...you either throw them back or make lemonade. Or do nothing and get a good clunk in the head.
Life is a constant learning experience, which gives us as women's fiction authors plenty of ammo to use for a rite of passage story. This theme encompasses many different avenues of emotional pain and torment. In its most basic form, rite of passage is about a specific life transition and how the main character handles the dramatic change.
Often times, when we reach some kind of pinnacle revelation about life during adulthood, it has a way of relating back to some misunderstanding of life during our youth. To emphasize with just one example of this theme, here is one of my all-time favorite songs by Reba McEntire -- the story of Fancy Rae Baker.