try hard I can succeed in just about everything I do. A positive outlook is what keeps my going. This proves to me that no matter what happens today it will get better tomorrow. Responsibility is everything to me especially right now in life. I use these lessons in life to help me with everyday situations if not at school, but also work.