on aging / things i’ve learned the past 35 years

by christinady

This year, I turn 36. I’m leaving the mid-30s mark and going into late-30s. Woooohhoooooo.

There’s so much research on how to extend our lives, how to avoid aging, how to live longer.

But why?

Why do we need to live longer? Do you really know what to do with those extra 34 years? We waste so much of our life now, why bother extending it to waste some more?

If you were given an extra 1 hour a day, what would you do with it? Watch more tv? Sleep an extra hour? Does it really make a difference?

We complain so much of not having enough time, but the real problem is we just waste so much of it. How many hours a day do we spend on twitter, on just surfing the net, on channel surfing? Hours that add up to days that add up to years.

So think about it. Maybe the answer is to make each day count, to maximize each moment. To squeeze the juice out of life, instead of adding more years, that we’ll just waste away on the couch, mindlessly watching bad tv.

In any case, here are some things I’ve learned from my past 35 years. I’m probably older than you, so you better listen:

1. Life’s too short to wear painful shoes.

2. Same goes for skinny jeans. Unless, well, you have skinny genes.

3. Work-life balance is ok if you want to be average. If you want to excel, then you’ve got to be obsessed with that thing and just go for it.

4. Hard work + heart beats talent any day.

5. Share knowledge.

6. Chill. Life’s supposed to be fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

7. Want little, so you can work less, enjoy more.

8. Dream. A lot. And then go make them come true. You can do it, you know.

9. There’s no point in being mean. Shhh. Shut up and eat a cupcake instead.

10. Walk. Great for your body and your mind.

11. Have a blog so you’re forced to do some thinking and some interesting stuff! Chicken or egg, who cares?

Wow that list sounds so new-agey self-helpish but oh well!