20 Things I’ve Learned In 60 Years

or “What I’d Warn Everybody Younger Than Me About,” by Dr. Linda Herlocker, EdD

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  1. Whenever you think you can’t do something, think back. Chances are you’ve done something harder.
  2. When something is worth having, don’t give up until you get it.
  3. You are your own best advocate.
    a. …and it’s corollary , “Take no shit.”
  4. Life isn’t fair. That doesn’t mean you can’t be.
  5. Before you start measuring your life against anyone else’s, remember, your “adequate” is most peoples’ “amazing.”
  6. The Golden Rule isn’t good enough. Go for Platinum: Treat people the way they wish to be treated.
  7. Making mistakes is okay; finding and fixing them is even better; learning from them is imperative.
  8. “I will make a difference” is both an affirmation and a prime directive.
  9. Not knowing is excusable; remaining ignorant is not.
  10. Laughter only works when shared…
    a. Everything is (or can be) funny, eventually.
  11. Tears and smiles generally cancel each other out, although there is always a time delay.
  12. Stretch.
  13. Our humanity is rooted in our empathy. It is mankind’s greatest gift.
  14. Your “gut feeling” about people or situations might just be gas. Don’t trust it.
  15. “No regrets” is impossible.
  16. Love is the only thing that lasts forever, and it always brings pain with its joy.
  17. “God” is whatever makes you a better person.
  18. Animals have souls, too, and probably have a vote in the judgment of us.
  19. If people are better off for having known me — mission accomplished.

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Husband & retiree. Developer, tech writer, & IT geek. I fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.

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