Wednesday, October 07, 2015

43 Life Lessons

Having a birthday this past September gave me reason to look at my life and be grateful for 43 years. 43 years of learning, struggling, challenges, failures, accomplishments, disasters, heartbreak, and achievements. That is a lot to pack into such a short life. And yet, in the day-to-day it's easy to get overwhelmed by things and lose sight of the blessings in life.
I've been compiling lists of "life lessons" that make sense to me.

  1. It’s never a waste of time to love someone. Even when they are no longer around.
  2. I never regret the times I chose kindness. But I still feel sorry about the times I didn’t.
  3. Most times feeling the pain is easier than avoiding it. Avoiding pain makes it last longer. 
  4. Anything worthwhile is a process.
  5. Few things beat a good belly laugh.
  6. Speak from your heart
  7. Give kind, positive feedback as often as you possibly can
  8. Hugs and kisses are beautiful and greatly appreciated
  9. Be grateful for your family and always stay connected with them
  10. Stand up for the people that you love and be willing to fight for them, if necessary.
  11. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
  12. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  13. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  14. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  15. Believe in miracles. They occur even without your faith.
  16. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  17. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  18. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  19. Walk softly and carry a big stick.
  20. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  21. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  22. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  23. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  24. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  25. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  26. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  27. Be kind to yourself.
  28. Respect yourself.
  29. Fish or cut bait.
  30. Results don’t happen overnight.
  31. Count your blessings every day
  32. It’s ok to take a break now and then.
  33. If I don’t take care of myself, I have nothing.
  34. Getting something done is better than getting something perfect.
  35. Don't spend time with people who don't treat you well.
  36. Sometimes going to sleep is more important than coming up with another life lesson.
  37. The ride has not always been easy. Sometimes, I wanted to push the eject button. Looking back, I survived it all. And I’m a better person for it.
  38. Appreciate the beauty of where you are.
  39. Take lots of photos of people you care about.
  40. Be romantic and remember important dates, experiences, and events.
  41. Have an opinion on everything!
  42. Be willing to admit when you made a mistake.
  43. Laugh loudly and often.

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