Sunday, December 18, 2016


As this year comes to an end, and my sixty-fifth birthday beckons, (yikes!) I thought I might publish my personal list about what I have learned this year...or, more aptly, 'what I have learned in my sixty-five years on earth' (:

1. There is no such thing as too much fun.

2. Choose a partner who makes you laugh....and lets you cry.

3. There is nothing that a John Denver song can't fix.

4. When people act like they don't care about you, believe them.

5. Fall in love as often as you can. Fall in love with songs, fall in love with books, fall in love with places, fall in love with people. But, above all, fall in love with yourself.

6. Running away from your feelings is a race you will never win.

7. When a relationship is over, walk away. You will not gain anything from watering a dead flower.

8. Life is passing you by. Slow down. Smell the roses. Make the most of every moment.

9. Good people sometimes do bad things.

10. Bad people do good things.

11. You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to.

12. Make mistakes; lots and lots of mistakes. Learn from every one.

13. Happiness is an inside job.

14. Grandchildren are life's greatest lesson/gift in loving unconditionally.

15. If you like that dress, wear it. Life is short.

16. When someone does something wrong, don't forget everything that they have done right.

17. Make peace with your past so it doesn't continually screw up your future.

18. Get rid of anything that isn't useful or bring you joy. Clutter weighs you down in so many ways.

19. Travel as often as you can. Visit places you have only dreamed of going.

20. Spend money on memories, not things.

21. Be kind to others.

22.  Be kind to yourself.

23. Life isn't fair. Right doesn't always win.

24. Never stop believing in miracles.

25. Sometimes it is important to just show up and be present.

26. Family first. Always and forever.

27. Don't act on impulse.

28. Act on impulse as often as you can! Life is short!

29. And, again, one more time, LIFE IS SHORT. So, don't take it too seriously. Live it with passion and whimsy. Live it succulently, wildly, richly. Live it so at the end of it you can say, "I wouldn't have changed a thing."

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