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Life Lessons at Almost 36 Years Old

January 10, 2017

I was thinking the other day about turning 36 years old soon and realized that for all those years of living, I surely must have picked up some kind of wisdom over the years- either through experience or osmosis. So I decided to write down some life advice that I wish I followed better myself:

Research Everything of Importance

I would imagine this is obvious but Google really is your best friend. We live in an age where information accessibility is almost instantaneous. Long gone are the days of bar bets that had to be settled by the Guinness World Book of Records book (which they still apparently publish). Now almost any debate can be resolved or informed by a quick perusal of the internet. I know it may sound condescending when I say it, but if I ask you if you googled it first, the really only good answer is “Yes.”

Go the Doctor and Dentist Regularly

Medical conditions or teeth issues rarely resolve themselves well. If you’re over 30, you really should be seeing a doctor for annual checkups and the dentist every 6 months or so. While it is easy to rely on home remedies and folklore elixirs, ultimately doctors and dentists have actually gone to school for years to get their positions. They probably know what they are talking about. Or at least a helluva lot more than the average patient that didn’t even bother to google their symptoms before walking in.

Listen to Your Family

I know it’s a bit cliche, but your family does really know you best. When they offer advice, it should be a golden rule that you at least listen to what they are saying. Obviously, your family may not always have it right, but they should be paid the courtesy of a careful hearing- unless your family is a bunch of idiots, in which case, google everything and hope they didn’t feed you too many lies growing up.

Be Honest

I can’t imagine how many marriages would still be together or families on speaking terms if people would just be honest with themselves and others. I think it was Mark Twain who said “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Sometimes we tend to bend or massage the truth or outright lie- often with the best of intentions. However, it pays to be honest with everyone that we care about- ourselves included.


Not that I am following this advice from my doctor to the letter, but as adults, we really should be exercising regularly. We cruise parking lots for minutes on end, simply to find a closer parking space- knowing that a little walk from the car to the store doors would do us all good. It’s time to start taking exercising seriously- whether because we added a few pounds last year or our blood pressure is getting high. Take the advice of your doctor and exercise at least 3 times a week.

Eat Healthier

I know that getting fast food after a long day’s work is the easy choice. However, it may not be the best choice. If you do opt for fast food, try and get just the sandwich without the fries. And cut out drinking soda why you’re at it. I have found even cooking just one or two meals at home during the week has significantly saved me money and most probably some extra pounds.

Enjoy Life

They say to dance like nobody is watching. I say to dance like everyone is watching and you’re Napoleon Dynamite. Life is beautiful and full of adventure. Don’t forget to have fun. There is a time to be serious and a time to be ridiculous and knowing the difference between the two is the better part of wisdom. Or in other words “Be smart about being stupid.”So by all means have fun and enjoy life. Just do it in moderation of course- even if your favorite drunk uncle isn’t always the best example.

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