Tuesday, August 20, 2013

35 Lessons for 35 Years...And a Little to Grown On

Regina Brett is an author of several books including God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours and Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible.  That said, most people probably know her for her 45 Lessons. She created the list right before she turned 45 and the list has gotten immensely popular since being published. When she turned 50 in 2006, she added to the list, which seems to continue growing in popularity. I read it for the first time this year and it now hangs on my cork board. In any event, with my 35th birthday looming around the corner, I thought I’d share Regina’s list and create a list of my own.  What are your lessons to live by?
  1. You really are stronger than you think you are.
  2. Don’t waste your time stressing over something that won’t matter in two weeks.
  3. Give and get hugs as much as possible.
  4. Get a pet. It is hard to be mad or sad at the end of the day when they’re so excited to see you.
  5. Pay off debt before splurging.
  6. Treat yourself (within your means) at least once a month whether it be with a pedicure or a big bag of chips.
  7. Put down your smartphone/tablet/laptop and interact with people. 
  8. Always have enough savings to get through at least 3 months of bills—6 if you can.
  9. Wear sunscreen.
  10. Fad diets don’t do anyone any good.
  11. Talk to God every day—as much as you want…and don’t be so formal.
  12. Forgive.
  13. Tell your loved ones how you feel about them.
  14. Confront issues when they arise—not 2 months later in the heat of an argument on another subject.
  15. Wear whatever makes you happy.
  16. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  17. Believe people when they show you who they are.
  18. Believe in yourself.
  19. Teach people how to treat you by not taking any bulls*it.
  20. Volunteer.
  21. Don’t feel like a failure if you can’t carry a baby. If you’re meant to be a mother, you will be.
  22. Stop procrastinating and do things you love.
  23. Meditate.
  24. Say "thank you" everyday.
  25. Don’t be afraid to act like a child sometimes. Swing on a (strong) swing, have a snowball/water balloon/pillow fight.
  26. Don’t be afraid to say no. You can’t please everyone.
  27. Laugh with abandon.
  28. Sing like no one is listening and dance like no one is watching…and when they are don’t be embarrassed. They’ll catch on. Joy is contagious.
  29. Don’t be jealous of what’s growing on the other side of the fence. They have issues too.
  30. Be proud of your issues. Acknowledge the lessons they’ve taught you…then fix them and move on.
  31. Pick your battles.
  32. Nurture your friendships and relationships.
  33. Know that if a door closes, a window is opening soon.
  34. Always get your hopes up. Never dial back your excitement out of hopes that disappointment won’t hurt so much. It always hurts. You’re just wallowing in the muck. Have faith.
  35. Reflect on how far you’ve come as often as possible and thank God for every bit of it.
  1. Don't put yourself on someone else's track. Just because you are not where you thought you'd be or where your friends are or where your parents wanted you to be, etc., etc., you're exactly where you are supposed to be. If you feel like you're not moving, you are meant to learn something from the position you're in. 
  2. Believe the diagnosis but not the prognosis. Miracles happen everyday. 
* The photo is come Google images. It's a house number but I like the slightly tarnished look of it. We're all beautiful creatures and made more so by the battles we've survived. A little tarnish looks like wisdom. 

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