I asked a friend who is going towards his 80th year,
       What has he learned?

 

After loving my parents, my siblings,  my spouse, my children and my friends,
       I have now started loving myself.

I realized I’m not “Atlas “.
       The world is not resting on my shoulders.

I’ve stopped negotiating with the veggie sellers and of fruit.
       A bit more money won’t ruin me, and it might help that person save for his daughter’s schooling.

I leave a big tip for my waitress.
       The extra money could make her smile again.
       She works a lot harder to live than I do.

I’ve stopped telling the elderly they’ve already told this story many times.
       History makes them travel down memory lane and relive their past.

I learned not to correct people even when I know they’re wrong.
       The burden of making everyone perfect is not mine.
       Peace is more precious than perfection.

I give compliments freely and generously.
       Compliments are a mood enhancer, not only for the recipient but also for me.

       And a little hack for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER deny it. Just say ′′ Thank you.”

I learned not to be bothered by a mess such as a stain on my shirt.
       Personality speaks louder than appearances.

I walk away from people who don’t appreciate me.
       They may not know my worth, but I do.

When my tennis or golf partner makes a nice shot,
       I say Bravo to him!

I stay cool when someone thinks they’re superior.
       I’m not in a competition.

I learned not to be embarrassed by my emotions.
       It’s my emotions that make me human.

I learned it’s better to let go of the ego rather than breaking a relationship.
       My ego will keep me away, while with relationships, I will never be alone.

I learned to live every day like it was the last.
       After all, one of them will be.

I do what makes me happy.
       I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself.

Happiness is a choice.
       You can be happy anytime.
       Choose to be!

 

Why wait to be 60 or 70 or 80…?