With time and age comes perspective. I was thinking about the things I wish I had known or at least acted on when I was younger. Here is my list.
1) Junk food has long-term consequences.
2) You can’t escape your own genetics.
3) Your kids pick up your bad habits and language faster and remember it longer than your good habits and a civil tongue.
4) If you need a long-term product (homes excluded in the present climate), figure out how to buy it now. Whatever it is will increase in price much faster over time than your income will increase. Fifteen years from now, you’ll feel like a genius for getting in on the ground floor.
5) Don’t leave school until you have the degree. The time you think you’ll have later to finish your education never seems to materialize. And again, it will never be as affordable as it is at this moment.
6) Circumstances change…get over it.
7) You can’t change others. You can only change yourself so others react differently toward you. As the saying goes, if you keep doing the same things, you keep getting the same results.
8) Try something new every day, or every week, or every month. Even if it is as insignificant as taking a street you’ve never driven. Everything in life is a matter of perspective. Either change how you look at something, or look at something you’ve never looked at before.
9) Put yourself out there and meet new people. More is accomplished by networking than you can possibly imagine.
10) There is no shortage of mean, nasty, cruel, vindictive people in this world. If one angers you, do not sink to his or her level. Just walk away.
11) There is a universal law of reciprocity. What you put out eventually comes back to bite you, so only put out positive thoughts and actions.
12) Always listen to that quiet voice inside your head. Its name is intuition. When it tells you to go for it, then go for it. When it tells you beware, then stop. Intuition is your first line of defense. Learn to use it.