You learn a few things over the years

 So, at 40, how much life knowledge had I accumulated? Some.  Taking a break from the aftermath of the fire to reflect on things I wish I’d known sooner.

(Inspired by Nora Ephron, who did it first and better)
  • Curly hair will always be curly, no matter what.
  • Using sunscreen all the time is an excellent idea.
  • Money does not save itself.
  • You can always make your own good time, even when you’re alone.
  • Just because you bought it and never wear it, you don’t have to feel guilty about getting rid of it.
  • Sometimes you lose friends.
  • If you hate your job more than you love it, leave.
  • Adults don’t know why they do what they do half the time.
  • If you write down the names of the books you read, you won’t forget about them and buy them again.
  • Don’t be afraid to travel, even to places where there are flying cockroaches.
  • Relationships don’t save themselves.
  • You can start something new and get better at it no matter how old you are.
  • Difficult conversations aren’t always as bad as you think they’ll be.
  • Go to the funeral, or send a card.
  • Children remember the things you’d rather they forget.
  • Greens are hard to match. You think those shoes go with something you have, but they don’t.
  • Buy the shoes when you buy the outfit.
  • When you find a lipstick you like, buy two. This works for shoes also.
  • Having a system is a good idea, as long as you make it your own.
  • Always know whether it is the second Tuesday or the fourth Thursday if there is street sweeping and it says so on the sign.
  • Sometimes you just forget things. Everyone does.
  • If you don’t put the photos in an album right away, you never will.
  • Learn to accessorize if you want to and forget about it if you don’t. Scarves and belts are overrated.
  • It’s better to do a little every day than to do a lot all at once.
  • Chocolate isn’t always the answer.
  • Good bras are worth the money.

2 Responses to You learn a few things over the years

  1. Fine advice–every one!

  2. Unknown says:

    I love this! Thanks.

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