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45 LlFE LESSONS, WRlTTEN BY A 90 YEAR OLD

Wallstreetatheist
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10/9/2012 6:34:08 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don't buy stuff you don't need.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye" But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but don't forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come"
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
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10/9/2012 6:57:54 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/9/2012 6:34:35 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What are some basic lessons you would recommend?

Paraphrasing the Buddha here; don't believe it just because someone told you it is true.
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10/9/2012 7:11:24 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/9/2012 6:34:08 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:

5. Don't buy stuff you don't need.
9. Save for things that matter.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
44. Yield.

Ah, life; money.

This is true, but it doen't have to be.
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10/9/2012 7:58:39 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/9/2012 6:57:54 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 10/9/2012 6:34:35 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What are some basic lessons you would recommend?

Paraphrasing the Buddha here; don't believe it just because someone told you it is true.

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10/9/2012 8:58:09 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/9/2012 6:34:35 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What are some basic lessons you would recommend?

I've actually written an as of now incomplete list of important life lessons I've learned from my limited experiences and studies, and so far I've got 14:

1) Be reasonable

2) Be calm

3) Understand the absurdity and peculiarity of everything in existence, especially your own existence; it will humble you and make life far more fun and fascinating, and less burdensome

4) Be empathetic:
a) understand that very few people are truly malicious in their actions or opinions, almost everyone tries to be good (under their understanding of goodness) most of the time
b) understand that for the most part, we all want the same things - happiness, success, love

5) Truly understand that humanity, homo sapiens, is just another species of animals; our DNA is 99% the same as chimpanzees; like all animals, we need food, we want to reproduce and provide the best for our offspring, we prefer enjoyment over pain, we have animal instincts, and we are imperfect. Therefore, don't expect perfection from anyone, because he or she is just an animal, albeit more able to reason and be intelligent than most kinds.

6) Recognize that all anger is just a mask for sadness, a natural defense mechanism to compensate against those you feel have physically or emotionally harmed you; if you ever feel angry you should, instead of wallowing in your anger or acting out physically or verbally against others, ask yourself why you feel angry, get to the root of your sadness, and do what you can about it.

7) Understand that everything is relative to one's perception, nothing is truly objective, and human reason has its limitations.

8) Do and pursue what you love and don't ever settle for mediocrity if you aren't forced to, regardless of traditional social norms. Always have an insatiable appetite for knowledge of whichever areas of study you love the most. In other words, if you've got interests/hobbies, give them your all, and immerse yourself in them fully. This, above all, is the mark of greatness and of the genius - an obsessive interest/dedication to the field(s) that means most to you and the willingness to do what you must to achieve something great in that field.

9) The most fulfilling and enjoyable friendships are the ones in which you and the other person have both attained such a level of love, empathy, and selflessness that the friendship takes on a life of its own, and decisions pertaining to the friendship are not made based on what is right for you or for the other person, but what is right for the friendship, which is in turn right for both you and the other person. (Same pertains to all close relationships.)

10) Accept, reflect on, and mentally confront your mortality; don't wait until you're forced to do so by old age; live each day in defiance of death; you will find that everything is more meaningful and precious to you as result of your understanding that you and every conscious being you know is mortal and finite and will eventually cease consciousness.

11) Understand that nature, and thus life, is not conducive or hostile to your needs and wishes; it is merely indifferent.

12) Don't get caught up in blaming others for your problems. It might be their fault and even their responsibility to fix them, but blame and grudges are heavy burdens to bear, they take their toll on you, and you will lead a much more active, satisfying, progressive lifestyle by assuming as much control/self-responsibility as you can.

13) Accept that which cannot be changed.

14) Giving gifts (whether physical or not) selflessly, with no expectations of payment in return, usually feels better and is more meaningful than getting them.
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10/10/2012 12:41:08 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Very good stuff, jat. You could probably write a book on life lessons when you're older.
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10/10/2012 12:44:43 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/9/2012 6:57:54 PM, tvellalott wrote:
Paraphrasing the Buddha here; don't believe it just because someone told you it is true.

One of the great quotes in human history. It doesn't bring you more comfort, but less. I think ideological comfort in what you read or what people tell you is a recipe for intellectual stagnant. Conversely, skepticism and falsifiability of all of your beliefs affords you room for intellectual growth. As the Great FREEDO of DDOia said, "Thinking stops where ideology begins." I wonder what the world would look like if everyone was skeptical about claims from authority.
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10/10/2012 1:04:20 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Ones I really liked!
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
19. It's never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
27. Always choose Life.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come"
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10/10/2012 12:39:12 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Reading the list just made me reflect on something I've been thinking for a while now. The belief in God does provide a kind of peace in life. when things go bad, it isn't you who messed up' he'll take care of you. I wish I could go back, maybe I should try spirituality for a little while.
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10/10/2012 1:04:22 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/9/2012 6:34:08 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don't buy stuff you don't need.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye" But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but don't forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come"
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Interesting, Wallstreetatheist.
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10/10/2012 6:01:58 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/10/2012 1:04:22 PM, MouthWash wrote:
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye" But don't worry; God never blinks.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
Interesting, Wallstreetatheist.

BELEB IN IT! A lot of these "miracles" can be chalked up to coincidence. His belief in God doesn't really poison the well with his other lessons.
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10/10/2012 6:08:46 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Great list WSA.
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10/10/2012 7:14:37 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Don't die.
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10/12/2012 10:08:07 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/9/2012 6:34:35 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What are some basic lessons you would recommend?

This list is too expansive to be useful. Study of the seven deadly sins can yield all these results without the subjectivity and complexity.
Beliefs in a nutshell:
- The Ends never justify the Means.
- Objectivity is secondary to subjectivity.
- The War on Drugs is the worst policy in the U.S.
- Most people worship technology as a religion.
- Computers will never become sentient.
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10/13/2012 1:33:55 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/12/2012 10:08:07 AM, R0b1Billion wrote:
At 10/9/2012 6:34:35 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What are some basic lessons you would recommend?

This list is too expansive to be useful. Study of the seven deadly sins can yield all these results without the subjectivity and complexity.

Exactly. These life lessons have a lot more than 90 years in the making.
But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.
- - - Watts
The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.
- - - Watts