“Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.”
― Mary Oliver
Today I’m 50! Happy birthday to me.
What better way to celebrate it than to recall all I’ve learned a half century of living on this our beautiful Earth. You might find some of them seemingly contradictory, but they’re really not!
50 Life Lessons From 50 Years Of Living
- You are on this Earth school so that your soul can prepare for the next phase of living. Be open to all learning.
- At the end of your life you want to be proud of the choices you’ve made. Make good choices.
- If you have made poor choices, own them and imbibe the lessons they were meant to teach you.
- Life is no picnic, but neither is it a drudge. Learn to enjoy every aspect of it.
- You get to write your own life story. Make it a bestseller!
- You are responsible for your life. Don’t let it be hijacked by anyone else. Put yourself first.
- Never apologize for being who you are.
- Invest time getting to know yourself. Remember, you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life.
- Sing in the shower. Happiness is an inside job. Choose to be happy.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. I promise you that the world won’t come to an end if you wear your clothes inside out in public!
- There’s nothing better than a good belly laugh. Laugh often.
- Plan for the future, but live in the moment.
- Don’t let your past dictate your present choices.
- There are mean people in this world. Learn to deal with them skillfully.
- There are good people in the world. Make sure you connect with more of them.
- Give of your time and presence to others.
- Value your time and let people know that you do.
- Be punctual. Don’t waste other people’s time because you can’t be better organized.
- Take nothing for granted – not even the air you breathe.
- Be grateful for everything. Gratitude will see you through a lot of difficult times.
- Take care of yourself. The world owes you nothing.
- The Universe is very benevolent. Learn to plug into its resources.
- Practice mindfulness. Self-awareness is the key to living a mindful life.
- Be kind. Your acts of kindness especially when done with no expectation of reward, will bring much soul satisfaction.
- Be open to love. There’s always that one person out there that will get you. Keeping looking for him/her.
- Be God-aware. Know that there’s a Higher Power in control of the Universe.
- Seek intelligent company. Learn to make intelligent and interesting conversation. There’s nothing worse than a bore!
- Realize that everyone is creative. Find your creative outlet/s.
- Practise forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others too.
- Give and you’ll get. (Yes, Mom, I know you told me that!).
- Have dreams and goals. Know when to pursue them and when to let go. Sometimes the best learning is from unfulfilled dreams and unaccomplished goals.
- Know when it is time to let go of a relationship. Believe me, you and the other person will survive (thrive, even!).
- Make time for silliness.
- Money is not the root of evil. Envy often is.
- Get yourself a pet. I’d suggest a dog, naturally.
- Appearances can be deceptive. Learn to look beyond the obvious.
- Don’t trust anyone who is nice all the time.
- Learn to value your own opinion. Take the advice of others, but the final call should be yours.
- Trust your intuition.
- Enjoy the little things – the smell of rain, the sound of birds, the feel of a warm blanket, chocolate…
- Shrouds have no pockets. You can’t take your wealth with you. Be prudent, but never miserly.
- Get a regular massage. You deserve to feel good. Drink plenty of water too.
- Live in grace, never in guilt.
- Be comfortable with your emotions – they are only indicators of what’s going on within you.
- Count up to 10 before you write an angry letter, email or social media update. Run it by a trustworthy person before you send/publish it.
- Take regular naps. Rest your body – it’s good for your soul.
- Make room for awe – a sunset, a baby’s birth, a baby’s smile – let them fill you with awe.
- Remember that you haven’t seen it all, experienced it all and don’t know it all. Be open to new experiences.
- Life is short. Make it meaningful.
- Reach for your dreams, but remember that every day on this earth can be a dream too. Make it a technicolor one.
And there’s a bonus of 25 quotes which are life lessons in themselves! Enjoy!
- Your life is already a miracle of chance waiting for you to shape its destiny. – Toni Morrison
- A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living. – Virginia Woolf
- There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient. – Marilynne Robinson
- I think this is how we’re supposed to be in the world -present and in awe.- Anne Lamott
- Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. – Maya Angelou
- Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots. – Elizabeth Gilbert
- What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right. — Albert Einstein
- Think less about what went wrong and more about how you would like it to go right.-Alan Cohen
- You are the hero of your own story – Unknown
- You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.- Rumi
- The only permission, the only validation, and the only opinion that matters in our quest for greatness is our own. – Steve Maraboli
- Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring. – Unknown
- There is more to life than simply increasing its speed. – Mahatma Gandhi
- There is little success where there is little laughter. – Andrew Carnegie
- It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau
- A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. -Bruce Lee
- “By seeking and blundering we learn.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh
- Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows. – Michael Landon
- The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you. – Unknown
- Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.- Gregory Maguire
- Do something today that your future self will thank you for.- Anonymous
- Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.
– Marcus Aurelius
- Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. – Ralph Marston
- Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon
What are the lessons life is teaching you? Do add to my list. (I creating the draft of life lessons for my 100th birthday! 😉 )