Iâ€™m turning 50 next week. So I thought Iâ€™d take the opportunity here to list 50 things Iâ€™ve learned in 50 yearsâ€”truths gleaned from experience and the words of others that guide, inspire and sometimes haunt me:
1. Itâ€™s better to sing off key than not to sing at all.
2. Promptness shows respect.
3. You canâ€™t avoid offending people from time to time. When you donâ€™t mean it, apologize. When you do mean it, accept the consequences.
4. The first person to use the expression â€œGet a life!â€ in any dispute is the loser.
5. The medium is not the message. Those who issue blanket condemnations of any form of communicationâ€”be it TV, tabloids, text messages or blogsâ€”simply arenâ€™t paying attention.
6. The most valuable thing to have is a good reputation, and itâ€™s neither hard nor expensive to acquire one: Be fair. Be honest. Be trustworthy. Be generous. Respect others.
7. Prejudice and bigotry is hard-wired into us. You canâ€™t overcome it until you acknowledge it.
8. Donâ€™t be bothered when people donâ€™t share your tastes in music, sports, literature, food and fashion. Be glad. Youâ€™d never get tickets to anything otherwise.
9. Cough syrup doesnâ€™t work.