It’s official… I turned fifty this month. And it’s the weirdest thing. On the one hand, I don’t particularly feel fifty. And people tell me I don’t look or act fifty. On the other hand, I’ve got fifty years of life lessons in how to be happy and fulfilled.
thanks so the wisdom gained from experience, I have good friends I can count on, a career I’m passionate about, and a healthy and loving twenty-two-year relationship with my husband.
As someone who came from a severely dysfunctional family and was diagnosed manic-depressive in high school, and again in college, I shouldn’t be this happy. But through much (very worthwhile) effort, I’ve found ways to become happy, positive, and way more even-keeled.
Which gives me a lot of hope that learning all these life lessons is going to help make this my best year, and decade, ever. So, I thought I’d share some of my hard-earned wisdom with you.
The bottom line is life really is what you make it. If you focus on making yourself into someone you love and respect, and working to build a life that brings you joy, you’ll be a much happier person.
It sounds corny but life really is a journey, not a destination. It’s a series of life lessons to be learned and applied. So, envision what you want and work towards it, but know that even if you get it, it may not look exactly like what you expected. And you may not get there how or when you wanted to.
That’s okay. Those are “shoulds” that only get in the way of your happiness. The key is to learn to enjoy as much as possible of each day, and each step on the journey, however it unfolds.
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