The event gave me pause to reflect on what I have learned in 36 years on this planet.
Though my oldest friend came to dinner and gave me a card which said "People who think they know everything are annoying to those of us who do", I suspect I have more learning curves to face.
Here is a hotch-potch of them. They might seem a bit trite, but they are real to me.
(and when I say you, I mean me)
- Seconds never taste as good as firsts.
- If you love it, buy it. If you are not sure, wait a while. If you are still thinking about it, buy it.
- Buying clothes in a size down is not an effective weight loss regimen.
- Trust your gut. If your gut tells you to run, then fucking run.
- Embrace every opportunity and take nothing for granted.
- Sometimes, if it is too darn hard, it is just not meant to be.
- It doesn't matter whether you care about what people think of you. People generally aren't thinking of you.
- Guilt is a wasteful emotion.
- Worrying never helps. Expecting the worst of every situation does not cushion the blow of the worst happening. You cannot always prevent disappointment, nor should you try.
- This too shall pass. The good, and the bad.
- 98% of people are decent. 2% are arseholes.
- You are not indispensable. Except to those who love you.
- There are pros and cons to everything in life. A good thing might also be a hard thing.
- When angry or upset, better to bite your tongue and walk away than say something you might regret later.
- If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything. Smile and nod. (Except when somebody you hate is on the telly, then go nuts swearing at the telly).
- Exercise for vigour, for endorphins, for a challenge, but not to cancel out calories; that will take the enjoyment out of it.
- Never submit to the urge to pike on exercise; 9 times out of 10 you can't be arsed, 10 times out of 10 you will feel better for it.
- If you are going to spend money, spend it on experiences rather than things.
- Pay attention to the way people make you feel. Use this as a guide to how much time you spend with them.
- Be interested in others and ask as many questions as you can get away with.
- People don't generally change.
- The true measure of being comfortable with a person is whether you can fart unashamedly in front of them.
- Learn to accept a compliment as graciously as you might give one.
- Rejoice in what your body can do. The way it looks will change.
- Make the best of what you have.
- Tell your loved ones that you love them, often.
- Fine feathers make the bird.
- When the shit hits the fan, it is probably not your fault.
- Friendships and relationships are two way streets, there needs to be mutual effort. If there is not, things need to be reconsidered.
- Be real true to yourself, it is exhausting to be any other way, and you will be found out eventually.
- If you want to sleep, sleep.
- If you want to cry, cry.
- If you are hungry, eat.
- Quickly find the appropriate place to attend to the above three when the urge arises.
- Fall down seven times, get up eight. Don't give up if you cock up.
- Buy the good wine.