My friend, Mckenzie had a great idea today. Now that it’s coming down to the last few days of the year, it’s time to look back on what I’ve learned.
Here’s my list:
1. You can teach your kids, you can try to guide them, and in the end, they will do what they want – no matter what you say. This is a natural progression of life, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
2. When you meet people that make you feel better about yourself, say thank you, and appreciate them. NEVER take them for granted, or they’ll go away again.
3. Give back when you can. Even if it’s just a little. Every little bit helps.
4. Pay it forward when you can. Even if it’s just a little. Every little bit helps.
5. Just because you share some of the same DNA, doesn’t make them any more special than those you choose to be with. Blood is not always thicker than the alternative.
6. You need to find a reason to get out of bed every morning. It won’t always just happen.
7. Stop saying “someday, I’ll”. Do it, or at least – Try.
8. Keeping things bottled up, causes explosions, often at the most inopportune time.
9. The people that love you truly, will always love you – truly.
10. Giving yourself a hard time is truly a waste of time, other people will happily do it for you.
11. Your faith is yours. It’s personal, and it should be that way.
12. Life really is short.
13. So make memories whenever you get the chance.
14. Make sure that the people you love, know it. Say it. Out loud. To them. Often.
15. Reading can be the perfect temporary escape.
16. Shit happens.
17. Shit also washes off.
18. It’s not about how fast you get to the finish line, or how may toys you bring with you, it’s about enduring through the marathon, and simply making it.
19. Mindfulness doesn’t mean you always have to be happy, it just means you must be aware. Be present.
20. Balance is temporary. So is chaos. It keeps things interesting enough to stay awake.
21. You’re allowed to not be happy.
22. Emotions are there for a reason. Acknowledge them, figure out why you’re having them, and be honest about them. You’ll be better off.
23. Leave room for laughter.
24. Sometimes, the best thing you can give your kids, is space.
25. Leave a night-light on. It can get awfully dark some nights.