44 Years… And what did I learn?

15267527_10154734118794929_3858128971363300281_nI am just days away from celebrating 44 trips around the Sun, and with that type of mileage on this Earth, it is customary that I recap the lessons I have learned and the ideas I hold to be true.

These are the types of things I wish my 15-year-old, or 25-year-old, or even 35-year-old self had known. And just think – I have so many more lessons to go!

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At 43 years and 361 days, here is what I know for certain:

  1. Love. F. Scott Fitzgerald said it best: “There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.” This I know to be true. I found a new love, a constant love, the most mature love you can find. It fits. And I am better for it.
  2. Under The Tuscan Sun had it right with the following lines: “They say they built the train tracks over the Alps before there was a train that could make the trip. They built it anyway. They knew one day the train would come. Any arbitrary turning along the way,and I would be elsewhere. I would be different. What are four walls, anyway? They are what they contain.The house protects the dreamer.Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game.”
  3. Don’t over spend. Pay your bills on time. This will protect you from a million woes and stress.
  4. Drink lots and lots and lots of water. Don’t smoke. Ever. Wear sun screen, and give yourself a facial at least once a week. Cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. And you, too, can look a lot younger than what you are. (I’m living proof.)
  5. Let it go or be dragged. The ONLY way to emotional freedom is to truly forgive and move on. Believe me when I say this. There is so much healing in forgiving and moving on.
  6. Gratitude is the secret to happiness. Look around at everything you have, every opportunity you have been afforded (the good with the bad,) and be grateful. THESE are your blessings.
  7. Reading is the great escape. If you don’t read good books, you have no advantage over the person who doesn’t read at all. Consume information like you would a bowl of ice cream.
  8. When you get a chance to try something new, hear an opposing idea, or go someplace you’ve never been – just be in the moment. You will gain a new perspective. You don’t have to agree or change how you live – but seek to understand. That brings incredible peace to your life.
  9. I try to laugh as much as possible. Try it. It makes life so much more delicious.
  10. Finally, set some goals. When we have goals, it gives us something to look forward to. I call that hope. Hope is what gets us up in the morning
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