50 is Fabulous…and Other Things You Didn’t Learn in Kindergarten

By Christine Salberg | Introspection

Aug 20
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We are all familiar with the poem “All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. However, as we get older and life gets more complex, we could use an addendum to this wise poem.

For many – myself included – turning 50 is a milestone. Itʼs a great time to reflect on your life, where you have been and where you wish to travel in this next phase. Here are some pearls of wisdom I have learned along my marvelous yet sometimes bumpy journey.

1. Discover what you love doing and do it well

2. Admit your mistakes and apologize

3. Build relationships not empires

4. Don’t burn bridges

5. Your family will drive you crazy but love them anyways

6. Sometimes friends leave your life and you donʼt know why and it hurts

7. Stop caring what everyone thinks

8. Learn to say no

9. Experiences are invaluable, objects dispensable

10. Some people never leave your heart

11. Love and respect yourself

12. Take a nap

13. Stay up all night

14. Dance by yourself to your favourite song, sing even if you are off key

15. Read, read and then read some more

16. Go see a boy band concert with your daughter

17. Go on a date with your son

18. Color, paint, do a puzzle, bake, run, garden

19. Stop churning and worrying, relax

20. Challenge yourself, punch above your weight

21. Learn something new

22. Change is good, change is scary

23. Money wonʼt make you happy but it does make life easier

24. Be kind, patient, forgiving

25. Stop holding grudges, you are only hurting yourself

26. Stop taking it personally, it’s not about you

27. Stop judging, accept people for who they are

28. Never go to bed angry

29. Your children will fulfill their dreams, not yours

30. Volunteer with kids, animals, the elderly

31. You may own one cat, just one, this is non-negotiable

32. Donʼt settle, you donʼt need to eat burnt toast (right on Teri Hatcher!)

33. Leave the world a better place than you found it

34. It’s time to stop counting calories, seriously

35. Don’t dress like your daughter or your mother

36. Make new friends, you can’t possibly have too many

37. Everyone needs a BFF, even at 50

38. Reading glasses are sexy

39. Have a go to dish that is made with love

40. People don’t change but perspectives do

41. Lick the batter off the spoon, colour outside the lines, dance in the rain

42. Laugh from your gut once a day, cry from your gut when you need to

43. Hug your kids every day

44. Say “I love you” often

45. Be honest

46. Owning a dog is better than therapy (and cheaper)

47. Love BIG, if not what’s the point

48. Be happy, you only get one shot at this great adventure

49. Just let it go……move on

50. 50 is Fabulous!

Be proud of your age, your wrinkles, your scars. They are signs of experience and wisdom.

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

Victor Hugo

About the Author

Christine possesses an exceptional ability to understand a clientʼs vision and bring it to fruition. Her creativity and attention to detail fuel exceptional results every time. Her insightful, innovative approach provides a personal touch tailored to an individual clientʼs needs. She thrives on meeting deadlines while making sure that client expectations are exceeded on every single project.

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