I've had a very unconventional life. I've done some crazy things, met some crazy people, learned some crazy lessons. With Thanksgiving coming up it is forcing me to think about what I'm thankful for. This year, I'm recognizing that I'm thankful I've learned some vital things from my experiences. I don't know everything, but I do know some things very well. I guess I'm just sort of taking a mental inventory.
1. Don't ever buy sandwiches from a vending machine or a gas station.
2. If someone does something awful to you, it doesn't define who you are. The past isn't a magician who casts a spell on your present. Take the blows, feel the burn, get up, dust yourself off, and carry on. You never have to forget, but you do have to let it go.
3. Having a life altering crisis is the perfect time to reinvent yourself.
4. If you don't like who you are or where you are or what you're doing, change it. That's the thing about life, you only get one. Make it one you're happy with. Plan an Under-New-Management party and reopen the place. By the place, I mean your head.
5. Tip, and tip well! Bartenders and waitresses are the people who delegate good and bad karma in the afterlife.
6. Don't ignore the connections you have with people, you'll piss off the universe that put those people in your life for a reason.
7. Disappointment is a million times worse than anger. Regardless, refer to rule #2.
8. Drink lots of water.
9. YOU'RE vs YOUR. There is difference and it is not that difficult. You're jealous of my awesome car. My other ride is your mom.
10. Travel often. A change of scenery can change your mindset. (I learned that one from my mom)
11. ALWAYS stand up for yourself. What is right for you may be wrong for everyone else, but who cares? The world isn't going to end if you go against the grain.
12. Opportunities always look larger going than coming.
13. The line between having a hobby and having a psychotic mental illness is very fine.
14. Real friendship isn't about being there when it is convenient, it is about being there when it is not. And on the subject of friends, these are the people who talk shit to your face and speak kindly behind your back. Not the other way around.
15. Chew with your goddamn mouth closed.
16. Don't ever half-ass anything. Everything you do should be with full intensity. Make mistakes with everything you've got, sneeze from the very bottom of your belly, laugh with all the breath in your lungs, work like you're getting paid a million dollars, be lazy like you'll never get another chance. Whatever you're doing, commit and kick some ass at it.
17. Don't be a victim.
18. Trust that what people do means a hell of a lot more than what people say.
19. The unknowns and the whys of the world are the hardest to take.
20. Let the other car change lanes. Don't be a dick.
21. Mediocrity has no place in love. There are far too many unexceptional things in this world, love should not be one of them.
22. Every night the Moon teaches a class on romance, you just have to sign up for it.
23. A Brazilian bikini wax hurts like a bitch.
24. There is always more to learn. Thank your lucky stars for the healthy brain that makes it possible and never take that for granted.
25. Finding your passion is important. Finding the right people to fuel it is also important. Never back down to the people who are standing next to you with a bucket of water ready to put out your fire. (A lesson I learned from BJ, who lost his battle with cancer but taught me more about passion than anyone I know who is still living)
26. Pain can be useful. Suffering on the other hand, well, there isn't anything useful about suffering. Squash that shit as quickly as you possibly can.
27. There is never an instance, never ever ever ever, where messing up your credit score is worth it. Pay your bills, and pay them on time.
28. Jimmy Fallon is always a good decision.
29. Failure and mistakes aren't verdicts.
30. Try to look cute wherever you go. Make the effort.
31. Sometimes there are people you shouldn't let slip away. It may be inopportune, but sometimes you should just grip like hell and hold on tight. Because you just never know.
32. But with number 31 being said, you should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans. It's important to know the difference.