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“If I’d only known…”
Every catch yourself saying this? We all do from time to time. Imagine the mistakes we’d avoid and the time saved if we could go back in time and give advice to our younger selves.
What would you say? Study harder? Travel? Save more?
Here’s my list:
Trust your gut
That little voice inside is correct far more than you think.
Learn from your elders
They’ve been around for a while and are happy to share experiences and wisdom that they’ve picked up over the years.
There is more to life than work. Travel, spend time at the beach, and relax by doing hobbies and activities that you enjoy.
Don’t expect to have all the answers
Not sure? Say so. People generally won’t judge you for not knowing something, especially if you promise to do some research and find the answer.
Take care of your body
Now is the time to establish life-long fitness habits, but pushing too hard at this age brings aches and pain down the road.
Take calculated risks
Too much risk is bad, but so it too little.
Stick to mutual funds
Set a 60:40 ratio of stock to bond funds, and other than rebalancing your portfolio yearly, leave it alone.
Use your ears
You learn far more by listening than talking.
Find more time to volunteer. It’s really a win-win.
It’s been awhile since my last post. While I’d like to say that it’s because I won the lottery and took an extended trip around the world, the truth is that I had tendinitis in both wrists, which led me to reduce the time I spent typing.
Recovery was slow, and while I’m not quite 100 percent all the time, I’m back at the keyboard and ready to start blogging again.
There’s also a lesson here that I want to share with you — it’s important that we manage our screen time. Watch your posture at the keyboard, take regular stretch breaks, and if you experience pain or discomfort, speak with your physician or the appropriate safety or wellness person at your office.
It’s nice to be back, and I hope you’ll enjoy the return of my regular blog posts.
- Hang out with people who make you laugh.
- Try to do something active every day.
- Experience other cultures through travel, books/magazines, events, etc.
- Spend less than you earn.
- Go to bed earlier.
- Get outdoors more.
- Talk with a senior citizen.
- Eat a cleaner diet.
- Find stress management activities.
- Say hello to strangers.
- Unplug frequently.
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Do something outside your comfort zone.
- Leave the car and walk or bike to the store.
- Listen to music from your youth.
- Let people off the hook when they make a mistake.
- Take photos of things in nature.
- Say “yes” more than “no.”
- But learn how to say “no” when you feel overwhelmed.
- Clean out the clutter.
- Make new friends.
- Connect with old friends.
- Watch an old movie.
- Honor your commitments.
- Do your taxes earlier.
- Ramp up your retirement savings.
- Take all of the vacation time you’ve earned.
- Pat yourself on the back once in a while.
- Replace television time with a hobby.
- Take a class.
- Tackle that home project that’s been hanging over your head.
- Live knowing that every day could be your last.
- Tell your loved ones how you feel.
Your turn. What ideas do you have to make 2016 a great year?
What’s happening to professional athletes? Long gone are the days when stars like the late Yankee Joe DiMaggio protected his reputation like security guards at the U.S. Mint.
The sports world has always had its share of problem players, although the numbers seem to be increasing, particularly in the NFL, which has seen dozens of players arrested during the off-season.
Nevertheless, sports play an important role in our society, and we should focus on the benefits, not the bad apples.
All together now
It sounds cliché, but playing a sport really does teach kids what it means to be a team player, something that will serve them well in their work careers.
Where are you going?
Competitive sports are all about setting team and individual goals — making the team, hitting .300, placing at regionals, winning the league championship, etc. — and working toward those targets.
See you tomorrow
It takes discipline to run, swim laps, or practice putting every day. And the more you practice, the better you become — teaching athletes that hard work pays off.
More than ever, amateur sports are teaching kids to win gracefully and lose with dignity. They’ll all face a life full of successes and failures, and the lessons they learn on the sports field will teach them how to deal with each.
While the news is full of examples of athletes behaving badly, you’ll also see positive stories:
- Players who visit hospitalized children
- Athletes volunteering in the community
- Coaches giving a kid with a disability a chance to play in a real game
Good coaches teach more than sports skills; they teach life lessons.
Following a local teams builds a sense of community. Whether it’s a Friday night football game or a Tuesday afternoon field hockey match, a sporting event is a great opportunity to meet new people and connect with friends.
Joining a team gives kids, particularly shy ones, a chance to make friends. Wearing the same uniform immediately offers something in common, and sharing a goal (see above) builds bonds.
Your turn. What did you learn by playing a sport?
This year’s strain of influenza has proven to be much harsher than any we’ve seen in years. It’s highly contagious and packs a wallop when you catch it. Symptoms range from body aches and chills, to fever and cough.
You can reduce the odds of catching this nasty bug by taking a few precautions, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
Get a flu shot
It’s not too late, and this year’s vaccine is a good match for the virus that’s circulating. The shot takes 10-14 days for full effectiveness, but your resistance will build up gradually during that period.
Wash your hands — a lot
Washing your hands with good old soap and water or a sanitizing gel is one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of germs. Germs lurk on surfaces such as door knobs and table tops, so it’s especially critical to wash before eating.
Don’t touch your face
Touching your face — particularly your eyes, nose, or mouth —risks transporting germs from your hands to inside your body. That’s good for the bugs, but bad for you.
Air in homes and offices is generally drier during winter months. Drink lots of liquids, especially water, to keep your body well hydrated.
Catch some shuteye
The body needs sleep, and most of us don’t get enough. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, your first defense against sickness.
If you can, avoid contact with sick people (or wear a mask). If you’re especially concerned, staying out of crowded places, such as malls or movie theaters, can help reduce your exposure.
If you still become ill, call your primary care provider. If it appears you have influenza (as opposed to a stomach bug that’s also circulating), he or she may prescribe an antiviral to help you recover more quickly.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu