Top 15 Life Lessons I Learned at 60

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life lessonsI learned important life lessons in the first six decades of life. For my 60th birthday, I’m sharing them with you.

My birthday was April 14th. I received so many beautiful birthday wishes; over 200 posts on my Facebook timeline, private messages, and birthday cards of the handcrafted variety and store bought ones with beautiful messages.

I received loving birthday phone calls from people I know and love; people I’ve met in real life, and virtual friends I’ve never met in person with whom I’ve developed a very close relationship.

I woke up to a festively decorated house with birthday signs and streamers hung the night before by my son. We had carrot muffins with cream cheese icing for breakfast. My book club celebrated my birthday with a banner and cupcakes. Yum! (See life lesson #14).

My oldest daughter brought me the best gift of all, my almost two-year-old delicious granddaughter. She came up with a new name for me, Babaloonie. I love it. My daughter also brought home-baked cookies with an S stamped on top. Delicious. We went to the mall, where I got ten dollars worth of free Godiva chocolate as a birthday gift. (Life lesson #14 again!)

This was a big birthday. Ten years ago, when I turned 50, 60 seemed old. I would not date a man who was *gulp* 60. Those guys felt ancient to me!

But today, at 60, I don’t feel old at all. I’m told I don’t look old. I’m grateful to my parents for my good skin, AND being 60 is about so much more than how I look.

Last night, a few close friends took me out for sushi, and it was the best celebration. I asked each friend to share her biggest life lesson learned in the past decade. I loved what they said. I have such smart, funny, giving, amazing friends (Life lesson #1).

I shared some of the life lessons I’ve learned in the past six decades of life, and I’d like to share them now with you.

Top 15 Life Lessons I Learned at 60

1. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and influence you to be your best.

2. Let go of people who drain you.

3. Develop clear boundaries if you want people to treat you with the dignity you deserve.

4. Do work that you love, work that makes a difference in people’s lives.

5. Nurture the people in your life who matter. Work can usually wait. Opportunities to connect deeply with loved ones can’t.

6. Don’t listen to naysayers. They usually want you to stay small in order for them to not be afraid. That has nothing to do with you. Keep on doing what you believe to be true.

7. Think BIGGER! Go for that opportunity that scares the crap out of you. It will make you grow, whether you land it or not.

8. Ask for what you want. You may actually get it. If you don’t ask, you can kiss it goodbye.

9. Set goals and get an accountability partner. You’ll achieve so much more.

10. Celebrate your fabulous life. Life is fleeting. It goes by so quickly. So, make each day count and have boatloads of FUN.

11. Be grateful for what you have. Take stock every day of what’s great in your life. No matter how challenging things become, you can find something to be grateful for.

12. Be self-compassionate. Forgive yourself for making mistakes. Life is about do-overs.

13. Laugh. Every day.

14. Eat chocolate. Life is about pleasure. Enjoy the foods you love in moderation. Chew slowly. Savor the deliciousness.

15. Love and be loved. The more love you give, to yourself and others, the more love will touch your life.

I blew out candles twice on my birthday, which means I got two chances to make a wish. Can’t tell you my wishes, or they won’t come true. But I can tell you this; what I wished for is HUGE, and I know they’ll both come true 🙂

Please share one of your top life lessons learned in the past decade.  

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