I feel fortunate that I can regularly turn to a person with such spot-on instinct, an amazing ability to clarify and simplify things, and someone who's "been there, done that" and is always willing to listen.
Here are a few of her observations over the years. If she could, she would pour you a "nice cup of tea" at the kitchen table right now.
- Take your time getting older. Don't rush to get it all done at once, and you will enjoy different experiences.
- Keep your sense of humor in tact and don't sweat the small stuff. Everything is usually just a 10-day wonder.
- Take pride in whatever you do -- whether it's raising a family, showing up to a job everyday, or even just ironing a shirt -- put your best effort into it.
- Tell the truth. It's so much easier in the end. You don't have to remember what you said, and really, less people get hurt.
- Life is funny -- you can change on the outside, but many of your feelings, thoughts, emotions and values stay the same on the inside.
Lately I can completely relate to number five. I'm 41 and can no longer do a cartwheel, manuever a skateboard, or ride a rollercoaster without getting sick... but I still feel like the same 14 year old girl who loved fashion magazines, the beach at any time of the year, and ice cream at any time of the day.