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Wiser or Just Older? Y es, I turned 45 a couple of weeks ago. I’m officially middle-aged. The question is, am I getting wiser with age or just getting older? Am I more knowledgeable andmore confident, or am I just 13 Things I’ve Learned
clinging on to the past and not seeing the upside of aging?
I’ve been learning things since birth, and maybe now it’s time for me to impart all this knowledge and wisdom to others. I’ve been trying to do that with my kids for the last decade and with my clients the last nine years.
Here are 13 things I learned so far that come tomy mind:
1. Play the long-termgame. Life is way longer than you think when you’re 18. 2. I often fear failure, but fear of regret is far worse. Most things I do that are out of my comfort zone, I do thembecause I don’t want to wake up one day and say,“I shoulda, I woulda, I coulda, but I didn’t.” 3. Having the opportunity to learn the basics of running and growing a business was the best thing that happened tome. It literally changedmy life. 4. Don’t complain; it doesn’t do any good. Instead, find a way to turn the situation around. 5. Being kind and humble will definitely take you further than the opposite. 6. A lovingmarriage and a stable family life are the biggest blessings in life. 7. If, after 13 years of marriage, you still don’t have kids, don’t give up hope. Youmight end up with four cute little monsters after all! 8. Never forget where you came from and the people who helped you become who you are. (If you’re honest with yourself, you’re still that 12-year-old kid inside.)
9. You gotta have a vision for your life. If you don’t, others will have one for you. Don’t let that happen because you’re not going to like it. 10. Most mistakes happen because of a lack of adequate sleep. So sleepmore! 11. There is no way you can get everything done alone, so treasure your support system. They are indispensable! 12. Grabbing every opportunity to learn a new skill, tomeet new people, and to broaden your horizon are the best things you can do to get ahead in life. At whatever cost. 13. Above all, be thankful and grateful for everything you have, especially when it comes to the people you love. Betty Friedan, American writer and activist, said, “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” God willing, that’s how I want to live my next 45 years.
–Borbala Banto, CPA
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