Written by *Regina Brett*, 90 years old, of the Plain b Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote few lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

1. *Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.*

2. *When in doubt, just take the next small step.*

3. *Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.*

4. *You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.*

5. *Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.*

6. *It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.*

7. *Make peace with your past so it won’t mess up the present.*

8. *Don’t compare your life to others. ย You have no idea what their journey is all about.*

9. *Take a deep breath every now and then. It calms the mind.*

10. *Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.*

11. *Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.*

12. *It’s never too late to be happy. But itโ€™s all up to you and no one else.*

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

14. *Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.*

15. *No one is in charge of your happiness but you.*

16. *Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’*

17. *Always choose life.*

18. *Forgive others and yourself.*

19. *What other people think of you is none of your business.*

20. *Time heals almost everything. Give time a little time.*

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

22. *Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.*

23. *Believe in miracles.*

24. *God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.*

25. *Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.*

26. *Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.*

27. *Your children get only one childhood.*

28. *All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.*

29. *Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.*

30. *Envy is waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need.*

31. *The best is yet to come…*

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

33. *Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”*

*Its worth reading again and again, as and when you can.*

(picture from Pinterest)



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