Because of my “advanced” age and extensive life experiences, I have learned a few things about life. Here’s my top 10:
- Don’t hold a grudge, especially with family. It always amazes me when I hear of someone who, because of a “grudge” or a “disagreement” with a close friend or family member, refuses to speak to them any longer. Often it’s over petty stuff like money, a political viewpoint, or something said in the heat of an argument. Sometimes this “grudge” lasts for many years. In most cases, toward the end of a person’s life, they profoundly regret having such a “grudge”, especially when someone passes away. Whatever your disagreement is with a family member or good friend, get over it. Life is short…sometimes surprisingly short. Family is family and good friends are hard to find.
- Learn from your mistakes. That’s what makes you stronger. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s part of life. Sometimes the consequences of those mistakes are irreversible. The important thing to do is let it go. It’s in the past. Use the mistake as a learning moment. This will only make you stronger as a person. As Master Yoda would say…”The greatest teacher, failure is.”
- Stay active. Your body will thank you as you get older. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk. Don’t search for the closest parking spot at Walmart, just take the first open spot. If you sit around all day at work, get up and stretch every 30 or 45 minutes. Turn on some music, at home and dance. LOL…get a dog!! Anything is better than just sitting around…anything.
- It’s ok to like Star Wars AND Star Trek. I’m Serious!! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. “may the force be with you” … “live long and prosper”
- Critters are SO MUCH FUN! Cats, dogs, hamsters, horses, cows, pigs….whatever. Having a pet to greet you when you get home is awesome, especially if you live alone. And, taking care of a furry little critter is fun and very therapeutic.
- “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I’m stealing a quote from the great Wayne Gretzky. It’s so simple, yet so true. Whether it’s a job, someone you care about, or an athletic endeavor….go out on a limb, take a chance on something…for professional success…for love….for athletic achievement. If you fail, you fail. At least you won’t be kicking yourself for the rest of your life for not trying.
- Always express gratitude. If someone does something nice for you, no matter how small, thank them. Someone opens the door for you, your spouse cooks dinner for you, or takes out the trash; it’s not that hard, it’s the right thing to do, and it creates a tiny little feel-good moment between the two of you. Who couldn’t use some “feel-good moments”?
- Never take anyone or anything for granted. Your health, your great job, the love of family and friends, or even your comic relief critters. Learn to appreciate and love every moment. Anything or anyone can be taken away.
- It’s OK to like Cats AND Dogs. You don’t have to be just a “cat person” or a “dog person”. Enjoy the best of both worlds.
- BE NICE!! There’s so much hate in the world, especially on social media. Usually, it’s over religious philosophy, a political point of view, or just plain intolerance. The world has become so polarized. I’ve always been a believer in the “Golden Rule” — “Treat others the way you want to be treated”. Just be nice to people. Be respectful. It’s NOT that hard.
By Mike C
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