Wednesday, 8 July 2009

My odometer rolled over today

and gladly I celebrate another trip around the sun.I'll leave the maths to you ...

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more

Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio
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. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

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. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion... Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27 Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

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. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.
I highlighted some of my favourites.


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15 comments :

Dina said...

I LOVE the list. Thank you for sharing it! My favorites are: 1,3, 12, 13, 18, 19, 21, 22, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33, 36, 40

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday Trish!
Enjoy your special day with all your boys.
Great list, too. Thanks.xx♥

Jayne said...

Happy birthday, Trish!
Hope you have a great time :)
xxx

Alison said...

Happy birthday!!!

Dina said...

Oh! And HAPPY birthday.

I didn't know it was your birthday until I saw it mentioned on Twitter.

Well....

When I first read the list I thought you wrote it and it was your birthday.

Then I read closer and saw that other women wrote it. so I figured it was HER birthday and not yours.

I'm a very confused person sometimes.

Sorry.

I hope you have an awesome birthday!!!

Mum-me said...

Happy Birthday - it's a great list. I have been emailed that before, but it is always good to read it again.

Super Sarah said...

Happy birthday, I hope its a special day for a special person!

Lilly said...

Happy Birthday Trish! I love this list and am printing it out. I need a reminder. I hope you enjoyed the day.

tiff said...

Happiest of birthdays to you my friend!

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

love it!

And Happy Birthday!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

@Dina - it was hard to chose favourites and I do see why I confused you, sorry.Thank you.

@Natalie - thank you gorgeous.

@Jayne - I did thank you.

@Alison - thank you

@Mumme - I am going to read it every time I think I am hard done by.

@Sarah - thank you

@Lilly - I am printing it too for the fridge ;)

@Tiff -thank you my friend

@Kelley - thank you babe !

katepickle said...

Happy Birthday.... hope you are being really spoiled today!

Aleta said...

Happy Birthday. I'm visiting for Lilly's blog and thought I'd take a peek at yours. Loved the sayings, so many are spot on!

Heather said...

What a great list! I found you through topmomma! And I'm glad I did! LOVE your blog!! :)

Guera said...

Sorry I'm a little late - hope you had a fabulous birthday!!! xxx

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