Life lessons and how they come full circle

Life happens faster than we think. I remember countless times my dad telling me “you’ll be a grown up soon enough, enjoy being a kid.” Of course I wanted nothing to do with what he said. I wanted to be GROWN. But here I am now, a “grown” woman, with five kids, reiterating the same message to my children.

Why is it that we hesitate to listen to the wisdom of our parents or other generations? Is it honestly because we think we know better? Or is this some sort of evolutionary thing that we have to ignore the wisdom to create our own. Just to then try to pass it on, only to be ignored (lol)

This song played this morning on the radio and I was in awe because it is a capsule of generational wisdom and depicts a season to come.

“Wear sunscreen”

… If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it

A long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists

Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable

Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now

… Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind

You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth

Until they’ve faded, but trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back

At photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now

How much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked

You are not as fat as you imagine

… Don’t worry about the future

Or worry, but know that worrying 

Is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing Bubble gum

The real troubles in your life 

Are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind

The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday

Do one thing every day that scares you

… Saying, don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts

Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours

… Floss

… Don’t waste your time on jealousy

Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind

The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself

Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults

If you succeed in doing this, tell me how

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements

… Stretch

… Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life

The most interesting people I know

Didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives

Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t

Get plenty of calcium

Be kind to your knees

You’ll miss them when they’re gone

… Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t

Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t

Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the ‘Funky Chicken’

On your 75th wedding anniversary

Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much

Or berate yourself either

Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s

… Enjoy your body, use it every way you can

Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it

It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room

Read the directions even if you don’t follow them

Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly

… Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good

Be nice to your siblings, they’re your best link to your past

And the people most likely to stick with you in the future

… Understand that friends come and go

But a precious few, who should hold on

… Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle

For as the older you get

The more you need the people you knew when you were young

Live in New York City once but leave before it makes you hard

Live in northern California once but leave before it makes you soft

… Travel

… Accept certain inalienable truths

Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too, will get old

And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young

Prices were reasonable, politicians were noble

And children respected their elders

… Respect your elders

… Don’t expect anyone else to support you

Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse

But you never know when either one might run out

… Don’t mess too much with your hair

Or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85

… Be careful whose advice you buy but be patient with those who supply it

Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past

From the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts

And recycling it for more than it’s worth

… But trust me on the sunscreen

Perspective. Life. Wisdom.

Life today is so complicated. This song does an amazing job of breaking down the simplicities of life and the lessons you can learn.

Share this with you children and see how they respond. Don’t be shocked if you get a super eye roll. It’s worth a listen for any child before they’re 18.

What did you take away from this song?

xx A mother who is trying to simplify life.

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