It was my 41st birthday yesterday. I had a great day, by the way. Not a single unkind word or thought was said against me, at least none I cared about. But I wanted to review a few things I learned during the 40th year of life.
1. Be patient if you choose the path of the writer. Writing is a wonderful thing and yes, I have a wonderful message. It is a growing living thing. Unlike any other art or path or profession, this writing thing is a morphing, growing, living, breathing thing. Grab a large stick and be patient until it passes.
2. Keep large sticks within easy reach.
3. Never let "money play" at 4:00 AM at the Hard Rock Casino.
4. You do not tip the stripper in the front of the g-string.
5. Learn all you can about social marketing. Then realize while you've been learning they've changed the rules on you.
6. Do not plan on being rich and famous. Plan on being happy. Focus on being happy in the moment.
7. Life isn't too bad of a gig to have, most of the time. There is almost always something positive to be seen or listen to or touched or tasted.
8. Don't give into your physical body as the end all be all of your identity. You are going to be done with it in a few years anyway. That's not to say not to take care of it, just don't over focus. You are never going to be 19 again. Damn, those personal trainers.
8. Laugh as often as you can. If you can't laugh, you're not living.
9. Cooking a duck inside a chicken inside a turkey is not a gastronomical treat. It is big greasy explosive mess. And, it REALLY annoys the turkey.
10. Make friends easily and often with the young. Share what you can for free. Teach where you can. Love where you can., Show compassion in all things.
11. Never adopt a chicken. No matter how logical it seems at the time.
Happy Birthday to me!
Causes Reece Manley Supports
Feed the Children, Amnesty International, Lambda Pride