With the new year starting, I am thinking about my New Year resolutions quite a bit. I am also thinking about my mother who passed away in October and the rules to live by she used to always repeat. She was sick with a brain tumor for 17 months and hardly complained. Even when she did, she apologized and changed the subject. She was so vibrant and upbeat as long as she could and left such an amazing legacy.
Top Rules to Live By According to My Mother
- Always wear clean underwear.
You never know when you might be in an accident, even going a mile down the road after a friend’s sleepover.
- Never curse.
Cursing is gross and distasteful and worthy of getting a mouthful of soap. For reals.
- Let it go.
Don’t let things bother you that you can’t change.
- Treat yourself.
You deserve to do nice things for yourself once in awhile. Be happy.
- Have a 5-year goal
Where do you want to be in your life in five years? Write it down so you can achieve the things in life you desire.
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
My mother was a warrior. She worked even when she was very sick. She got dressed, put on a smile and did her job.
- Don’t overstay your welcome
Just because you were invited over someone’s house, doesn’t mean you should move in.
- If you can drive stick shift, you can drive anything.
I struggled when I learned to drive on a manual transmission, but my mom was insistent it was the best thing to learn.
- Work hard but know when to relax.
Do your job and do it well and see it through. Then relax and enjoy life.
- Listen to the ocean waves.
Just sit. Be.