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50 Things I’ve Learned Over 50-Something Years (written in 50 minutes)

I recently read an interesting article from the Huffington Post — 50 Things I’ve Learned in 50-Something Years. 

This article got me thinking about “Things I Know,” now that I’m definitely 50-something.

Despite the fact that the older I get, the more I realize how much I don’t know,  (that’s #1) I’m going for it so here goes!

50 Things I’ve Learned Over 50-Something Years (written in 50 minutes)

2.Where have you been all my life, homemade chai tea?

3. “No” is a complete sentence.

4. Faithful are the wounds of a friend.  I appreciate honesty from my friends, despite the fact that sometimes, it really hurts. 

5. The words, “never” and “always” just aren’t helpful in conversation.

6. I can indeed give my anxious mind to God and trust Him with the unknown.

7.I love massages. I tell myself that a massage every six weeks is good prevention for the occasional back spasms but truly, I just love massages. If I had a million dollars, I would hire a massage therapist for a daily morning massage. There— I said it.

8. I really don’t like dogs licking me.

9. I don’t like salespeople telling me that I look “fabulous” in an outfit when I look frumpy in it. Just leave me alone when I’m shopping. I’ll ask your help if I need it, thanks. 🙂

10. When I’m in writing-mode, it’s far too easy for me to stay in pyjama bottoms ALL day.

11. I like to think that I like gardening but I don’t…well…I don’t love it. It’s OK.

12. There isn’t enough time to read all the books I want to read. I’m staring at a pile of seven books right beside me, calling my name.

13. I will always (oops…I shouldn’t use that word) refer to my physical Day-Timer, rather than rely on an electronic calendar. Truth be know, I still use a physical address book too!

14. The best art is childrens’ art.

15. Oatmeal is an awesome breakfast.

15. Be secure in being misunderstood. This has been a huge life lesson for me.

16. Bitterness is the only acid that destroys its own container.

17. It’s OK. to leave a movie theatre in the middle of a movie, if you don’t like it.  I’ve only done it twice in my life and I got my money back both times.

18. Everything doesn’t have to be remote.

19. I’m OK with wrinkles.

20. I am still shocked that caramel and cheese popcorn can taste so good together.

21. I’m not sure what I would do if my dentist or dental hygienist retired, because I don’t trust my teeth with anyone else.

22. Holding unswervingly onto the hope that comes from Jesus – Who is faithful –  is my lifeline.

23. It doesn’t matter how old I get, I still love stepping on bubble-wrap.

24. Sunsets are a gift to the eyes and soul.

25. I am absolutely terrible with lids of all kinds. It’s a fact. I’ve always been bad with lids (particularly pen lids) and I have surrendered to this reality.

26. Despite the fashion faux pas, I’m OK with socks and Birkenstocks.

27. We all look at life through different windows.

28. There is something very calming about hanging laundry on the clothesline.

29. My husband is a great hugger.

30. Here are three good questions to ask:

a. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?

b. Would you like you if you met you?

c. When’s the last time you “burst with joy”?

31. The best part of a newborn baby are his/her little toes.

32. Sleeping under flannel sheets, with the window open in the winter is FANTASTIC!

33. Caring less about people’s opinions and more about their heart is a good way to go.

34. Pedalling at the “perfect” cadence on a road bike is one of the most satisfying feelings.

35. Simple is good.

36. Brokenness feels terrible but it’s where true freedom begins.

37. Being allergic to freshly-cut grass and cat hair is really inconvenient at times.

38. You can not make another person holy, healthy, happy or whole.

39. The best use of your life is love.

40. To belittle is to be little.

41. Chocolate macaroons are always a good decision.

42. You may “feel” lost but in Christ, there is always direction.

43. “Alot” is not a word.

44. I want to live by choice, not by default.

45. Walking barefoot on our long gravel road is a really stupid thing to do.

46. Conflict is an opportunity to honour God.

47. I love chunky tea mugs.

48. I wish Downton Abbey was on TV every week forever.

49. The sound, look and feel of waves quiets me.

50. So does, sitting on my swing that my husband built for me.







  1. Barb Smith

    Great Diane! I thought I knew you, but now I know you even better! A great exercise!

    • Diane (Author)

      Actually, it was a really fun writing exercise but more than that, a fun way to reflect! I’d recommend trying it! 🙂

  2. well said Diane
    I think I need to make one fo those lists.
    I might borrow a few ( I espeically like # 23, 26, 28, 38, 48, 49)

    • Diane (Author)

      Go for it, Karen. Make your list. And borrow whatever you want to borrow!

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