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Eighteen-year-old SAM POOLE goes to Highbury College and lives at Eastney, Portsmouth. Follow him on Twitter 

There is a continuous demand for what we need to understand. Technology, numbers, words, communication and so on.

It’s amazing what we learn over time and how it all comes together to influence our lives.

The society we live in is competitive, academic and hard-working.

We are taught that if we work hard, we can play hard. But with working hard, great amounts of time and understanding various areas are required. Then it seems as if we have little time to ourselves.

There have been frequent occasions when somebody has explained to me more than once how a particular area works.

Completely bewildered, I just didn’t understand and became frustrated and agitated.

It used to be that there was nothing that played on my mind quite like people understanding something I wished to know but didn’t click with.

Throughout my time of learning, there have been moments when I have reacted in this way.

Instead of getting myself into an emotional pickle each time – which was really ridiculous – I had learned that sometimes we just don’t ‘get’ something.

We’re not superhuman, we’re not expected to know everything back to front, so why do many of us get frustrated when we don’t?

We live in a time of competition, striving to be the best. However, when there is something we don’t understand, it all goes downhill.

For some, not knowing something may make their blood boil. So take a moment and acknowledge that it’s okay not to know everything.

It’s important to understand that in life we will face challenges (knowing specific things about particular areas being one of them).

But if we remain driven to understand, it will come together.

What would your first reaction be if you didn’t understand something and it seriously complicated your thoughts?

For some, they would respond with an unenthusiastic attitude that would discourage them understanding what may confuse them.

As for others, a positive attitude may result in less – if any –agitation, thus a more beneficial outcome.