This week, October 5th, is my birthday…41 years young. While my genetic blessings are few and far between, I am thankful for the baby face I was given that makes me look at least 20 years younger. Ok, maybe 5 or 6 years younger.
When you hit, and then surpass, 40, you find yourself reflecting on your life and the future ahead of you that oftentimes seems to have more questions than answers. Some things get easier; others get harder.
Recently on a visit to see my mom in Wichita, I was sitting on her deck, rocking back and forth on the glider (you don’t get one of these until you hit at least 50), smelling the cool, fresh air on a crisp Fall afternoon, pondering my life and, of course, my next blog article. That’s when inspiration hit and I started to think of all the things I’ve learned to this point in my life and what I wish I could go back and tell my 21-year-old self.
With that in mind, below is a list of my 41 pieces of advice to share with him…and you. This list isn’t all inclusive, but it’s a great start. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on what you’ve learned in your life to this point and what other words of wisdom you have for me and others that read this blog.
Before I get to the list, watch this preview of the 1981 thriller “Happy Birthday To Me”.
1980’s horror is so hilarious.
Ok, now on to the list:
1. Love your mom and tell her often. She went through a hell of a lot for you that you’ll never know about or fully appreciate.
2. Ditto for Dad.
3. Most of the things you think are really important…aren’t.
If you’ve made it this far, here’s a few bonus pieces of advice. I guess I’ve learned more than 41 things in the last 41 years. :)