Do you need adversity to gain experience?

I had an interesting chat the other day with my boyfriend. A chat, well, maybe an argument, about adversity.

As there is a relatively large age gap between us, he does have a considerable amount of “experience” on me. He has been exposed to many life”events, both negative and positive, and thus through experiencing adverse situations, has gained valuable life lessons and wisdom. I, on the otherhand, am 22 years young and don’t have as much “experience” as he does yet I think I know a lot, and have been through, a lot for someone my age. Although I haven’t been exposed to as many negative situations as he has (betrayal, backstabbing, being taken advantage of, learning from stupid mistakes, etc.), I believe my experiences thus far have been substantial for a person my age. I have been fortunate enough to have been graced a number of events in my lifetime and have been preventative of stupid decisions by witnessing my peers’ situations that have gone wrong. In fact, I think it’s generally smarter to see where my colleague’s have failed and learned from them to have that not happen to myself. In the end, I believe you don’t need adversity to have sufficient life experience.