When you're 15, 35 seems
ancient. When you're 35, 15 seems juvenile. A turnaround in a split second
-- two decades zoom past and before you know it, it's only a mile to the
Don't fear age -- it's a
rite of personhood.
Don't fear death -- it's
God's greatest jest.
Don't grow old. You don't
Don't date because you're
Don't marry because you're
Don't have kids because you
think your genes are superior.
Don't separate because you
think it's fashionable.
Don't drink because you have
Don't gamble because you
think winning is inevitable.
Don't philander because you
think you're irresistable. Most likely, you're not.
Don't associate with people
you can't trust. Don't cheat. Don't lie. Don't pretend. Don't try to buy
your way into the kingdom of God. Don't dictate because you're smarter.
Don't demand because you're stronger. Don't sleep around because you think
you're old enough and know better. Don't hurt your kids because loving
them is harder. Don't sell your self, your family, or your ideals.
Learn a new skill.
Find a new friend.
Start a new career.
Don't live in the past.
Time can't bring anything
or anyone back.
Don't put your life on hold
for possibly Mr. Right.
Don't throw your life away
on absolutely Mr. Wrong because your biological clock is ticking and
you can't afford to have your eggs harvested before the new millennium.
There's always a mad rush
to something, somewhere, but victory does not always belong to those who
finish first. Sometimes, there is no race to be won, only a price to be
paid for some of life's more hasty decisions. You can't always go with
the throng who could be wrong. Sometimes, you have to be alone to be enlightened.
To terminate your loneliness,
reach out to the homeless.
To feed your nurturing instincts,
care for the needy.
To fulfill your parenting
fantasies, get a puppy.
Don't bring another life
into this world for all the wrong reasons.
To keep yourself warm, buy
a jacket. In the long run, it will be less complicated and costly.
To make yourself happy, pursue
your passions and be the best you can be.
Simplify your life. Take
away the clutter. Get rid of destructive elements: abusive friends, nasty
habits, and dangerous liaisons. Don't abandon your responsibilities but
don't overdose on duty. Don't live life recklessly without thought and
feeling for your family. Be true to yourself.
Don't commit when you're
not yet ready. Don't keep others waiting needlessly.
Fall in love -- it's the
greatest thing on earth. But take care. And remember: after the fall
must come the rise.
Go on that trip. Don't
postpone it. Say those words. Don't let the moment pass. Do what you must
even at society's scorn. Write poetry. Love deeply. Walk barefoot.
Hold hands. Dance with wild abandon. Cry at the movies.
Take care of yourself. Don't
wait for someone to take care of you. You light up your life. You drive
yourself to your destination. No one completes you... except you.
It is true that life doesn't
get easier with age. It only gets more challenging. Don't be afraid. Don't
lose your capacity to love. Pursue your passions. Live your dreams.