Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do, and how to be, I learned from Steampunks. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but out in the Aether, all the Time.
These are the things I learned:
Share my knowledge of makering, but not my trade secrets.
Play at fairs.
Don't hit people, unless their persona enjoys it or welcomes it or demands it.
Put things back where you found them, unless it is a fabulous Estate Sale find, then buy it.
Clean up your own mess of springs, cogs, flotsam and jetsam.
Don't take gears that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody by stealing their art.
Wash the rust off your hands before you eat.
Flush, unless it is a privy at a festival.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you if you finish it off with hot buttered rum.
Live a balanced life. This means lots of cosplay and anachronism.
Take a nap every afternoon in a Tardis.
When you go out into the world, watch for airship traffic, hold gloved hands and stick together against evil pirates.
Be aware and harness the power, of lightening and thunder.
Remember the little seed in the wooden cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and steam goats and white rabbits and even the little seed in the wood cup -- they all die. So do we, then we go to Clockwork Heaven where there isn't a drop of glue, anywhere.
And then remember the book The Time Machine and the second word you learned, the biggest word of all: Time. We only have so much of it and it should be spent with people we love, doing what we love doing.
**This is based on "Everything I need to know, I learned in Kindergarten" but with a Steampunk twist to it. I hope you enjoy this and it brings a smile to your face. And that's one more thing to remember. Smile-Early and Often.