I’m always stumbling across blogs listing things the author has learned so far. They are always interesting and usually match with the years they have been on earth. Decided it would fun to make my own list so here goes.
56 things I’ve learned in life – So far:
1. Life is not a dress rehearsal – get out there and live it
2. I’m not always right, in fact far from it.
3. You can pantomime almost any physical ailment for which you need medicine in a foreign pharmacy. And get a good laugh in the process.
4. Drink lots of water. It doesn’t have to come out of a bottle.
5. Don’t fear coffee and chocolate. They are gifts from God.
6. The word is not even half as scary as the evening news would have you think.
7. Do not take travel advice and warnings from those who rarely or never travel. It’s amazing how much they want to give it to you.
8. Let it go. A hundred years from now it won’t matter any.
9. Expensive moisturizers don’t necessarily work any better than cheap ones.
10. Delete the concept of “act your age” from your reality. It’s a vicious trap.
11. Let the cat play outside. Let your kids play outside. You can’t keep every living thing safe.
12. “For their own good” has been the perpetrator of much suffering in the world.
13. Pack light.
14. Don’t sass a customs agent.
15. The harder you hang onto something the quicker you’ll lose it.
16. People rarely really want your advice. Even when they ask for it. Just let them talk.
17. Travel a lot. It doesn’t have to be fancy.
18. Read good books, lots of them.
19. You won’t die if you have to skip a shower now and then.
20. It is humanly possible to wear a pair of socks 2 days in a row without going to jail.
21. It’s OK to change your mind
22. It’s OK to change it back.
23. It’s OK to make a fool of yourself.
24. Laugh a lot, laugh often
25. Laugh at yourself.
26. Don’t wear shorts in a Mexican border town.
27. Pee whenever you get the chance. Nobody ever actually died from getting grossed out.
28. Everything is temporary. Remember this when you are so miserable you wish you were dead.
29. Never leave a drink unattended. Even if you have to clench it in your teeth while squatting.
30. If you get sick, just ride it out. Enjoy a temporary period of sloth. Don’t waste your time trying to figure out the cosmic significance.
31. If you’re not sure what to say. Keep your mouth shut. (l learned this the hard way)
32. Pick your battles. It’s not realistic to expect to never have any.
33. When in a foreign city. Speak in simple words, don’t shout. People who don’t speak your language are not deaf or stupid.
34. Don’t be embarrassed to be a tourist. You’re not fooling anyone anyway.
35. Avoid whining and complaining. Unless you want to see what facial expression goes along with “I want to kill you.”
36. If you can’t sleep, get up. Tossing and turning won’t do you a bit of good.
37. Walk a lot.
38. You are responsible for your own happiness.
39. You are not responsible for the happiness of others.
40. Write it down if you want to remember it. Remembering where you wrote it down is tricky.
41. Avoid black and white, right or wrong opinions, they will give you heartburn.
42. You don’t have to have all the answers, even one.
43. It’s OK to say “I don’t know” It’s OK to not care that you don’t know.
44. Enjoy mother nature – visit her frequently.
45. Watch sunsets and sunrises often. Doesn’t have to be on the same day.
46. Things rarely happen exactly as planned.
47. Marriage is not the beginning or end of your life.
48. Respect your spouse even when you don’t agree with them. Even if this happens often.
49. Talk about your dreams. Woe be it to those who rain on your parade.
50. Nothing is too outrageous to fantasize about it.
51. Don’t care too much about what you look like. You don’t have to look at yourself much of the time anyway.
52. Wear comfortable shoes.
53. It’s OK to be bored or lonely. Just don’t make a habit of it.
54. Eat what the locals eat.
55. Don’t ask too many questions about ingredients of food. You might not want to know.
56. Always brink a bottle opener with you.