Monday, November 13, 2017

45 Life Lessons to LIVE BY

45 Life Lessons Written by a "90-Year-Old Woman" 

I posted this in 2014, but wanted to share the joy again!!  Isn't she adorable?

People often tell Regina Brett how great she looks for her age.

Turns out, she is actually 54 years old — not 90. She wrote down these life lessons the night before her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Over that past decade, these lessons have gone viral on the Internet amid claims that she is 90 years old. Luckily, she finds humor in this misrepresentation, knowing how many lives she has touched.

Whatever her age might be, these universal lessons are relatable to anyone who needs a little reminder of what’s important in life.
  1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
  11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
  14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  17. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
  25. Forgive everyone everything.
  26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  29. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  30. Believe in miracles.
  31. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
  32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
  36. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  37. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  40. The best is yet to come.
  41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  43. If you don't ask, you don't get.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
If you want more inspiration from Regina Brett, check out her personal website!


  1. I hope you enjoy this post.

    I love the 45 items listed here.

  2. I love these! I tell #43 to my kids all the time. They assume we'll say no, so they never ask...and odds are that at least SOME of those times we would have agreed.

  3. What a fantastic list! Such a smart lady too :)

  4. I read her book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Lots of good reminders!

  5. Thank you for sharing this Elizabeth, it was beautiful ♥ I even got a little misty.

  6. They are quite good, Vicki...thanks for stopping by.

  7. Thanks for stopping, Michelle.

    She seems very smart.

  8. I will have to get her book.

    Thanks for stopping, Mary.

  9. I got misty too, Monique.

    THANKS for stopping.

  10. Very wise and very succinct. I hope you don't mind if I still this for my blog. I'll be sure to give you and Regina Brett credit.

  11. "Steal" not "still." Sorry about that.

  12. It is wonderful, Beth. I agree.

    THANKS for stopping.

  13. Great post and awesome rules to live by!

  14. I love them too.

    THANKS for stopping, Darlene.

  15. Regina is a local Cleveland gal so I get to read her in the newspaper and I've heard her speak. She's inspirational for sure.

  16. I loved the 45 items when I found them.

    Thanks for stopping, stacybuckeye.

    Neat she is a local gal.

  17. There's so much wisdom in these lessons. My favorite is #9...

  18. LOL, Laura.

    Chocolate does help many things.

    THANKS for stopping.

  19. Lots of wise words and wisdom here! Thank you for sharing this wonderful list, Elizabeth!

    1. There definitely are a lot of words of wisdom.

      Thanks for commenting, Suko.

  20. These are great, thanks for posting.

    1. I really enjoyed them.

      Thanks for commenting, Ellen.

  21. I love this very much!!
    I'll reread this whenever I need some guidance.
    Thnx for stopping by!

    1. It is very inspirational.

      Thanks for commenting, Bookish Owl.