My view from 70 years on this planet

Don’t think your sh-t doesn’t stink, it does and so does everyone else’s.

Don’t waste any time.
It goes by so quickly, but you won’t know that until you get old and you can’t do anything about it.

The saying, “Youth is wasted on the young” is true. You have no idea how much it matters until you don’t have it anymore.

You don’t matter.
Even if you’re the CEO of Everything, people won’t remember or care. There are a few people who will be remembered forever; don’t think you’re one of them.

Maybe you’re a Steve Jobs, a Michelangelo, an Elon Musk, or a Theda Bara. Don’t recognize the name? She was a famous silent film star. I know who she was, but her name will be lost and forgotten.
Remembered or not, dead is still dead.

It’s okay.
You were here and hopefully you made the most of it. When you’re gone, your torch passes onto a new generation who could care less.

I found this out when I realized that I was talking to a person for whom John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s death existed only in a history book, while I’d watched it on live TV. If you don’t recognize the name, and believe me, there are people who don’t, look it up.

The world doesn’t and never will revolve around you.
Sorry.

Carpe Diem – Seize the day.
You won’t, but perhaps you can try. Why won’t you seize the day? You believe you are immortal. You aren’t.

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
To-morrow will be dying.”
Robert Herrick

You believe that the things you do today don’t matter.
You think that there you have endless numbers of days and each presents with so many more things to do.
You’re wrong.

Pay attention.
If you don’t you’ll miss so much and once it’s passed, something that you needed to hear, see, touch, feel or smell, won’t ever come back.

Don’t be the person everyone will remember as, “The One We Didn’t Want to be With.”
Don’t be an ass who always touts their own successes. Rather, try to be quiet sometimes and listen to what other people have to say.

They all know you’re special, but hearing it all the time becomes very tiresome.

Give Back.
If you’re lucky enough to be in a position where you can help someone else, do it.

Remember that we’re all human beings, living on the same blue globe, and at least for the foreseeable future, we aren’t going anywhere else.

Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness.
I know you don’t believe me, but it’s true. Trying to fill up the hole we all carry around with us, with stuff, doesn’t work. Keep trying to find happiness in things, but one day you’ll realize that it doesn’t work.

Money does help to keep the anxiety of “What am I going eat today”, “Where am I going to sleep tonight”, “How am I going to able to support my family”and “How will I be to be able to afford good medical care”, at bay. Those things are important and can be solved by money.

As a country, we don’t believe that if those questions keep you up at night, the rest of us ought to help you. I do, but I respect other people who don’t.

Beyond that, even owning the latest Lamborghini or Tesla or whatever floats your boat, doesn’t work. If you’re always looking for the next toy to buy, you’ll understand why the saying, “In the end, he who has the most toys wins” is a lie.

Don’t Rely on your Looks.
Here’s the truth; you can’t be nipped, sucked and tucked, lifted and separated, martinized or pasteurized, and think you’re going to look the same way you do today.

All the money in the world and all the operations you have, won’t bring back the glory of youth that you have today. I’m thinking about you Joan Rivers, and you Cher.

It’s not nice to speak ill of the dead so let me say this:
Cher, you look awful. You’re sixty-nine and you look exactly like a 69-year-old who’s trying to look young and failing. Get over yourself.

Find something to do that makes you happy.
Find someone to love who makes you feel special.
Find something to care about.

None of the above has anything to do with your retirement fund, how much money you make, what your stock portfolio looks like or even what you look like.

That’s the best news you’ve heard all day.

Don’t do dangerous drugs.
When Cory Monteith, who starred on Glee, died from an overdose at 31, I was upset that someone who’d had such a bright future, would throw it away for heroin.

These folks decided that heroin was more important than living.
River Phoenix
Philip Seymour Hoffman
John Belushi
Janis Joplin
Jim Morrison

Don’t believe that drugs, sex, money or having more things is the answer.
If you do, you’re going to be very disappointed.

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