My Life Rules

I turned 41 in February, and I realized with more than a little shock that almost half my life is over. They say life begins at 40, and that it’s only a number. That’s actually a load of crap. It hurts being middle-aged. Why do you think there are so many mid-life crisis’?

Anyway, I decided I would try and write down some of my wisdom, which I picked up along the way for the past 41 years.

– Treat others as you would want them to treat you.
– Remember you are mortal — live each day as if it is your last.
– Never be afraid to dream and aim high.
– If someone tells you something is impossible, prove them wrong.
– Accept your flaws and realise you will never be perfect.
– Always lead an honest life — never steal, never lie, and always respect the police and the law.
– Don’t lose your temper as it makes a tense situation even worse. Always take a very deep breath.
– If it generates stress and illness, push it away. Aim for a state of total calmness in your life.
– If you are suffering, it is never shameful to ask for help.
– Laughter is the best medicine and the best defence. Never take life too seriously.
– When you feel like crap, have a nap. Reboot your operating system.
– It’s good to have a vice. It’s what makes life interesting. Dare to be sinful.
– A book a day keeps the stupidity away.
– Never live above your means. Be thankful for what you have.
– Try to find work you enjoy. It makes life a lot easier if you love what you do, and when the taxman comes knocking.
– There’s more to life than money and material possessions. Gaining life experiences is better than owning a material possession.
– Wake up once in a while and smell the roses.
– If it’s too good to be true, then it usually is. Trust your gut.
– When failure strikes, casually swat it away instantly and try again. Analyse where you went wrong, and look upon it as a learning experience.
– Help those who are less fortunate than you. Give them a hand up rather than a handout.
– Never give a damn what others think of you — only what you think of yourself.
– Dare to be different. Conformity breeds uniformity.
– Let the past be in the past. Only care about today and the future. Forgive yourself for past mistakes.
– It is only human to err. Apologise and move on. Don’t overanalyse the situation.
– Always respect your elders. They are older, therefore wiser and more maturer. Learn from them.
– Violence is never the answer. Pity bullies and thugs, never descend to their level.
– Always remember that the most important people in life are family. Never abandon them.
– Be intensely loyal to your friends. Stand by them no matter what, and fight by their side to the end.
– Accept fate. Never resist it as it’s going to happen anyway whether you want it to or not. That’s why it’s called fate.
– Shit happens.

This post originally appeared on Wunderkammer.

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