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Don’t Grow Older…Grow WISER

Posted on 11-09-2010 by Elise Joan

5 Things I am grateful for today: 1) the meditation music on my ipod. 2) and my earphones 3) incredible traveling companions 4) Arnold Palmers 5) Being childish, playing with iPads and PS3s at ‘Best Buy’.

For Today’s blog, I decided to follow the lead of a very inspirational 90 year old woman in Cleveland Ohio, who compiled a list of the 50 most valuable life lessons she had learned.  Reading it simultaneously brought tears to my eyes, a smile to my face, and joy to my heart.  So in the spirit of commemorating my birthday AND “paying it forward”, I have compiled MY list of lessons to share… perhaps it will inspire you to write your own.  Life is a gift… don’t wait until tomorrow to unwrap and enjoy it.  CELEBRATE TODAY!


  1. You can never drink too much water, or apply too much sunscreen
  2. ALWAYS hunger for knowledge.  NEVER stop learning
  3. Sometimes, laughter really IS the best medicine
  4. Dance
  5. Don’t wait Until New Years Eve…. EVERY day can be a brand new beginning… and an opportunity to create your own ending
  6. Be passionate about something.  Then share it with the World
  7. Make Choices.  Fall down.  Move on.
  8. Jealousy is a wasted emotion.  Release it.
  9. John N. Mitchell said: “Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.”  He was right.
  10. Life is too short to NOT eat cupcakes.
  11. Get out in the Sunshine.  Surf, swim, play, climb, hike, breathe…. Apply SPF
  12. Foster a dog to learn about unconditional love
  13. If you ever get caught up in a flurry of panic & doubt, remember this: “Don't worry about life, you're not going to survive it anyway.” -Anonymous.
  14. Don’t harden your heart.  It feels better to have one that’s warm and soft.
  15. Learn your lessons, then let go of the past.  It is the only way to make space for the present.
  16. Preach Love, Patience, Tolerance and Peace.  Then practice what you preach.
  17. Indulge.  It makes the sacrifices worthwhile.
  18. To Love is to be fearless.  Accept the challenge.
  19. You don’t always have to win.
  20. Dream Big.  Work Hard.  Believe Deeply.
  21. Visit New York City.
  22. Keep in touch with high school friends. They loved you at your most awkward.
  23. Never give up on yourself….. You can turn anything around.
  24. Honor your commitments.
  25. Don’t focus so intently on the next life, that you forget to live this one.
  26. Learn valuable lessons from musical theater: “What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play!” – John Kander and Fred Ebb
  27. Play with children.  Earn their trust.  Learn from the purity of their spirit.
  28. Mom was right: Eat your vegetables
  29. Appreciate this moment. Right now.  It is the only thing that’s certain.
  30. Live your life OUT LOUD!  Be heard.New

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