For my Golden Year birthday I received a nasty spider bite, that later made me really sick and led to a doctor procedure. The year following that I caught mono and spent a lot of time sleeping and feeling horrible.
I often look back on these experiences as I get older, I like to approach everyday as Expecting the Best, but Prepared For the Worst, as I am often dealt lemons.
This past year has been probably the roughest one yet that I have had all starting the night the year turned; losing two grandpas within 30 days, getting married during the last days that one grandpa was here, finishing my last semester in college in 8 WEEKS, dealing with chronic sinusitis, and deciding to free-lance work while completing college all pull my mind a million directions.
You may wonder how one remains calm, and finds the encouragement to face the continuing challenges that we are dealt.
I would not have been able to give you this any sooner.
- Always begin the day well-polished, with your shower, hair and makeup. You never know what you will face each upcoming day.
- Always be courtesy to those around you; their day may be going worse.
- Always try to see both sides of every decision, argument, disagreement, or life changing decisions you make.
- Don't put off any health concerns.
- Respect your body, if you are sick YOUR BODY does need LOTS of REST.
- Value family, and holidays.
- Value down time, soaks in the tub can't always happen.
- Keep a clean car, stocked with equipment for breakdowns.
- Find the positive in your bad decisions, how did this affect the way of future thinking.
- You can't change the past; apologize for your mistakes, and value what you have.
- What's done is done; failed a test? It's done, work on improving all future attempts in the class 100%
- Make a family tree.
- Something lost isn't lost forever, remove yourself from the scene and come back and look for it.
- Forgive and don't hold a grudge. It's a short life.
- Value what you had in the past, to add value to the future.
- Make your voice known and heard.
- Apologize to those you've hurt, even if time has passed.
- Love and value what you have, remove yourself from technology to embrace and reflect.
- Find a hobby.
- Give yourself free time.
- Live every day to the fullest.