What Have We Learned, Class?

So, I'm staring down the barrel of 42. There, I've said it. I have publicly acknowledge the fact that I am about to be another year older. Man, what a bummer!

Actually, I take that back. It isn't a bummer. It's always nice to wake up in the morning and still be alive, not that I've ever woke up dead or anything like that. Another day on this side of the dirt is a great day, as they say.

A few days ago, I was thinking about all the things I've learned in my 42 years on this earth. The more I thought about it, the more I decided to try and list at least 42 things I've learned in 42 years. This should be interesting.

  1. Don't stick a fork in an electrical outlet (I know this seems like a no-brainer right now, but to a curious six-year-old boy, logic doesn't really exist. On the other hand, now I know what will happen if I do it).
  2. Fire ants are the devil.
  3. So are fleas.
  4. Cool pizza is better than a mouthful of molten hot lava.
  5. Keep your phone fully charged. Always. You never know, man.
  6. Always have your sunglasses. Another one of those "you never know, man," moments.
  7. Tell the special people in your life how much they mean to you.
  8. Show the special people in your life how much they mean to you.
  9. Call your mama.
  10. Try to talk to your dad.
  11. Sit quietly while dad lectures you on how you're screwing up your life.
  12. Smile at everyone you meet.
  13. Say ma'am and sir. Everyone deserves that much respect.
  14. Say please.
  15. Say yes.
  16. Say no.
  17. Say nothing.
  18. Sing.
  19. Bravada Surfing probably isn't a good idea. Especially while intoxicated.
  20. Keep your wits about you.
  21. There is nothing in this world better than cold sweet tea.
  22. If a woman shares her dessert with you, there is something there.
  23. Sometimes you just gotta get your hands dirty.
  24. Shit happens. Deal with it.
  25. Make time for your friends. These are the people who know how crazy you are and choose to stick around. Cherish them.
  26. Make time for yourself.
  27. Unplug for a weekend.
  28. Be prepared.
  29. Be aware.
  30. Don't be an ass, but tell the truth.
  31. Don't pick a fight but don't take no shit.
  32. Believe in yourself.
  33. Know when to cut your losses.
  34. Learn how to feel.
  35. Be yourself.
  36. Everyone has a story.
  37. Be true to your word.
  38. Get some sleep.
  39. Bacon and/or cheese makes everything better.
  40. Love yourself.
  41. Be nice or go home.
  42. Do what you love.

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