Dev: How old are you today?Me: Thirty two
After I laughed, he said it wasn’t because he thought 32 is old (it’s surprisingly young, by the way), but rather the fact that I don’t really look that “old.” I guess he’s right. Other than the racing stripes of gray hair on my head, I don’t “look” 32. I’m not really sure what 32 looks like anyway.
Besides not looking 32, I can tell you I surely don’t act 32, but again, what does 32 act like? I digress. That’s another topic for another day.
The whole point of this post is to offer some unsolicited advice I’ve picked up along my 32-year journey.
Feel free to add to the list either here or on my Facebook.
- Wear sunscreen. Oh, wait. That one's taken. Nevermind.
- Learn from mistakes--not just yours, but other people's too.
- Don't be ashamed of your taste in music, movies, or TV shows, and don't judge anyone else's.
- Don't spend more money on clothes than on other basic needs.
- Watch your favorite movie(s) at least once a year.
- Watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles at least once. If it doesn't make you laugh, you're not human.
- Share gum if you have it (I hear the same goes for weed, but I can't verify that).
- Take gum when it's offered because it probably means you have bad breath.
- Do your homework.
- Remember people's birthdays.
- Reach for the check once in a while (and maybe even pay for it).
- Usually, the line with the fewest people in it is not the fastest.
- Don't get into someone else's car and mess with the radio.
- Be on time.
- Take pictures.
- Don't take friends for granted. They don't have to hang out with you.
- Give generously of your time, it's the most valuable thing you can give. and don't waste other people's time.
- Find something bigger than yourself to believe in.
- Watch cartoons once in a while.
- There's almost always room for ice cream.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Patience is indeed a virtue.
- Read more (I'm just giving the advice. I didn't say I was following it)
- Listen more than you speak.
- Take road trips with good friends.
- Spend time with people who make you laugh till you cry.
- Do something creative.
- Tip like a Rockefeller when you get good service. (Tomas coined this phrase)
- When someone asks how you are, sometimes a simple "Fine" will suffice.
- Don't wear a red shirt and khaki pants to Target.
- Ask for help with something if you need it.
- Don't take any shi* from anybody.