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Tracy Winchell

πŸŽ‚ 17 Lessons Learned from 59 Years Around the Sun

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Greetings Reader!

On November 23, 1963 -- hours following President John F. Kennedy's assassination, I gasped for my first breaths.

For the past few weeks, I've been gathering lessons learned from 59 years around the sun.

17 Valuable Lessons Learned

πŸŽ‚ Thing 1:
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Decisions you make in early adulthood are typically less binary than you think they are. Exceptions include: choosing a spouse, body art with that someone you've been dating for three days, and plain versus peanut M&M's.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 2:
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There's no such thing as the "right job" or the "wrong job" unless, of course you're contemplating something that compromises your values.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 3:
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Don't stress so much over decisions. Too often we fear making a "wrong" decision. More often than not, you're faced with tiers of "good" decisions.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 4:
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Embrace the adventure of the life ahead of you.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 5:
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Self-taught skills and expertise > traditional education.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 6
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Grades don't matter unless: you're: on scholarship, an athlete, and for heaven's sake, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, or my pets' doctors.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 7:
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Always be expanding your bailiwick. Polymaths will rule the remainder of the 21st Century.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 8:
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In politics, faith, or the ketchup-versus-mustard-on-hot -dogs debate, being kind is always more important than being right.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 9: Expect to wait. Then you won't be fuming when you finally see the doctor.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 10: Prioritize sleep.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 11: Respect Shabbat. You choose the day, but you must rest at least one day a week.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 12:​
Most friends come and go throughout your life. It's how life works.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 13: ​
Make an effort to keep in touch with your mega-BFFs. It's ok if you carry the friendship. They're worth it.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 14:
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Your mega-BFF will likely disappoint you. Don't give up on them, or your friendship. Decades later, they will be your most valuable connections.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 15:
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Learn from your friendship mistakes. Your new friendships will lack the volatility of friendships made early in life.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 16:
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Not every birthday will be as you wish it to be, nor will life.

πŸŽ‚ Thing 17:
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Embrace the excellent moments every day. It's not an easy choice, but you will improve with practice.

Happy U.S. Thanksgiving.

Love, me