Reflection on 60

I turn 60 today. In between the well wishes and birthday celebration, and of course CAKE, it is a time of a lot of reflection. I’ve struggled with 60 a bit; physically I certainly can’t do what I could in my 20’s and 30’s, mentally, I fight with the fact that in my head I’m in my 30’s and 40’s ( which makes me very wise in my mind, yet still young enough to be totally in touch with the world) and yet the world might see me as this 60 year old woman, out of touch, still trying to live out my youth. ( maybe not, but sometimes the mind can say mean things to you.)

However, I do think my age affords me the right to know a thing or two about life. So I wrote my 60 life lessons. If you are a reader of this blog, most all my blogs are on business lessons, and of course reflection is always important in any business. And, if I had but one business lesson to share, it would be, “You can. You can do it; don’t let anything or anyone stop you. You can do your dream. Take action.” I think that’s it. You will figure out the rest.

For my 60 life lessons, read them here, enjoy, maybe come up with a few of your own.

60 life lessons

  1. Things become habits if you do them regularly; make sure what you are doing would be a good habit.
  2. Everything is going to be okay. There is no problem too big that we can’t solve.
  3. Ask yourself if what you are stressing about will matter in 2 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.
  4. Read good books.
  5. Stay curious.
  6. Instead of asking yourself why, ask yourself why not?
  7. When faced with a decision if you should go and do something fun, choose fun.
  8. Don’t be afraid of what might happen.
  9. Save some money for a rainy day or a play day.
  10. You can be or do anything you want.
  11. No one can define you.
  12. Your past doesn’t have to decide your future.
  13. Be your best self and be nice.
  14. Make health a priority –body, teeth, skin.
  15. Don’t lay out in the sun and don’t drink sodas (diet or otherwise).
  16. Stand up for what you believe.
  17. You can always sleep.
  18. Travel, a lot.
  19. Have new experiences.
  20. Worry is not going to get you anywhere.
  21. You don’t always have to follow the rules. I like rule breakers unless it is breaking into line.
  22. Don’t give away your power.
  23. You are good enough.
  24. It is never too late.
  25. Keep learning.
  26. Question.
  27. Don’t lose your zest for life.
  28. Do something physical on a regular basis.
  29. Be a historian of your life.
  30. Don’t be afraid.
  31. Make mistakes, lots of them.
  32. Get out of your own way.
  33. Take chances.
  34. Live fully.
  35. Love, even if it means you might get hurt.
  36. Keep trying.
  37. Believe in yourself.
  38. Don’t be swayed by others opinions.
  39. Find something to laugh about.
  40. Take time out to do something fun.
  41. Create a space for yourself.
  42. Find a hobby and do it.
  43. Do something just for the hell of it.
  44. Take chances.
  45. Carpe Diem.
  46. Surprise yourself.
  47. Pat yourself on the back everyday.
  48. Love yourself.
  49. Don’t give a shit, or don’t worry about what others think.
  50. Buy yourself something decadent and don’t feel bad about it.
  51. Try it, even if it seems hard.
  52. Trust yourself.
  53. Use your imagination.
  54. Ignore the naysayers.
  55. Develop good conversation.
  56. Do things for yourself.
  57. Recognize you deserve it.
  58. Do recognize it’s importance, but don’t let money drive every decision.
  59. Treat yourself nice.
  60. Regret nothing.
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