40 years, 40 lessons

July 15, 2012 I turned 40. Here are 40 random lessons I’ve learned, in no particular order:
1. Play peek-a-boo with crying babies in airplanes.
2. Always stay in touch with your childhood friends.
3. When you read a good book, tell others about it.
4. Share good jokes: the world needs more people smiling.
5. Adopt a dog: they are great companions.
6. Dance a lot! It’s good for your heart and your soul.
7. Gardening is good exercise and makes you love plants even more.
8. Grilled sandwiches are the best!
9. Learn to play an instrument: you will have a blast.
10. If someone compliments you, take the compliment.
11. Stare at the sky long enough to watch the clouds moving.
12. Take a deep breath… exhale. Repeat… repeat…
13. Rioja wine. Yep, that’s it.
14. Prog rock, for college years. Ambient and jazz, later in life.
15. When the opportunity opens up, travel: go places!
16. Some Sundays, wake up to baroque music.
17. A cup of black coffee in the mornings: hmmm!
18. Rogaine can help with baldness… if you put it on.
19. If your blood sugars are bad one day, try again the next day.
20. Learn a new language or two. You will discover new worlds.
21. When you travel, don’t take a tour bus: walk around the city.
22. When you are upset, get away from the keyboard, take a walk.
23. Embrace gray hairs: celebrate birthdays!
24. Go inside a photo booth and goof off with friends.
25. Buy local, even if it costs a little more.
26. Have a thick cappuccino every so often.
27. Go to Farmers Markets.
28. Praise in public. Criticize in private, one-on-one.
29. Once in a while, wander, don’t pick up a map.
30. Park as far as you can, don’t use the stairs: walk more.
31. It’s OK to feel afraid. Just don’t let fear control you.
32. Straight or gay: it’s all the same. Everyone is a person.
33. Minnesota and Venezuela are closer than you’d believe.
34. Smile when you are on the phone: other people can feel it.
35. Don’t take yourself too seriously… Seriously!
36. Give to at least one charitable cause every year.
37. Aisle is better than window by a long shot.
38. Once in a while, play a song you love real loud.
39. I have an accent, believe it or not: even in Spanish!
40. When in doubt, remember: “You Rock!!!

18 thoughts on “40 years, 40 lessons

  1. Honey, I most certainly wish you were from Minnesota!!!
    Re #9 – I am starting bluegrass fiddle lessons this coming Monday. This has been on my bucket list forever, and it was two friends on TD, Miss Kitka and BadMoon, who encouraged me. Then everything fell into place.

  2. Beautiful :)

    May the life lessons keep coming, and may you find more contentment with each one.

    I’ll join your ranks on 10/9.

  3. Ahh…I think we are kindred spirits! I love that you reflect on your life and learned all of these lessons!! (By the way, belated happy 40th birthday. It will be an awesome decade for you.) Also…where do I find Rioja wine? I must try that now!

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  5. Happy 40th!!! (sorry I’m late!) Thanks for all you do in our community and for that great list! I enjoyed reading it :)

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