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50 Lessons I’ve Learned in 50 Years

We love this list from Corinne Rodrigues. It’s positive, upbeat and empowering. Read more from Corinne on her blog.

 

50 Lessons I've Learned in 50 Years

  1. You are on this Earth school so that your soul can prepare for the next phase of living. Be open to all learning.
  2. At the end of your life you want to be proud of the choices you’ve made. Makegood choices.
  3. If you have made poor choices, own them and imbibe the lessons they were meant to teach you.
  4. Life is no picnic, but neither is it a drudge. Learn to enjoy every aspect of it.
  5. You get to write your own life story. Make it a bestseller!
  6. You are responsible for your life. Don’t let it be hijacked by anyone else. Put yourself first.
  7. Never apologize for being who you are.
  8. Invest time getting to know yourself. Remember, you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life.
  9. Sing in the shower. Happiness is an inside job. Choose to be happy.
  10. 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!
  11. There’s nothing better than a good belly laugh. Laugh often.
  12. Plan for the future, but live in the moment.
  13. Don’t let your past dictate your present choices.
  14. There are mean people in this world. Learn to deal with them skillfully.
  15. There are good people in the world. Make sure you connect with more of them.
  16. Give of your time and presence to others.
  17. Value your time and let people know that you do.
  18. Be punctual. Don’t waste other people’s time because you can’t be better organized.
  19. Take nothing for granted – not even the air you breathe.
  20. Be grateful for everything. Gratitude will see you through a lot of difficult times.
  21. Take care of yourself. The world owes you nothing.
  22. The Universe is very benevolent. Learn to plug into its resources.
  23. Practice mindfulness. Self-awareness is the key to living a mindful life.
  24. Be kind. Your acts of kindness especially when done with no expectation of reward, will bring much soul satisfaction.
  25. Be open to love. There’s always that one person out there that will get you. Keeping looking for him/her.
  26. Be God-aware. Know that there’s a Higher Power in control of the Universe.
  27. Seek intelligent company. Learn to make intelligent and interesting conversation. There’s nothing worse than a bore!
  28. Realize that everyone is creative. Find your creative outlet/s.
  29. Practise forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others too.
  30. Give and you’ll get. (Yes, Mom, I know you told me that!).
  31. 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.
  32. Know when it is time to let go of a relationship. Believe me, you and the other person will survive (thrive, even!).
  33. Make time for silliness.
  34. Money is not the root of evil. Envy often is.
  35. Get yourself a pet. I’d suggest a dog, naturally.
  36. Appearances can be deceptive. Learn to look beyond the obvious.
  37. Don’t trust anyone who is nice all the time.
  38. Learn to value your own opinion. Take the advice of others, but the final call should be yours.
  39. Trust your intuition.
  40. Enjoy the little things – the smell of rain, the sound of birds, the feel of a warm blanket, chocolate…
  41. Shrouds have no pockets. You can’t take your wealth with you. Be prudent, but never miserly.
  42. Get a regular massage. You deserve to feel good. Drink plenty of water too.
  43. Live in grace, never in guilt.
  44. Be comfortable with your emotions – they are only indicators of what’s going on within you.
  45. 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.
  46. Take regular naps. Rest your body – it’s good for your soul.
  47. Make room for awe – a sunset, a baby’s birth, a baby’s  smile – let them fill you with awe.
  48. Remember that you haven’t seen it all, experienced it all and don’t know it all. Be open to new experiences.
  49. Life is short. Make it meaningful.
  50. Reach for your dreams, but remember that every day on this earth can be a dream too. Make it a technicolor one.

 

Corinne Rodrigues

A Mumbai-based blogger, writer, motivator - journeying happily through midlife, Corinne Rodrigues blogs at <a href="http://everydaygyaan.com">Everyday Gyaan</a> and on <a href="http://writetribe.com">Write Tribe</a> and <a href="http://from7eight.com">From 7Eight</a>.

Sandra Sallin

Thursday 3rd of September 2015

This belongs on Huffington Post Seniors!

Corinne Rodrigues

Sunday 6th of September 2015

Ah thanks, Sandra!

Les Raff

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

I will add one more. Share the fun!!!

https://downsizemaybe.wordpress.com

Laurie Stone

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

I love that happiness is an inside job. How true. And how often we look outside ourselves for fulfillment. Many words of wisdom here.

Carol Graham

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Number 5 scares me. I know there is no restart button to rewrite your memoir but....if only we were given a second chance. Because we are not, we need to make these changes the sooner the better. Wonderful list, Corinne

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