Life Lessons (things I learned the hard way)

29 Apr

I have decided to compile a list of some things I had to learn the hard way.

1) I was never meant to be a pro athlete. This was a lesson that I should have learned when I graduated high school at 5’3″ and weighing a whopping 95 pounds. Still, I believed I was tough enough to overcome. I was not. I got elbowed in the face in soccer, all the time. My face was right at elbow level, I guess. I could lay down a mean bunt in baseball, but that is only a surprise the first at bat.

2) Sometimes what you want is not what you need. This explains itself. If you need help understanding it, break it down into smaller pieces.

3) Pay Bills on time. I failed to understand the importance of this until just recently. Now that I need a loan on a house, all of those late Circuit City bills hurt. Luckily, my wife was much better at this than me. This leads me to number 4.

4) Break household responsibilities down into what you are good at. I obviously was not good at handling money. My wife handles that. I do the laundry. She cooks our meals (Thank God) and I take out the trash. Make the system work for you. Do not be too proud to relinquish responsibilities.

5) Make fun of yourself. There is nothing more frustrating than someone who takes themselves too seriously.

6) Learn how to watch movies WITHOUT talking. Have you ever watched a movie with someone who simply could not stop talking? Hate it. I don’t care if I have seen the movie 412 times; respect the silence.

7) Make your own lasagna. Boxed lasagna just doesn’t hold a candle to the real thing.

8) Sing and Dance. It doesn’t matter if it is in your car or shower; rather in your living room or in the streets. Your life will be better if you sing and dance.


Posted by on April 29, 2013 in From the Desk of the Author



7 responses to “Life Lessons (things I learned the hard way)

  1. R. Hans Miller

    April 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    You take out the laundry? Did you mean trash, or do you just go clothes-shopping a lot? 🙂 I kid. I think my point was bullet 4 has a typo. Or it could be that I’m a smart@55. All points are good advice though.

  2. corwel87

    April 30, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I wonder if bill paying had anything to do with easy credit years ago. I remember my brother who graduated in 2000 was able to get credit cards whenever and he had trouble…I think about this cause when I finally got credit and things to build on I really managed it well because it was so tough to start for me.

  3. christinehaggerty

    April 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    My husband pays the bills. He says I’m a dreamer and live in a fantasy time zone.

    • Len

      April 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Haha, this cracked me up.

  4. monkeyblood

    April 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Lol, nice post Len. I would say that the number one thing I have learned in life is this;
    Actions speak louder than words. People can say anything, but peoples actions are what really count 😉

  5. Kira Lyn Blue

    April 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Dangit, now I wish I’d picked up lasagna fixings at the grocery earlier.

  6. D. James Fortescue

    May 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

    1) As well as the massive amount of talent, you need a ‘grounded ego’ to survive the realisation you are not the best, and then to provide the drive to improve yourself until you are.

    2) Beer, pulling a sick day from work… more of these is what you want but not what you need. A liver in your later years, as well as a reliable income stream, trump them =)

    3) The bank balance at the time of bill payment trumps this requirement. Luckily, a lot of my providers give you an extra two weeks no questions asked =)

    4) I relinquished all responsibilities due to constant comments by a particular female on the time taken to perform tasks. Now it’s slacker remarks. No winning =P

    5) Indeed. But ensure you do not poke too much fun at yourself; it can damage other people’s opinion of you.

    6) If all people watching it have seen it 412 times? Save discussion until the conclusion?

    7) I don’t trust anything I cook above two-minute noodles, toast and sandwiches. Feeding it to others is me being duly diligent in food poisoning risk =P

    8) That is true, but ensure one’s kids are not near you when doing so. Teenagers roll their eyes and try to avoid being seen with you, young kids just straight-out tell you stop. Mine are young, and just scream ‘STOP!’ until I do…


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