50 Things I Learned in My First 50
Years, Part 2

Thank you for all of the support for the first half of my list, 50 Things I Learned in My First 50 years, Part 1. Please check it out if you haven’t already. Here’s the second part of my list…

26. Rain is good.

27. Nature is everything. Everything is nature. We are nature. Technically, therefore, everything is natural.

28. But only certain things are organic. (See # 11.)

29. If you pay attention and ask for help, nature will tell you what you need to know, answer your questions, guide you, and heal you.

30. Believe in fairy tales because you are living one.

31. We each create our own reality. You are the author of your story, so choose wisely what you write.

32. Foreign movies are slower, but deeper and more interesting. Sometimes. No, often.

33. Laugh a lot, all the time. But be careful about using laughter to distract you from facing your pain or, worse, hurting others with your laughter. That is not funny.

34. Don’t ever laugh at poets or poetry. I am a poet.

35. The sooner you stop trying to be perfect or find perfection, the sooner you will find it.

36. Actually, the sooner you stop trying to find anything, the quicker you will find it.

37. Every single person has something to teach us and share with us. Look for it.

38. Hard work is sometimes overrated.

39. Home cooking is never overrated.

40. Write it down or you will forget it. You will!

41. You must choose life in order to live fully and long.

42. You must let others make their own choices about choosing life. You can’t choose for them.

43. If you do choose life, then you must find the courage to make the changes that will create happiness. Happiness doesn’t just happen. It’s a choice, too.

44. There are no rules. Not even rule #5.*

45. EVERYTHING is precious. Treat it that way.

46. You’ll never see a shooting star if you don’t go outside at night in the dark and look up!

47. Being in love is the best feeling in the universe. Be in love with everything.

48. Your body is your temple, your radio antenna, your car, your horse, your best friend. Take good care of it.

49. Massages of all types—and often—are not a luxury but a necessity.

50. Believe in your dreams and don’t ever stop believing in them, and eventually, they will come true!


*re: Rule # 5 – Harden the F#&k up.



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9 Responses to 50 Things I Learned in My First 50
Years, Part 2

  1. Lacy January 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Fabulous, Maria! Thank you!

  2. Amanda January 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful & I agree on all 50….Thank U

  3. Scott Edward Anderson January 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Awesome list! As a poet, a home-chef, and someone very much in love, I applaud those relevant points in particular. Thank you.

  4. Karen January 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Love your list!! One thing I wish I learned sooner…always dance when you have the chance…don’t worry about who’s watching or what they might think.

  5. Emily January 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I wonder if you learned Jesus is our savior.

  6. Beth January 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    I think most of your list is good. I believe in the Bible as God’s
    word.So I believe there IS Satan the Devil.

  7. Donna in Delaware January 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    We shall never find perfection here on Earth, because nothing is. You can say that nature is, but nature has its imperfections too. We can only dream and strive to coming as close to perfection as possible. May we all do so, but if that is the case, it will cause us to stop trying.

  8. Thebe Teso January 25, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    Im 40 now and this is very very inspirational and motivating. I will learn to observe the things ive learned when i reach 50. Thanx for that, Maria.

  9. Joan January 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    I’m 68 and am going to use your list to try and catch up! Great insights! I really enjoy your down to earth columns and advise!

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