For the last decade I've written a poem just before my birthday. It's been insightful to look back on these and see how I've grown or not (sometimes I've slipped backwards.) This year it's not quite a poem but, nevertheless, the tradition continues.
So here it goes...WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM MY 44TH YEAR ON EARTH
There are no such thing as, "golden years." Enjoy today.
Life is fragile.
The largest obstacle is my own mind.
Experiences are always better than things.
Two glasses of wine can indeed give you a hangover.
Happiness in life is 98% perception.
Vintage or artisan are just synonyms for "expensive."
Being busy doesn't equate to being productive.
A writer's work is never done. Ever.
The sooner you remove toxic people from your life the better.
Most everybody has an angle (and that's okay, people have to make a living).
Absinthe is a powerful laxative.
Talk less, listen more.
People can be fickle.
Things happen in their own time, you can't rush fate.
White Castles taste better than 90% of gourmet meals.
The US political system is far more corrupt than I suspected.
Simple is almost always best.
There are more productive hours in a day than I thought.
I care less about what people think than I used to.
Meditation is more important now than ever.
Say what you mean.
Never sacrifice what is important to you.
Excuses create regret.
Be yourself, always, no matter what.
Dreams must be made a priority. Now.
Success never happens without risk.
I need at least seven and half hours of sleep to be my best self.
When you think you can't go on, you've only just begun.
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