Life Lessons: Year 42 Edition

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As I prepare to begin my 43rd trip around the sun on Halloween, I paused to reflect on the surprises, joys, and devastating failures I’ve encountered in my 42nd. Weight loss, loving friends, and learning to love running again(!) have been the highs. Here is my synopsis.

  1. Don’t let pain interfere with loving people with all your heart.
  2. Love is infinite and can handle all possibilities. Imagine them.
  3. Be direct with people, but in a responsible way.
  4. Sometimes you just have to engage in exercises of futility.
  5. Pay attention when someone tells you or shows you who they are.
  6. Keep true to your word, or no one will have faith in you.
  7. Never break a confidence; it denigrates your integrity.
  8. You are more skilled than you think you are.
  9. If you don’t report unethical behavior, you’re unethical, too.
  10. Breathe. Breathe again.
  11. Don’t let anyone bullshit you twice.
  12. Choose to be kind, especially when it requires extra effort. Not doing so will haunt you.
  13. It’s funny how karma works.
  14. True power means acting and being willing to accept the consequences of your actions.
  15. Sometimes you don’t recognize how highly regarded you are. Be responsible.
  16. Harm no one with your words, actions, or intentions.
  17. Don’t banish someone unless you mean it.
  18. Trust your intuition, but don’t let it make you paranoid.
  19. Remember to ally yourself with former friends.
  20. If someone can’t accept you for who you are, that’s their problem, not yours.
  21. Don’t punish yourself for what others do.
  22. You are worthy, and you are exquisite.
  23. Never let a medical condition come between you and someone you care about.
  24. Earning back a friend you thought you’d lost forever is an amazing feeling.
  25. When there is no lesson left to learn, let go.

–Jaimie Hunter, PhD, MPH

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I am a writer of Young Adult fiction and non-fiction. I'm also a public health scientist and educator.

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