Today is the big day - my 40th birthday. It seems surreal that 40 years ago I was born in Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, Calif. in the midst of the peace and love generation. As promised, here are the remaining 20 life lessons I have learned in the past 40 years. I shared the first 20 life lessons on Monday's blog post.
#21 Enjoy the finer things in life because life is too short.
#22 Don't look down on other people -- you never know when you might be in the same exact position!
#23 Duct tape is the miracle "MacGyver" fix-it for almost anything (learned that in my event planning days).
#24 Even if you disagree, listen with an open mind and be respectful of other people's thoughts and beliefs.
#25 Stress and worry negatively affect health and well-being -- find a healthy outlet to release your stress.
#26 Don't be afraid to say no. You don't have to be everything to everyone.
#27 Believe in miracles - they really do happen.
#28 Coloring with kids is fun, free therapy.
#29 Attend a live theatre performance, music concert, or visit an art museum - art is food for the soul.
#30 It's perfectly fine to eat brie and crackers for dinner.
#31 You are never too old to believe in Santa Claus.
#32 When you make a promise to someone (especially a child), keep it.
#33 Take mental health days and be kind to yourself.
#34 It's okay to accept help from others - you don't have to do everything yourself.
#35 Honesty is always the best policy.
#36 Don't ever change or give up your dreams for someone else.
#37 Eating Magnolia Bakery cupcakes (in NYC) is truly a life-changing experience.
#38 It's okay to challenge other people if you think there is a valid reason - don't take everything at face value.
#39 Don't put conditions on your love - love unconditionally.
#40 Always listen to your gut instinct -- your intuition won't steer you wrong.
Cheers! I look forward to my new 40something adventures! :)