Hindsight

Hindsight

The self-centered “Me” generation is all about three persons – I, Me and Myself.

Having lived 57 years, I supposed I’ve earned the right to offer some advice to anyone who cares to listen; so here’s yours truly breaking my own rules of not giving anyone unsolicited advice. 57 things I’ve learned in 57 years:

  1. Be mindful – be conscious, be aware of the NOW. Listen, appreciate, give thanks, and enjoy the moment.
  2. Think of others – you are not alone, will your actions impact those around you? Will what you do cause someone to stumble?
  3. Sure, go ahead and be nice to yourself, indulge a little – but in so doing do not fall into the “Me first” narcissist trap and as a result becoming insensitive and negligent of those whose needs are greater than yours.
  4. Speak up for injustice and do something about it. Don’t just bitch and then walk away. Any fool can do that.
  5. Share what you have. Many are less fortunate than yourself. Whenever you can, give them a kickstart, a leg up, a nudge, an aid, a lesson on how to fish.
  6. Show the way, live an exemplary life.
  7. Buying a painting? Don’t just buy what you like. You could be the butt of jokes. Ask others in the know for their opinions first.
  8. Eat less than what you actually need. Always leave a little behind.
  9. Cut down on sugar. Obesity is not sexy.
  10. There is only ONE way to lose weight: Consume less calories, burn more of the same.
  11. Forget fad diets.
  12. People who tell you that you can lose weight, make money using the Internet, and get laid are all liars – if they really know how, why are they advertising to run courses to teach you how to do that? They should be in the Caribbean drinking Piña Coladas.
  13. The world is an unhappy place. Do your bit to make other inhabitants of planet earth feel the joy and warmth that unconditional friendship brings.
  14. Be thrifty. I’ve seen too many people who splurged and pampered themselves indiscriminately in their youth but when they reach my age, they have nothing to live on, they have nothing to their name.
  15. Stay healthy. All the wealth in the world is useless if your body is wrecked with pain and infirmities.
  16. Don’t be wishy-washy. You have to have a stand about issues.
  17. Sometimes it’s best to let go – let go of that phone number that is still in your phone book that you think might still be needed, delete that contact details, erase a particular memory from your mind, some friends are just not worth hanging on to, also let go of your ill-will towards some people. In doing so, you unburden yourself.
  18. Be teachable – you don’t know everything. Take feedback positively.
  19. Give new things a try, for all you know, you may actually enjoy them. Change is always difficult at first.
  20. Everyone has a dark side – try not to go there. Nurture not your venomous thoughts.
  21. Two essential skills for everyday living: Impulse Control and Anger Management.
  22. Very often the only person who can help yourself is yourself. You need to take that first step. Yes, take that baby first step and step out of your malaise.
  23. Don’t eat like a pig and talk like a sailor. Nobody is really interested in your sex life. Don’t let people wonder if you had parents or an upbringing. There is something called “table manners” and certain subjects are simply not fit for normal public discourse.
  24. Sure, you don’t have to apologize for how you look, but please try not to be an eyesore. The world is already an ugly place. Don’t make it worse.
  25. Suicide is NEVER the answer. There is ALWAYS a way out. Things WILL always sort themselves out eventually. In the deepest depths of my darkest depression, I always assure myself: “This too shall past.”
  26. If you know something you do irritates a loved one, for heaven’s sake, please stop doing it over and over again.
  27. Farting or burping or belching loudly in the presence of others is never considered acceptable behavior.
  28. Learn to be grateful, never bite the hand that feeds you.
  29. Be generous. You can’t take it with you when you croak. Money can always be earned. And it’s only money anyway. Get your priorities right.
  30. Pick your battles, some things are just not worth getting into fights for. A fool will always remain a fool. Save yourself an aneurysm trying to reason with one.
  31. Don’t try to change anyone, change the way you react to them. If necessary avoid them. Stay away from toxic and negative people.
  32. Want to be popular? Never provide unsolicited advice.
  33. But be true to yourself, if someone is about to derail, you may wish to consider offering him or her some assistance and guidance – in the nicest possible way. That is if you really care for the person.
  34. Every six months, ask yourself “Am I taking anyone for granted? Have I forgotten to thank anyone?”
  35. Ask for forgiveness, it sets you free from bondage.
  36. Forgive others, it releases you too.
  37. Be big enough to say “sorry.”
  38. Be big enough not to fight for the limelight. Do not be envious.
  39. For heaven’s sake, when dining out, sit across each other, NOT on the same side of the table. And stop playing with that phone.
  40. What you put on the Internet stays forever.
  41. The space for your profile picture is for your mug shot, not for the photograph of your dog or your baby.
  42. Expect nothing. This way you won’t suffer disappointment.
  43. People can’t read your minds, if you need to say something, spit it out. Most disappointments are due to unfulfilled expectations. Expectations are often unfulfilled because people don’t know what you want.
  44. Some people are assholes. You don’t have to like everyone. Most people want to see you fail.
  45. Most politicians are crooks.
  46. Don’t believe everything you read.
  47. A lot of clowns in PR and communications, when they are with friends and relatives, do not practice what they do for a living. In other words, in private, they are often the worst communicators, they have zero EQ and they know nothing about maintaining harmonious relationships with others.
  48. Look for inner beauty. Today’s beauty queens and hot babes will deteriorate to become obese, bloated mother hens in a matter of one or two decades.
  49. “Vengeance is mine,” said the Lord so leave revenge to Him. Trust me, evil doers WILL get their comeuppance. Remember, Gaddafi was sodomized with sticks before being shot to death and Hitler is still burning in the hottest part of hell. If you hate someone, you hurt yourself.
  50. Do what you like, there is no need to follow what others do. It’s important to be happy, to pursue what you enjoy doing.
  51. Count the cost of doing what you like. Learn self-sustenance. Remember: simplicity is good and what you own owns you.
  52. You have a thousand Facebook friends? You have 10,000 LinkedIn contacts? Sure, pigs can fly. Who are you trying to kid?
  53. Most tweets are a waste of time – I honestly don’t give a rat’s ass what you stuffed your face with at breakfast.
  54. Avoid casinos – the house always wins. No one opens casinos to give away money. And stay away from retailers too – they are evil. Anyone who tries to con you of your hard-earned money in exchange for the crap they sell should burn in hell.
  55. Celebrity chefs? Cooks shouldn’t elevate themselves to chefs and they have no business being celebrities. They should stay in the kitchen and focus on their jobs.
  56. A day will come when those who enjoy tobacco will no longer be treated as pariahs. (And if you must indulge, stick to pipes and cigars, cigarettes are nothing but cancer sticks consisting of paper and chemicals.) When I was a kid, they told me coffee will kill me and my parents didn’t allow me to drink coffee until I was a young adult. And now? Well, the Marina Bay area in Singapore has the world’s most number of Starbucks cafes within a 10-minute walk. Starbucks has over 20,000 stores in 62 countries. Nuff said.
  57. Tell those who condemn you for consuming shark fin soup not to eat live oysters, foie gras and veal. Hypocrites are all over the place.
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