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What is your best life lesson learned to date?

Asked by gravity (3101 points ) September 5th, 2010

If you are not comfortable telling why, then how old were you when you learned it?
Mine would be, “never say never” and I was about 36 when I learned this.

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Cruiser's avatar

Life is too short. This kind of hit home for me about a year ago when I realized I am not young anymore and I am having to accept that I can’t do everything as hard and as heavy as I once was able and that helped drive home the point that I won’t be here forever and add in 4 people I know who have terminal illnesses and others who have potentially life shortening disease….yes life is too short.

TexasDude's avatar

“History favors the bold.”

ucme's avatar

“It’s always darkest before the dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbours newspaper, that’s the time to do it!” :¬)

RomanExpert's avatar

Surround yourself with good people.

iamthemob's avatar

There’s rarely such a thing as “the cause” of a problem.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

Life is like a cake, made of butter salt flour eggs and sugar, all the ingredients are bad tasting by themselves but put together is great.

buster's avatar

Don’t do hard drugs.

Akua's avatar

1)The Best Revenge is living well. This is true. When someone has mistreated you the last thing they want to hear is how happy you are.
2) Live everyday as if it were your last. Life is short.
3) Live, Love, Laugh. Start with yourself.
4) A quiet mouth doesn’t get fed.

zen_'s avatar

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. Wordsworth.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Don’t fall in love expecting you can change (or help) your loved one to become what you think they need to be, could be, or should be.

Neither of you will be happy.

It’s easier to love someone whom you have no desire to change.

janbb's avatar

You can’t always get what you want. (I was probably about 2.)

iamthemob's avatar

You, Kant, ALWAYS get what you want. :-)

Ben_Dover's avatar

@iamthemob @janbb

…But if you try sometime, you just might find…You get what you need!!!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

That was a good song for the first House episode.
Anyway, I learned around early 20s that I shouldn’t have a set ‘life plan’.

Winters's avatar

Live like you’re not afraid to die

Learned this around the age of 15 when a friend died, realized life was too short anyways to waste being afraid the possibility of dying.

I would have probably said also never become emotionally attached, but I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember.

free_fallin's avatar

“For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.” Hunter S. Thompson

Simplicity is key.

BratLady's avatar

Miracles do happen~ I was told I would be confined to a wheelchair by age 46. I’ve been fighting like hell for 11 years and do use a power chair often but I can do some things for myself.

Akua's avatar

If everybody likes you then chances are your not saying much.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Your blood family isn’t always the place to put your trust, look to for security/protection or to expect emotional support from. Don’t wreck yourself trying to wonder why or pushing that they should.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Make peace with the past so it won’t screw up the present.

Be eccentric when you are young, don’t wait until you are old to wear purple!

Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

Frenchfry's avatar

Stop and smell the roses.

Ben_Dover's avatar

“Work like you don’t need money, Love like you’ve never been hurt, And dance like no one’s watching.”

Akua's avatar

@Ben_Dover I love that one!

Ben_Dover's avatar

@Akua You have extremely good taste!

China_Cudix3's avatar

‘Stop expecting’

15acrabm's avatar

‘life is to short eat dessert first’ is my favorite, but to be serious…
‘you can’t succeed until you try’

woodcutter's avatar

Don’t loan money to anyone that you expect to see again.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

That we cannot change other people (at age 28). We can agree with feedback from others and agree with an inspirational speaker’s message. It is only internal motivation that allows us to make changes in our own behavior.

TexasDude's avatar

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

Zyx's avatar

My own mind is the only thing that will always be with me, so I might as well consider myself god.

Akua's avatar

I just learned this last week: Never judge your inside by other people’s outside.

AstroChuck's avatar

I’ve learned that you can keep puking long after you think that you’re finished.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Don’t live your life solely for other people, and don’t do things only because others expect it from you. Do what makes you happy (as long as you’re not harming anyone of course, as i always say).

janbb's avatar

Always put your car keys down in the same place!

rojo's avatar

I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people are just assholes.

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