45 Life Lessons, Written by a 90-Year-Old

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for things that matter.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose Life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.Image

Writing Challenge

From earth to air, from fire to water; mankind has only known these elements to be natural resources. For men thousands of years ago however, the sun was the powerful God who ignited these elements. Although it’s spoken of less and less today, some still believe this is true. It is promised that the sun is the fuel to our souls. The sun is the spirit that encourages our roses to bloom, and inspires us to be outdoors on a beautiful day.

ImageAfter another exhausted day of the sun in the sky, the sun slowly diminishes into a mirage, leaving traces of orange, pink, and blue, and allows a relieving, thin cool breeze to brush over us. The beauty is a reminder that we have only a few hours until she’ll be back, and that we must endure its absence to value its presence.

On the farthest east point where the sun’s rays will peak once again, the sun will rise. The sunrise signifies another day—a day to be thankful for waking up to see it. It’s a moment where you can calmly exhale because you have a fresh start with new challenges. It’s a moment to start life over. It’s a moment dedicated to you.

That Moment

Are you living in that moment? That moment where you thought you finally had life by the horns, yet lost it all at the same time? Like the time you were certain you were the one to be offered a promotion, or the time you knew you nailed that job interview, but received a “No Missed Calls” message on your phone. Well, you’re certainly not the only one, and you certainly won’t be the last.

We’ve all endured it—new college grads—the day we walked across the stage at our ceremony; contemplating a new job with new people and an inflated income.  Or, if your thoughts were similar to mine, you pictured a new car and a renovated apartment. It was all in my imagination of course.

This world—our world—is simply what we make it. You want a brand new car? Work for it. You want to become editor-in-chief for your favorite fashion magazine? Work for it. It sounds simple, but the process is simply problematic.

ImageWe sometimes forget we live on a planet with humans; unequal humans who are equally power and money hungry.  Some of which would never dare see an entry-level on the same floor they worked for years on. We wouldn’t call them “selfish” however, just an attribute of human nature. It’s how we have all been raised, and it’s how we will raise our children. Unless you know someone in your desired industry, you need to work your way up. It’s okay to start from the bottom. If you’re already working for a company, you already have your foot in the door.

If you’re a business major, get started in retail. If you’re an English major, get started in an office, and offer to write business documents. Similar to every childhood story, there has to be a tough beginning to reach the fairy tale ending.