45 Short Life Lessons Written By A “90 Year Old” Woman

Regina Brett wrote down these life lessons before the night of her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now 54 years old – not 90. However over the past decade, her lessons have gone viral on the internet resulting in claims that she is or has the wisdom of a 90 year old. It doesn’t really matter what age she really is, Brett has touched many lives and it puts in perspective of what is important in life.

  • Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  • When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  • Pay off your credit cards every month.
  • You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  • Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  • Save for retirement, starting with your first pay check.
  • When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  • Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  • It’s alright to let your children see you cry.
  • Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  • If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  • Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  • You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  • A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  • It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  • When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  • Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  • Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  • Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  • The most important sex organ is the brain.
  • No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  • Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
  • Forgive everyone everything.
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  • Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  • Believe in miracles.
  • Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  • Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  • Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  • Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  • If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  • Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  • Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  • All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • The best is yet to come.
  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  • Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  • Yield.
  • Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.