Pass these on to younger folks you know!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did… a favorite?  WHY?

1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.

2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.

3. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.

4. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?

5. People always say, ’’Make sure you get a job doing what you love!’’ But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.

6. If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savour all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.

7. Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!

8. Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.

9. A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am. Everyone else is just an acquaintance.

10. Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.

11. Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.

12. Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke — so you never actually become one.

13. Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important… Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.

14. Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice…

15. The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!

16. We have one time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.

17. Appreciate the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.

18. Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.

19. If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.

20. When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.

Z: : FIND FAITH EARLY.   Don’t wait.



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7 Responses to Pass these on to younger folks you know!

  1. I’ve joked with my dental hygienist asking “what is this stuff?” as she approaches with floss. Now it turns out the government is not convinced that floss is beneficial and my dentist agrees.
    I am vindicated.


  2. Kid says:

    I’ll say # 8, because we all make plans but have little control over anything. Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.

    And 21. – Learn How to Drive !


  3. cube says:

    Words of wisdom that I’ll take to heart and pass along to my daughters of millennial age.


  4. Sparky says:

    All are excellent advice. And #15 is so true. As a former dancer, I tried to take good care of myself, but messed up by physically working too hard. My husband did the same thing. Those people jogging? They’re gonna be having knee replacements in about 20 years. And if they’re lifting weights, there will be rotator cuff surgery and replacement too. Trust me on that one. Our bodies, especially women, aren’t made to be damaged day after day like that.


  5. Mal says:

    All are excellent. The one that is missing is to laugh……A LOT. It was sort of implied when it said not to take life too seriously, but fell short of it. I would only add about keeping out of debt with advice my father gave. Hard work won’t kill you. WORRY will. So stay out of debt.


  6. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, fabulous advice, thanks for that!! I think you’re so right.

    Cube, I’m so glad you’ll pass this on; I suspect you have inferred them as our girls have grown up, anyway, in the way you and Mr. Cube live.

    Kid, hilarious about the driving…and I thought of you when I saw #8….you do live that.

    Ed, that’s funny! I can’t imagine NOT flossing but we don’t want to get too into the details, do we 🙂 Rubber tipping saved me….anything we can do for our teeth is good!!


  7. Baysider says:

    I’d say 3. Because when you’re living in 1, 9 and 17 you realize how much stuff matters not.

    Lots of wisdom – wish every college bound youngster could understand the deep implications of #18.


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