Forty-Five Years…Forty-Five Lessons

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Forty-Five Years….Forty-Five Lessons

by Linda Massucci

My birthday is July 23rd. Every year, someone asks me if I am where I thought I would be at this point in my life. My answer is always the same- ‘I am at this point for only a day, and today I feel great.’ I do try to remember everything I learned from past experiences & become a better person. So far, in my forty-five years, here are a few things I’ve learned.

  1. Always trust your first impression of someone.
  2. You can have more than one true love.
  3. Job experience is more valuable than anything learned in a classroom.
  4. Just because someone asks you a question, doesn’t mean you owe them an answer.
  5. You will never find true contentment at work.
  6. A life of serenity starts at home.
  7. Always look someone in the eyes when having a conversation.
  8. Make good manners a life style.
  9. Say ‘thank you’ to compliments and ‘I’ll try better’ to critiques.
  10. Heartbreaks do heal.
  11. Defend yourself when someone is yelling at you, but never match their tone.
  12. Karma does exist.
  13. Sometimes things just won’t go your way.
  14. You grow more from failures than from successes.
  15. Not everyone is going to like you.
  16. If you have one true friend, you are better off than having five good friends.
  17. When you are sick, stay home.
  18. Never make a decision based on what everybody else is doing.
  19. Marriage isn’t for everyone.
  20. Don’t have children unless you really want them.
  21. Never kiss and tell- it’s nobody’s business.
  22. Be happy for other people, even if you don’t agree with their choice.
  23. Give compliments often.
  24. Smile a lot.
  25. Mean people remind us what we are capable of becoming without self-respect and pride in our life choices.
  26. Never try to understand someone’s feelings.
  27. Sometimes bad things happen to good people.
  28. Don’t try to understand why the office idiot gets a promotion.
  29. Do your best even when you think no one is watching.
  30. Spend time with loved ones as often as you can.
  31. Take more pictures with your heart, than with your camera.
  32. Travel a back road at least once a year.
  33. Treasure every sunrise and sunset.
  34. Find peace within yourself, not from other people.
  35. Talk to strangers-you will learn something new.
  36. Show respect to someone even if you don’t like them.
  37. Never let anyone insult you twice.
  38. Not everyone you meet has the best intentions for you.
  39. Always get three estimates when doing home repairs.
  40. Never pay the sticker price on a car.
  41. Always use coupons and ask about discounts.
  42. It’s better to be admired for your ethics, than for your looks.
  43. Travel as much as you can.
  44. Pay your bills on time & in full- you will sleep better at night.
  45. Remember all your blessings and be thankful.


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Linda Massucci is represented by Hartline Agency. She writes family sagas, short stories, and about her travels across America. She loves photographing sunrises, sunsets and the beautiful landscapes across the United States. You can read her blogs, follow on social media, or learn more about Linda at her website: 


2 thoughts on “Forty-Five Years…Forty-Five Lessons

  1. Candy August 1, 2016 / 10:07 pm



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