20 Things I Know at 40 I Wish I’d Known at 20

  1. There are very few things worth getting angry about. Casting for the next Spiderman movie is not one of them. Save your anger for things that deserve it.
  2. You need a plan. “Figuring things will just work out.” is not a plan.
  3. If you look for enemies you’ll find them.
  4. The most awesome sound in the world is a baby laughing.
  5. Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid.
  6. Life isn’t about checking off boxes.
  7. People who are constantly giving you unsolicited advice usually have their own agendas.
  8. Some people make different choices than you do. It doesn’t mean they’re wrong. It just means they’re different.
  9. Shopping for furniture sucks, but if you go with a three-year-old you can build a pillow fort and no one will stop you.
  10. There is an old Polish proverb that says, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” Those were some wise old Poles.
  11. You can give people a third or even a fourth chance, but not a thirty-fourth chance.
  12. Always doing what makes others happy never makes anyone happy.
  13. Being grateful is less exhausting than being bitter.
  14. You can’t force other people to fulfill your needs.
  15. Don’t argue with people on the Internet. Just don’t.
  16. The universe is a big, complicated place. Don’t believe people who tell you they have it figured out.
  17. Sometimes it’s okay not to have an opinion.
  18. Don’t ever be ashamed to admit that you sometimes still eat Froot Loops and watch cartoons on Saturday morning (even if it means you have to record them on the DVR).
  19. People who conform don’t change the world.
  20. If your life doesn’t scare you a little, you’re doing it wrong.

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