I recently read a Facebook post which was a list of life lessons learned.  The post was shared by multiple friends and family members.  It has over 489,000 views.  We’ve all seen posts like this one where someone writes a list of things you should be thankful for, things you should always remember to do, things that you should do to be a better person, etc.

According to the author, Regina Brett, she originally wrote this list for a newspaper column to celebrate growing older.  It was her most popular column.  Now that she is over 90 years old she decided she wanted to share the column again. Her column lists 42 lessons that life has taught her.

I didn’t want to miss out so I read Regina’s life lessons, all 42 of them.  I think most of us read lists like this one and say to ourselves, wow, these are great.  Yes, I agree with most of these things.  I need to remember to be more grateful, I need to appreciate what I have, I need to be nicer to the people around me, etc.

Well, after reading Regina’s list I was motivated, for the first time, to write my own list of things I’ve learned in my 50 + years.  I ended up with 52 things, almost one for each year of life.  I paired it down to my favorite 15 –

  1. If you have children, realize you are only as happy as your least happy child.
  2. Life isn’t always fair and your mother should never have told you it was.
  3. Agree to disagree and move on.
  4. It’s OK to embarrass your children, and you actually should look for ways to embarrass them .
  5. When you’re young you should talk to old people and when you are old you should talk to young people.
  6. When you want or need something, put it out to the universe and don’t be surprised when you get it.
  7. That person that everyone says can’t really be that nice can actually be that nice.
  8. Always smile at strangers, you might be pleasantly surprised.
  9. Think outside the box so you don’t get stuck in it.
  10. It’s OK to enjoy doing things by yourself, it doesn’t make you a loner.
  11. It’s OK to not know what you want to be when you grow up, and it’s OK to find your perfect job later in life.
  12. When a friend’s parent dies be really nice to them. You don’t know how hard it is till it happens to you.
  13. Always carry toys in your purse. You never know when you will meet a crying child.
  14. Don’t wallow in things, suck it up and move on.
  15. Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff (thanks mom for that one).

To see Regina’s list click on the link – Regina’s List

Of Regina’s 42 life lessons, below are the 25 that I could have included on my list.  Her other 17 I am still working on or gave up on a long time ago.  Which ones have you learn?

1,2,3,5,8,10,11,12,13,17,18,19,21,22,23,24,25,28,29,30,31,32,33,38,42



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