I’ve had a lot of time to think this past week while lying around recovering from pneumonia. Most of the time my mind has been blank, but as I regained strength I began to think of how to better take care of myself so I don’t get sick so often. This got me wondering about things my mother told me that could be helpful. Surprisingly, the list came easily:
1. Don’t drink too much in your 20’s because the older you get the more you will want.
2. There’s no cloud so black it doesn’t have a silver lining.
3. Things always look gloomier at night.
4. When you need some comfort fill yourself a hot water bottle, or draw a nice hot bath and put a washcloth over your chest.
5. As you age and you stop being able to do certain things your body adjusts by not wanting to do them.
6. Keep finding younger friends as you grow older.
7. Sometimes it helps to just have a good cry.
8. If you admit that you are feeling grumpy it helps you feel less so.
9. Nature is nurture.
10. Always have a needle threaded.
11. Prepare for the worst and expect the best.
12. One day the US will fall the way of Rome; best to be prepared by owning land.
13. If disaster strikes be ready to do any job to survive.
14. A half hour nap after lunch makes all the difference to the rest of the day.
15. There’s nothing like a good laugh.
16. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone a practical joke is an acceptable form of rebellion.
17. Try to be good at whatever you do.
18. You don’t need all the ingredients to make a good meal; improvisation is half the fun.
19. Music is comfort food.
20. Eat grapefruit!
The one piece of advice I don’t follow is “eat grapefruit!” It’s too sour. But hey! We all have to find some way to differentiate!
What advice from your mother, or other, did you find useful?