what you've learned

Just had an interesting conversation w/ a friend about a subject that seems well suited to the teeming millions.

Awhile back there was a series of books called Modern Man’s Guide to Life. It was basically a bunch of guys (and yes, some women) hanging out and swapping info on basically everything.

The books covered how to buy cars, houses, get a drunk date home, hygiene, romance, handling rotten jobs, sorting laundry, you name it. It was regular folks sharing Life 101 tips.

What have you learned in your life that you wished you known earlier?

That I’m not as smart as I thought.

Would have been okay, if I hadn’t acted on that mistaken assumption. Several times. Heck, lots of times.

Okay, most of the time. There! Happy now?

I wish I’d known that it’s more fun to be happy than angry all the time.

Simple, but it took me years to figure out (insert joke here).

You say “cheesy” like that’s a BAD thing.

Don’t chase tequila with vodka.

Don’t drink tequila, PERIOD! :wink:
But seriously, I learned to MIND MY OWN BUSINESS! If you stop living others lives and worrying about thier business, your life suddenly becomes so much easier.
In other words, if it doesn’t affect you, don’t talk,think,or worry about it.

(PS- I don’t mean civil rights- I mean everyday things)

Run for the hills, folks! Or you’ll be up to your armpits in martians!

My parents were right. I was ignorant, and they were not. My new favorite saying is “The older I get, the smarter my parents get.”

I’ve learned that it’s okay to ask other people for help, and I don’t have to to everything myself.

I’ve learned it’s okay to not be Superman. Good thing, too. Those tights chafe something awful after a while…

Someday we’ll look back on this, laugh nervously, and change the subject…

I learned that I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and people like me.

Except kellibelli…

Yer pal,

Well, not to get too religious here, but:

The Bible is not the end-all, be-all source of all wisdom and understanding for all people in all circumstances. It was/is inspired when written, but was still penned by human hands that were attached to a fallible human being. (Please, I’m not in the BBQ Pit or Great Debates. I’m not interested in arguing this–only stating what I’ve learned.)

What I believe to be spiritually right and wrong is based on my interpretation of the Bible, and those who disagree aren’t always WRONG. Interpretations differ, and they change in time. Religious respect, I suppose, is an accurate summary of that.

God is bigger than the boxes my previous fundamentalism put Him in. He will always be bigger than my present faith–I can never “know it all” and thus tell other people they’re wrong. I say this because I am now living a life my “old” self would condemn. The irony isn’t lost on me. Hmm, I guess religious humility is another aspect I’ve learned (and am learning).

That, and my body is not as grotesque as I always believed it was. Brian is wonderful for that (and so much more!). :slight_smile:

“Me fail English? That’s unpossible!”

“English? Who needs that? I’m never going to England.”

Somthing I STILL haven’t learned is when you know something is right, not to be as much of an evangelist and let others discover iot for themselves.

That and the fact that Jagermeister and beer do NOT mix.

Don’t let the loveless ones sell you a world wrapped in grey.

My family and friends love me no matter what. They help me, support me and I do the same for them. I wish I would have known it sooner. A lot of things I never thought anyone would understand, they do.

Also, when your mom tells you to quit smoking, never tell her, “I can quit anytime I want.”

It’s 20 years later and I’m STILL smoking!

Oh, Byzantine, so true.
I’m still smoking, too.
Drat. Sigh. Well, I can always quit AGAIN.

To have faith

In myself and my own abilities
In others, that most people are basicly good
In God(or whatever form of a diety(sp?) you worship)That there is always a path for our lives and that we are never given a burden to great for us

On alcohol: Never end a night of drinking Lemon Drops, beer, Snakebites, and Cactus Juice with a Kahlua Cream.

On religion: Take it with a grain of salt.

On parenting: Take things in stride. Let your child learn that a scrape on the knee or a bedroom with no nightlight are not things to worry about.

Veni, Vidi, Visa … I came, I saw, I bought.

  1. That myth refers to: Sacred narratives that explains how the world and humanity came to be in their present form (meaning yes even bible stories, and other religious stories). NOT lies, and misinformation (No better way to grate on the nerves of Mythologists than to call a lie or fallacy a Myth :))

  2. It doesn’t matter what others think. If they have a problem, with you, that is their fault, not yours.

  3. Who’s to say their religion is the correct one for all people? We don’t know what is right one, we only believe we know what is the right one.

Never drink a shot called Dragon Piss

Fix a shifter on a automatic if its loose! (I dropped a trannie when it slipped into reverse going 50)

Go for the gusto

Discipline matters more than talent.

Never mix beer, wine coolers, cheetos and oreos.

The only people whose opinions of me count are those I care for and/or respect.

The pain, fear, and difficulty of facing up to my own hairy problems is - in the long run - an order of magnitude less than the pain, fear, and difficulty of not doing anything about my own hairy problems.

Some enlightened people are interested in comparing their religious beliefs, but no one is really interested in having them challenged.

Even if it irks you to the point of grinding your teeth down to little nubs, if it’s harmless and it gives comfort to someone, leave it alone.

“I’m surprised that you’ve never been told before, that you’re lovely, that you’re perfect, and that somebody wants you.” - Semisonic, f.n.p

On alcohol: A 110-pound woman CANNOT win a drinking contest. Don’t even try.

On men: a) They won’t find you attractive if you don’t find yourself attractive.

b) Don’t ever apologize just because you want THEM to apologize back. They’re not good at taking hints that way.

On life: It’s supposed to be fun, and if it isn’t, change what you’re doing.

What other people think of me isn’t that important. If I lead a good life and adhere to my principles, people will think more highly of me, but it’s an incidental result and not the goal.

Having and raising kids is terribly difficult, expensive, exhausting, and often heartbreaking. I’d give up my life in an instant for my kids, and I love them with all my heart, but if I had it to do over again I wouldn’t have had them.

Just because something “feels right” doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Think rationally about every decision.

Success takes hard work and planning. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Expect the worst, but hope for the best.

Never let your future mother-in-law plan your wedding for you. You will end up with the wedding she always wanted, not the one you wanted.

No matter how convincing the person is, never have sex with them on the first date unless you use protection (this lesson was learned the hard way, believe me).

Never loan money to family unless you’re willing to throw that relationship right down the toilet.