47, 48, 49...
Yep, it's that time again. I am yet another year older tomorrow, which puts me just one year away from being 50. How exciting! No seriously, it is. I am actually looking forward to being 50. Am I looking forward to my first correspondence from AARP? Not really, but that's just a small part of getting older. During my 49 years, I believe I have learned quite a bit. Sure, there is always more to learn and I do acknowledge that. Do you remember being 25 and thinking that you knew everything? Maybe it started at 21. At any rate, I remember those days and boy was I uninformed! It wasn't until I turned 30 that I realized that I didn't know anything! It wasn't devastating, though. It was more of an epiphany, which made me more desirous of learning all that I could. Some things I learned the easy way and some the not so easy way. Psssst....when you can, please take the easy way because the hard way sucks!
Anyway, here are a few things that I have learned over the years that I would like to share. Maybe you already know some of these things or maybe you don't, but I do hope you find them enlightenting.
These are just a few of the things I have learned over the years. Yeah, some of these things I learned in elementary school and others came later in life. There are plenty more, but I didn't want to bore you. Don't worry, I'll probably list some more next year. As you get older, you realize what is and isn't important in life. Age adds a whole new perspective to your life and I think that's really when you start living. Life is short, so make the most of it. I don't necessarily want you to life like you'll die tomorrow because there is no telling what you'd end up doing. Just make sure you're doing what you can to enjoy your life and perhaps prepare for your children's future. We need to make sure that our children have an excellent foundation from which to grow and mature. We should want them to know that they were loved voraciously by us. That every day matters and that they matter. Our partners, spouses and family should know how much they are loved as well. Close friends should not have to wonder how you really felt about them. Don't just make a living, make a life.
I hope my words were able to bless someone. If you have any words of wisdom that you have learned, I'd love to read them. I'm sure others would like to read them as well. It's fine to grow by yourself, but so much more fun to grow with others. Oh, if you did enjoy this, please share with others you know who may benefit from it. With that said, I will leave you with this last gem. Always try to leave a person or place better off than you found them/it. What I love to do is when I'm out and I see someone who seems to not be enjoying their day, I try to make them smile by simply being pleasant or giving them a genuine compliment. The emphasis is on genuine.
Great wisdom, Ayesha!! We can always see where we could have used what we know now 20 years ago. Love your attitude and openness :)
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