What I’ve Learned After 44 Years

No idea why I’m even writing this. Guess platitudes are waiting to burst out of my chest or something. But in any event…

A few things I’ve learned in 44 years of life on the planet.

  1. There is always a price. For everything. TANSTAAFL isn’t just a law of economics; it’s the law of nature.
  2. Difference between men and boys is the willingness to pay the price.
  3. The difference between wise and foolish men is the recognition of the real price.
  4. All of those inspirational “Follow Your Dreams” posters are bullshit, simply because they fail to take into account the issue of Ability and Talent.
  5. At the same time, if you would make money, do what you love.
  6. There is a fine line between being practical and being scared. Wisdom lies in knowing where that line is for you.
  7. As Alison Krauss sang, Love conquers few. The one area of your life where you must be as cold-blooded and hard-eyed as the banker for a drug cartel is romantic love.
  8. We may be spirits in the material world, but we’re also animals who do it like they do on the DIscovery Channel.
  9. Men and women have never been, are not, and never will be equal. Because biology and evolution.
  10. Equality and Respect are not mutually exclusive; indeed, respect may be possible only when inequality is recognized.
  11. Christianity is the best religion, because it is the easiest religion. That yoke is light.
  12. Youth is wasted on the young, but wisdom is wasted on the old. If only I knew then what I know now; if only I could dare now what I dared then.
  13. The two most useless emotions are guilt and regret.
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