On Quora.com is this question, which I thought I’d try to answer:
What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?
- Life is short – very short.
- Treat others how you would like to be treated yourself.
- Always live true to yourself to be happy.
- It actually could happen to you.
- That nobody wants to be around somebody who complains all the time.
- If you don’t look after your body in the first half of your life, it will tell you all about it in the second half.
- That eating too many unnatural sugary/sweet foodstuffs will cause you to have a sugar addiction which is very hard to break.
- Everyone wants your money, and if you’re too gullible you’ll be forever poor.
- To not believe advertisements. Whatever it is, it’s not really that wonderful…
- Don’t wait until tomorrow to do something you want to do. Do it today!
- Trying to control somebody else’s life will only bring sorrow.
- Life is what you make it. Make your own happiness.
- Your children are only on loan to you. Enjoy them while you can.
- That it’s okay to be alone. You don’t have to be one half of a couple to find fulfilment.
- To keep fit by wearing out the soles of your shoes and not the seat of your trousers.
- To listen and learn by the experience of others who have already been there, done it, and got the decorated tea-towel.
- If you don’t get up early enough, then somebody else will get there before you.
- That you cannot trust anybody except yourself.
- That you can never really know another person.
- Not to believe everything you read in the newspapers.
- There will always be people who have more than you’ve got.
- No amount of plastic surgery or anti-wrinkle cream will make a 50 year old look like a 15 year old.
- Youth is only fleeting, and surprise surprise, it can be quite liberating to be 50 and ‘invisible’!
Can you think of any more?