7 Bits of Wisdom for the Next Generation


Generational Wisdom

Now that I am preparing for my fourth grandchild this summer, I was thinking about a list of things that I wish someone would’ve told me. Or maybe someone did and I didn’t listen. Either way, here are seven tidbits of wisdom I’d like to pass on to the next generation.

  1. Use sunscreen every day and don’t go in tanning beds…EVER. 2013 was the year of melanoma for my family. Please, take care when you’re enjoying the great outdoors. Having tan skin now is not worth the price you’ll pay later.
  2. Save money. Whether you’re working at your first part-time job or well on your way in your career, always set aside a portion of every check. Be responsible with credit and balance your bank accounts monthly.
  3. Wash your face and brush your teeth EVERY NIGHT. And ladies, put on eye cream. I don’t care how tired you are, just do it. And while you’re at it, floss, for Pete’s sake.
  4. Learn to be happy alone. This doesn’t mean you’re setting yourself up for a solitary lifestyle, it just means you should be able to enjoy yourself by yourself. Discover solo hobbies that you like. If you have to constantly be with someone, you’ll never be good company.
  5. Be happy with yourself. Don’t base your perception of yourself on what others think, say, or do. Judge yourself only on your previous self, not in comparison to other people. You have no idea what battles they are fighting behind closed doors.
  6. Treat yourself. If you want dessert, eat it! What good is being at your “goal weight” if you are miserable all the time? Personally I’d rather carry an extra ten (or fifteen) pounds and be happy! I know people say things like, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” But I really like pie. And if you ask me, constantly depriving yourself is just setting you up for a bad binge…or worse. Everything in moderation.
  7. Learn to enjoy silence. It is only in the last few years that I have mastered this. After years of terribly negative self-talk and bad memories, silence only meant I was bombarded with horrible thoughts about myself. Facing those memories and turning around my attitude about myself was truly liberating! I now spend the majority of my day with no television or radio. I find it has greatly improved my productivity and creativity. Letting your mind wander does wonders for your outlook…and your muse.

So there you have it. It took a few decades to figure this all out, and I’m sure there’s a ton more. I just hope someone takes my advice. Especially about the eye cream; seriously, ladies, you’re never too young for wrinkle prevention!


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