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Regina Brett, 90 Years Old - What Life Taught Me

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posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 02:07 PM
My friends of ATS,

A friend emailed this to me today and I thought, ATS would love to see this

Regina turned 90 years old this past August and wrote her personal list of 42 lessons that life had taught her.

I'm not that old [ well not yet ] though I can't help but agree with her

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 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:

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 – enjoy it..

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

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

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

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

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

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

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

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

17. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

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

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

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

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

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

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

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

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

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

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

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

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

31. Believe in miracles.

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

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

34. Your children get only one childhood.

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

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

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

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come...

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

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

A lesson learned? Always listen to your elders whom claim to know best, well this grandma does for sure

Be safe be well, love and loved


posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 02:21 PM
Thanks Spiro. It is nice to read these. And yes, chocolate is my friend!!

posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 02:32 PM
Thanks for posting!! Very interesting.

Some very good tips in.there.

Hindsight is always 20/20 vision.

posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 02:36 PM

34. Your children get only one childhood.


That is.....something every parent should have to read.

Thanks, OP. now I'm going to go play with my son.

posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 02:47 PM
My dear friend,

Originally posted by smyleegrl

now I'm going to go play with my son.

Bless you my friend, bless you :-)

Be safe be well, you both

edit on 6-1-2013 by Spiro because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 03:05 PM
Simply beautiful. I just love that old lady from this one post...

Life is a mystery, treat it like one.

posted on Jan, 7 2013 @ 10:21 AM
My good friend,

Originally posted by LoneGunMan
Life is a mystery, treat it like one.

I couldn't agree more

Be safe be well


posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 11:13 AM
reply to post by Spiro

And always remember...

that life can be defined and reduced to numbered cliches'.

posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 03:40 PM
I can only hope to be that eccentric when I'm 90 years old!

posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 05:07 PM
Some real words of wisdom in those lines

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edit on 21-1-2013 by Irish Matador because: (no reason given)

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