When Regina Brett was 45, she wrote a column about 45 things she had learned from life. This was one of her most sought after articles and at the age of 50 she added five more.
Regina has not had what one calls an easy life, she had a troubled childhood, a single mum for eighteen years, found it difficult to find love and at 41 was diagnosed with cancer. It’s those kinds of things that make us stand back and either make us screw life, or embrace it. Of course, it is no secret shunning life is never the answer.
Regina embraced life and saw the best in it. Perhaps having to battle cancer made her appreciate bring alive even more, but after reading lessons she believes life taught her, it’s difficult not to be sucked in. I think the secret behind the success is the lessons are simple, and we have all learnt some of them at some point in our lives. For example, pay off your credit cards each month, or when it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. Those little things are simple and just plain common sense.
This inspired me to think of the lessons life has taught me. I’m only 21 and admittedly, do not have tonnes of life experience. I have however been through some things others don’t necessarily have to go through, times have been tough sometimes. So, as homage to a great writer, here is my list of 10 things life has taught me.
1) Things are never as bad as they seem. If bad things happen’ stay positive and ask “will this matter in a few years”.
2) Always work towards something, if we’re not attempting to achieve anything we feel we’re going nowhere and stuck in a rut
3) Never be afraid to admit you need help or go to therapy
4) Always try and make any type of relationship work, but don’t be scared to jump ship, you’re only opening the door to more opportunities.
5) Use your words- and say what you feel, never assume a loved one understands what you mean.
6) Always check the seat before you get off the bus or train. You’ll save so much money not leaving that phone or keys behind.
7) Keep an address book and remember at least three important numbers-incase you loose your phone on the bus or your phone has run out of battery.
8) Always go for regular dentist and optician appointments- it saves more problems down the line.
9) If you don’t wear or use it, get rid of it. You’re not going to fit into those trousers you wore five years ago. It saves wardrobe space and someone else may get a lot of joy out of it.
10) If you have something good, be it work, grannies ring or friend, keep hold of it. It will remind you of the good things in life and that not everything is rotten in the state of Denmark.
I hope you find it as interesting and inspirational as I did. Let me know what lessons life has taught you or sayings you live by, and how important do you think these lessons are?
Over and Out!