50 Things I have learned in 50 years – Day 20

There is less than a month until I turn 50. I have been sharing some of the things I have learned over the years the last 20 days (#50until50) and have been surprised with some of them. Why is my list better than someone else’s? Why do I think the lessons I have learned are better than others? Honest answer? I don’t. I am just happy that I have not stayed stagnant and I have committed myself to a well examined life.

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I know you’re thinking, ‘What else could you have learned?’ Which brings me to #20

A watched pot never boils….which is bullshit but patience is important.

When I was a young thing and thought that I was in some race where if I was in second place, I was really the first loser, patience was a disease of the lazy and aimless. As I approach my 50th, I realize how much I could have experienced if I had been patient. If there is anything I regret, and I do not believe in regret so there is really nothing I regret but if I allowed myself a timeout to lament poor choices, I wish I would have slowed down to enjoy some of the moments in my life.

Moments like my wedding. Everyone had a great time and Paul and I ran it like a sprint to the finish line and freedom.

Moments like any time we could have celebrated our accomplishments. We are really bad at that because there is always another goal to work towards.

Moments like lounging in bed and listening to the wind.

Take the time to savor the moment. Let it seep into your cells and remind you of the beauty of existence.

Come back for the next 30 days and see what else I have learned.

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