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50 Things I've Learned From My First 50 Years. Part 1

Updated: May 17, 2023

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50 Things I’ve Learned in my First 50 Years

Earth Life is a Gift. Bend or Break, Keane

Experience is what we’re after, not perfection. Little Giant, Roo Panes

Become Like a Little Child, Childhood is underrated. Don’t let your imagination die; or at least flame it in others. Heroes, David Bowie

There’s room for all of us. Holdin’ Out, The Lumineers

Feel Your Feelings, Don’t apologize for being shown. Show Vulnerability, Show up as you are, no matter how sappy etc. I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You, Elvis Presley

Whether you can or can’t DANCE, have the soul of a dance! Be a fool! ENJOY what is there WHEN it is THERE! Weird Is Good. Can’t Stop the Feeling, Justin TImberlake

Kermit is about the best thing there is, next to Piggy. Rainbow Connection, Muppet Movie Soundtrack

The Force is REAL. We all are Skywalkers! Star Wars (Epic Main Theme), Samuel Kim

Find your people. Friends are the family you choose!. THe Fellowship is Real. We meet others at a certain time for certain reasons! Never Tear us Apart

A great teacher is priceless. Mr Swallow Can Can, Offenbach

Sunshine on My Shoulders Makes Me Happy. Preferably with an ocean. Always. Sunshine on My Shoulders Makes Me Happy. John Denver

DON’T save up for a rainy day! I LIVED, One Republic

You are always more and better than you think you are. Be Yourself. This is Me, Greatest Showman Soundtrack. 7th Grade

You will always need good music in your life. The Smiths single handedly got me through adolescence. Favorite Song: All I Want is You, U2–the full version!

Trust that part of you that knows. Listen to your gut. Your pearl is calling. Glorious, David Archuletta

Experience is a brutal teacher. There’s no going back, only forward. The Scientist, Coldplay

All you need is 20 seconds of profound courage. Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order.

Today is NOT FOREVER!! Boy, The Killers

When you discover your thing, PURSUE IT! Che Gelida Manina, La Boheme

Education is a WONDERFUL INVESTMENT that pays amazing dividends! And education shows up in a lot of ways. TRAVEL. LIFE Pumping Blood, NoNoNo

Hearts Break. And hurt. And yet still keep on beating. After that, I was always a little gentler with others' hearts. HONESTY is kinder in the Long run. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, The Smiths or Nothing Compares to You, PRINCE

Temptation is REAL. And more real is what you do with it. It is our CHOICES that define us. "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon, we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” Into Temptation, Crowded House

Sometimes you have to say goodbye to say hello. Find those who believe in you, or even if it’s just YOU, GO FOR IT!! Either way, you will learn damnit. What I Wish Just One Person Would Say to Me, LANY

It’s going to cost you nothing less than everything. Pray your Gods, Toad the Wet Sprocket.


Death and Rebirth are a divine pattern. From the microcosmic to the macro cosmic. You even have to say goodbye to all of the previous versions of yourself. Fix You, Coldplay

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