Yesterday, I celebrated my fiftieth trip around the sun, which, is a nice way of saying that I entered old age. I’m not complaining; growing older certainly beats the alternative, which is dying young. It’s also true what they say: with age comes wisdom. Today, I’m grateful for the years that I have had on this planet, gaining that wisdom. That said, here are 50 truths that I have discovered…
Family first. Always.
A day without laughter is a wasted day.
Worrying about tomorrow steals joy from today.
True friends are a rare commodity; cherish them.
Much like a garden, love requires careful tending.
This, too, shall pass.
Time heals all wounds.
A glass of wine, a bubble bath, and a good foot massage go a long way in righting a day that has gone wrong.
Your word is the most valuable piece of currency you possess; share it judiciously, and honor it when you do.
You have to take care of yourself, if you are to take care of others.
Having healthy boundaries is not the same thing as being selfish; it’s ok to say no without explanation.
You cannot curate a perfect life.
Strive to gain trust from others, not envy.
Your opinion is exactly that: YOUR opinion. Not everyone will share it, most people don’t care to hear it, and, it certainly won’t kill you to keep it to yourself.
Confidence is quiet, insecurity is loud.
Not everyone will like you. You won’t like everyone.
You don’t have to like someone, or be liked by them, to be nice to them.
Broken trust may be rebuilt, but a permanent fault line will remain just below the surface.
Moving your body can get you out of your head.
Some of the best decisions you will ever make will come to you in your sleep.
If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’ll always worry that other people are laughing at you.
With life comes heartbreak.
With heartbreak come opportunity for growth.
With growth comes new love.
Love is cyclical, just like life.
There is no such thing as a free ride.
You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.
If you aren’t contributing, you are just taking up space.
If you can, travel.
If you can’t travel, read.
Words can sting like arrows; be certain of your intentions before you draw your bow.
If someone has to apologize to you for the same thing frequently, they aren’t actually sorry and you aren’t required to accept the “apology”.
If you think you can, you can. Reversely, if you think you can’t, you probably won’t.
It never hurts to try.
Often, the hardest part of any task is starting.
A really good belly laugh is more effective than 100 crunches, and, you won’t break a sweat doing it.
Sometimes, you have to fake it ‘til you make it.
Never assume that you know what someone else is going through and never judge based on assumptions.
Don’t start a fight, but, if you find yourself in one, finish it.
Don’t let your mistakes define you; acknowledge them, learn from them, move on.
Liver is gross.
Working with your hands in the dirt will ground you. Literally.
You earn respect, you don’t demand it.
Know your core values, live by them.
Time spent with family and friends is time well spent.
Always listen to your intuition.
There is a higher power and all things happen in His time.
It’s important to have a job, but it’s more important to have a life.
Growing older is a privilege.
Liver is gross (this one bears repeating)
And, there you have it; far too many words of wisdom from your elder.
Throw up. In my mouth.
But, cheers to the next half century, anyway!
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