Thursday, July 17, 2014

Things You Won't Regret When You're Older

Last month I ran across a Buzzfeed article called 27 Things You Won't Regret When You're Older. I thought it was an intriguing topic, but that 27 is an awfully large number of things to deal with all at once. Here's my pared-down version of that list, with the usual commentary:

Turning Off Your Phone When You're At Dinner. Mealtime should be a chance to enjoy the company of whomever you're with ... not a time to spend hunched over the phone. Of course, when Agnes and I eat at home by ourselves, we're almost always reading, so I guess I shouldn't talk too loudly.

Waking Up Early and Getting Stuff Done. One of the things I inherited from my father is an internal clock that gets me up at the crack of dawn. I am absolutely a morning person, and think the morning is the very best part of the day. As I get older, I find that I enjoy sleeping in on weekends ... but to me, "sleeping in" is pretty much anything after about 6 AM.

Not Going to Your High School Reunion. I disagree with this one. The caption in the original article said, "Unless you had the very best time in high school, don’t bother. You’ll keep in touch with the people who mattered, and you won’t with the ones who didn’t. No awkward dance party will change that." Once we leave high school, we spread to the four winds and lose touch with each other, and time gives us a perspective that helps us to make friends we missed the first time around. Of course, you still run into some of those ass clowns that made your life hell, but they're fewer than you remember ... and time usually hasn't been good to them, heh, heh, heh.

Telling Your Family How Much They Mean to You As Often As You Can. You'll be dead for a long, long time ... you need to share the love before it's too late.

Keeping a Photo Album Filled with Your Favorite Moments. I've got a great collection of pictures on my iPad that's the equivalent of the stereotypical pushy grandparents' photo album. It's not just pictures of the children and grandchildren, but of moments from my life that mean something to me. Just the thing when you run across an old friend and need a way to organize many years of catching up.

And ...

Expressing Yourself Creatively in Some Way. Everybody should be creative. Agnes makes quilts, does cross-stitching, works in stained glass, does beautiful matting and framing, and does amazing things with PhotoShop. I blog, enjoy photography, and write world-class letters*. We dance together and collaborate on cooking mean gourmet meals. If you can't be creative, you're nothing more than a sponge sucking up oxygen that could be better used growing trees.

What about you? What are the things you don't think you'll regret when you grow up? Leave a comment.

Have a good day. Life's too short for regrets.

More thoughts tomorrow.


* He said, modestly.


eViL pOp TaRt said...

For me, I won't regret acting like a child when I was a child.

Visiting my grandparents.

Rising early, going to bed early (mostly).

Grand Crapaud said...

Spend more time with my family.

Linda Kay Christensen said...

Divorcing my first husband...turned around and met mister wonderful!

Helping my mother write her memoirs.

Leaving home on the farm at 18 to begin a life of amazing adventures.

Linda Kay Christensen said...
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Big Sky Heidi said...

Leaving my home state for new adventures.

Getting a boob job.

Studying physics.

Mike said...

I thought of a bunch of things but I'm not sure if the statute of limitations has run out on all of them so I can't tell about them yet.

Bilbo said...

Angel - your first one is a good one. Too many people don't get a real childhood.

Grand - Excellent choice for a lot of reasons.

Linda - we need to know more about the amazing adventures.

Heidi - I'll bet that studying physics gave you useful insights for improving your cantilever.

Mike - You can tell the stories the next time we get together.

Brandi said...

Getting an e3ducation, despite it all.

Kristen Drittsekkdatter said...

Divorcing my ex-husband.