Saturday, January 7, 2012

48 in 48

my forty-eighth birthday is today and i was so inspired by andria's birthday list last year that i just had to make my own. so here are 48 things i have learned to be true in my 48 years:

  1. people are more important than things
  2. mexican restaurants serve the worst red wine
  3. nice does matter
  4. you are what you do, not what you say, or think, you are
  5. living a balanced life means leaving room for junk food
  6. walking is a good enough exercise
  7. a good cook does not need fancy equipment
  8. falling in love is not a crime
  9. happiness is a choice
  10. age happens and it is easier to just accept it gracefully
  11. play rough, get hurt
  12. good manners will open doors
  13. the best weekends are like good vistas - wide open!
  14. never say never - life will definitely humble you
  15. you won't regret the time it takes to watch the sun rise or set
  16. hot tea is good for the soul
  17. bring your patience to the airport
  18. comfort trumps style when it comes to shoes (and just about everything else!)
  19. the more you have to do, the more you get done
  20. summer is by far the shortest season
  21. write it down if you want to remember it
  22. life doesn't get easier but, with luck, age brings wisdom
  23. finding someone you like to work with is a gift
  24. the holiday season doesn't have to have rules
  25. letting go is the hardest part of living
  26. growing as a person is not linear - it takes many directions, even backwards
  27. art = risk
  28. real mail is so much more satisfying to send and receive than email
  29. the presence of birth and death feels the same
  30. getting together with old friends is never a waste of time
  31. you can visit a place over and over and always find something new/different about it
  32. work provides structure and meaning to life
  33. there are an unlimited number of cloud formations
  34. death is not the end; it is nothing to be feared
  35. your siblings will grow up to be your best, and oldest, friends
  36. a true, authentic life requires living through your soul
  37. blue sky is something to smile about
  38. everyone should know at least one favorite poem by heart
  39. words are extensions of our thoughts and should be handled with care
  40. there is nothing like hugging a horse for an instant shot of well-being
  41. it's never too late to be who you really are and live the life you imagined
  42. peanut butter m and m's are the best kind
  43. there is a limited number of everything in life - birthdays, autumns, beautiful moments - so treasure each one
  44. my three year old niece has the sweetest voice in all the world
  45. you can learn something from everyone but sometimes it's not worth the bother
  46. write, write, write
  47. be kind even (especially) to yourself
  48. wisdom is more important than truth
i plan to add to this list as i grow even older since i am no where close to being finished learning!


  1. I LOVE your list, and happy birthday! I hope this year brings you some well-deserved happiness, inspiration for your creations, and some awesome blog-worthy experiences. :)

  2. happy happy birthday dear Laurie--all the very very best to you. I really loved reading through your list-so many many of them ring true for me...yes!! tea is good for the soul and never say never!!! Thanks for sharing these with us...I may have to make a list of my own one of these days:) xxx

  3. I love this list. I think I will come back to contemplate it more in the future.

  4. Happy Birthday! and thank you for a lovely list - so much wisdom there! = )

  5. I just saw this, Laurie! What a great list!! I was nodding and saying "yes, yes, yes" with every one. I'm so glad you did this!

  6. Hi Laurie, This is a great list. I have ten years on you but I will have to start using this list today! And thanks for dropping by my blog.