|Sunset in Islamorada, circa 2010|
My dear friends, this post is long overdue -as I had it in my mind for months. Inspired by one of my favorite blogger's learnings and epiphanies and based on a 35-year empirical research cycle, here you have it: 35 years, 35 lessons.
#1 The greatest successes in life come from very simple concepts: Karma, love, hard work, timing, faith and having dinner before 8pm.
#2 Family is everything.
#3 Dream big. Dreams come true.
#4 One of the keys of happiness is surrounding yourself with positive people that love you.
#5 A person who try to consistently make you feel bad about yourself, is clearly projecting his/her own sh*t/ frustrations on you. Just keep that in mind.
#6 Follow your heart. It always finds its way -it might take a few/a lot of detours or bumps in the road.
#7 Expect and dream about unconditional and hopelessly romantic love (see #3)
#8 Money comes and goes. Don't let your money define you.
#9 Live below your means and try to save money.
#10 There's no such thing as 'just one glass of wine'
#11 One glass of red wine is just 150 calories (aprox). The problem is that it goes great with cheese and bread. (see #10)
#12 DVD marathons of your favorite TV shows are some of the greatest entertainment options ever.
#13 Finding the TV show that rocks your world is just so sweet.
#14 Good eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life.
#15 It is OK to be single for years. Your relationships or sexual life don't define you as a woman.
#16 A one-night stand is a perfectly valid life experience.
#17 Count calories, compensate, enjoy good food, exercise as much as you can.
#18 If he says he loves you, he might be lying, but when he tells you he doesn't, he is not lying.
#19 Love without commitment doesn't go anywhere. Love and attraction are pivotal. But commitment is what really takes the relationship to the next level.
#20 If he is the wrong guy, the sooner he leaves, the better.
#21 Yes, there are people in the world who don't like Paris or like Fidel Castro.
#22 When you don't like something, it doesn't mean that it is going to be bad for you -sometimes, quite the opposite.
#23 Follow YOUR intuition. If you make a mistake, at least it's YOUR mistake, hence YOUR lesson.
#24 Believing in mistakes is kind of empowering and takes a lot of pressure off. (see #23)
#25 Learning and forgiving are some of the most healing processes ever. There's always a lesson to be learned.
#26 A broken heart is like a bad cold: When in full swing, you think you're dying, but eventually you always get over it.
#27 A girl becomes a woman when she realizes that her mother was always right.
#28 The greatest things in life involve some degree of fear. Don't let the fear keep you from doing anything.
#29 When you are scared of doing something, but you are even more scared of not doing it, it is pretty obvious that you really have to go for it. (See # 28)
#30 I truly think that there's a place in the Universe where souls meet and dreams start coming true.
#31 Over prepare, work hard, but also go with the flow and let the Universe/God do what They have to do. (see #30)
#32 When two people really want the same thing, there are no boundaries, only possibilities.
#33 Accept advices, but do what YOU feel is right -become fully accountable/responsible for your doing (see #6 , #23 and #24)
#34 In a relationship, every person has two main jobs: giving to your significant other all the love, support, comfort and security, and at the same time, not taking that other person for granted.
#35 Nothing more empowering and relivieving than the inner peace that comes from knowing that you are in the place where you really have/want to be.
(Ha! I wonder how this post will look like when I hit 40!)
Have a great Wednesday!