A Collection Of Life Advice From The Elderly – Things They WISH They Had Known When They Were Young.

When you were in elementary school, you probably had an assignment to “write a letter to yourself in the future.” They were filled with questions and hopes and dreams, but when we read them ten or twenty years later, we have all of the answer and wish that somehow, we could have sent one back. This collection of “life advice” comes from people who wish they had heard this advice long before they learned it all the hard way.

Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.”

Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?”

Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. Go!”

Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke – so you never actually become one.”

A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am; everyone else is just an acquaintance.”

The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME.”

If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.”

When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories are limiting your life and other people’s lives.”

Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.”

Children grow up too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.”

Don’t look at the calendar. Just keep celebrating every day.”

Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Word hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.”

Floss regularly. Dental problems are awful.”

The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.”

Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.”

And someone once told me that your age shouldn’t hold you back from anything. “So, you don’t want to learn massage therapy at 45 because you’ll be 47 by the time you get a certificate? What happens if you don’t do it? You’ll be 47 and still won’t have a certificate.”

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