On 40.

Today I turned 40 years old, and life just keeps getting better.

I don’t know what compelled me to write this post – thankfully I am not sick, my life is not in turmoil, I am not depressed. In fact, quite the opposite. I am happier and more positive than I have ever been.

I suppose I just remember that 40 years old is widely considered to be somewhere around “mid-life”. So if this is halftime, here are the rules of the game, as I’ve learned them along the way:

  • Love the one you are with like it’s your last day together.
  • Give others the benefit of the doubt.
  • Try not to use the word “hate” – reserve that for when you truly mean it.
  • We are all in this together, act like it.
  • Let go of things that you cannot control.
  • Whatever is currently pissing you off won’t matter two days from now.
  • Smile more. Your good intentions are not known to the world unless you physically radiate them!
  • Steer clear of negative people. They will suck the life out of you.
  • Always be the worst one in the band. Play “up” to another level.
  • Even though you may be introverted, try not to be a total hermit.
  • Nobody owes you anything.
  • Tomorrow is not written.
  • The most formidable enemy you will ever meet is your own doubt.
  • You get one shot sat this, so act like it.
  • Once you can envision the end result nothing can stop you.
  • You cannot keep a hand in the past and build your future.
  • Technology is f%#^ing great.
  • Go wash your hair or your car : this is when great ideas come.
  • Write a love note to your significant other often.
  • You may have pride, but don’t be too proud.
  • Always realize that people have other options, so be thankful it’s you they’ve come to.
  • Stay in touch.
  • Nothing is perfect.
  • Dream about you at 10 years old. Now go harness that vision and energy in a creative way.
  • Balance as much as possible.
  • Start with honey first – only show claws when necessary.
  • Always be your own Boss.
  • Life is music, always be listening.

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