45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

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 not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
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. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but don’t forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.


  1. Great perspective on life ... thank you George!

  2. You certainly have a positive yet realistic perspective. I love all of your life-lessons and agree with them as well. I resonated with a few of them more passionately than others. Numbers 3, 6, 13, 14, 28, 37,43 and 45 really hit home. Not only do our kids only get one childhood, but I hope we’ve taught them to live life, no regrets, don’t worry about winning the arguments -instead focus on maintaining a happy relationship/marriage/family. Forgive someone when a genuine and sincere apology is offered, apologize when wrong, accept responsibility, be kind to others, don’t gossip, never deliberately hurt another person, stick up for friends and always be a true friend. I couldn’t agree more with your advice about secret relationships and my tip to my kids was exactly the same: if you have to hide it from someone, then you automatically know it’s wrong. And I added that affairs aren’t all sexual, an emotional affair can destroy a marriage just as much. If you find yourself emailing or texting or Snapchatting a coworker of the opposite sex and the content is something you feel you need to hide from your wife or husband or you are having drinks or dinner and not telling your spouse ... you don’t need advice - you know its wrong and your headed down a path that might destroy two families. Just �� stop. Now!
    Thank for Sharing your wisdom.