sunset in the outer banks
  1. Have a sense of humor about yourself.
  2. Smile at strangers.
  3. Put away the shopping cart.
  4. Forgive quickly, don’t hold grudges.
  5. Create stuff.
  6. Now matters more than before or after do.
  7. Sometimes silly is completely appropriate.
  8. If you can do something about it, do it.
  9. If you can’t do anything about it, don’t worry about it.
  10. Follow people who are nothing like you on Twitter.
  11. Expect the best of everyone.
  12. Default to YES.
  13. Always be planning the next adventure.
  14. Accept & even enjoy the fallout when your plans don’t work out.
  15. Marry your best friend.
  16. Make your home your refuge.
  17. Swear and drink and play Cards Against Humanity but only around people who appreciate that kind of thing.
  18. Volunteering is a good habit.
  19. The most important gift you can give children is intelligent independence.
  20. Get a cuddly pet.
  21. People > stuff.
  22. Wash your hands to the point of obsession.
  23. Hold your line when it matters, don’t push when it really doesn’t.
  24. Get regular checkups
  25. It’s ok to never know what you want to be when you grow up.
  26. Say I love you, love ya, ❤ you, etc. A lot.
  27. Follow the golden rule without expecting a reward.
  28. Listen to music every day.
  29. Pay yourself first.
  30. Tip well.
  31. Life is too short for skeevy hotels.
  32. Hold the stair rail.
  33. Don’t spend time & energy on people who never give it back.
  34. Don’t drink soda, especially diet soda.
  35. Comparing yourself to others is a waste of time.
  36. Check your privacy settings.
  37. The best friends are found in the most unlikely places.
  38. Happiness is a choice, but sometimes it’s not an available choice.
  39. Take and share pictures.
  40. A few quick pictures/videos are enough. Don’t experience life through a screen.
  41. It gets better! Then it gets worse, then it gets better again! Repeat.
  42. Learn new things just for fun.
  43. We are all made from starstuff.
  44. Split restaurant meals in half before you start eating, take the rest home. You’ll be so happy the next day at lunch!
  45. Always alternate water with alcohol.
  46. Less Internet, more books.
  47. Listen to kids, they are smarter than you think.
  48. Listen to older folks, they have great stories to tell.
  49. Nobody is looking at you unless you’re the bride.
  50. It’s ok to leave projects unfinished, books unread, places unseen, plates uncleared. Except this list, which is done.