45 profound life lessons you’ll wish you’d learned years ago

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Regina Brett, two times winner of the Pulitzer Prize, became well known for publishing the following ideas.

Regina’s lived through a lot during her lifetime. These life lessons were written by a woman who raised a child for eighteen years, overcame breast cancer at 41, and finally found true love at 45. By anyone’s measure, she’s achieved great success and an impressive career.

It’s not surprising to learn, therefore, that there’s a lot of wisdom in her thoughts. Take a look.

The 45 lessons life taught me:

  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 to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  14. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; that’s the way life is and you can’t change it.
  15. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  16. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  17. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  18. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  19. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  20. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  21. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  22. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age.
  23. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  25. Forgive everyone everything.
  26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ’In five years, will this matter?’
  27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  31. Believe in miracles.
  32. Your loved ones love you because of who you are, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
  33. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  34. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  35. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  38. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  39. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  40. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  42. The best is yet to come.
  43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  44. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

 

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