Thursday, October 1, 2020

The wisdoms

 What wise words would you share with a 21 year old?

Tropical themed cupcakes

As you know we had T's 21st birthday party at our house last weekend* In one of those "just in time" scenarios the new bar was finished at 7.00pm the night before and our garage-to-games-room conversion was completed just 2 hours before the party started. Nothing like cutting it fine! 

See photos of the new bar and games room at the end of this post. 

T isn't much into speeches but she did allow for one speech at her party. Her mum.  

For some reason this made me incredibly nervous.  I'm usually fine with public speaking, especially about the stuff I know.  Given I've know this child of mine from the moment she arrived on this planet, why should I be nervous about telling people how amazing she is?  

I kept the speech brief summing her up in just a few words, confirming our pride and telling just a handful of stories.  What I concentrated on most was the wisdoms I've acquired in my lifetime either through the advice of others or through personal experience.

Wise words from a mother to her 21 year old daughter:

  • Everyone and every living thing deserves kindness and consideration
  • We see the world not as it is, but as we are: perception and perspective is everything. 
  • Start each day in a tidy way: make your bed, clear the dishes and tidy the couches.  That way when unexpected visitors arrive you can greet them with delight rather than fright.
  • Drink more water or you will f*@!ing die
  • The sunshine is always up there, sometimes you've just got to break through the clouds (or get in your car and drive) to find it. 
  • Just because you can do up your pants, doesn't mean you should wear them. Bursting at the seams becomes incredibly uncomfortable (for everyone).
  • If you feel the need to dance on a table, take off your high heels first
  • Never ever ride a mechanical bull in a mini skirt and g-string
  • Just because you're alone in a lift doesn't mean you'll remain alone in a lift. Never fart in an elevator
  • Climb a hill from time to time and look at the world below. Life is simple when you rise above the bullshit
  • The power within us extends beyond us:  find a way to give back to this wonderful world we live in. 
  • Don't wake up and let your day happen to you.  Instead, make your day happen. 
  • Keep smiling. Stay strong.  Believe in yourself
  • Wash your hands and even when this damn pandemic is over, always carry hand sanitizer 
  • Opportunity is everywhere - sometimes you've just got to search through the cracks and crevices to find it

The tropical themed 21st birthday party

* In case you're wondering - we followed the ACT rules for Covid compliance including check in at our front door using a QR code.  Luckily our house is big enough inside and out to allow for larger numbers. 

What words of wisdom could you add through your life experience?

Any great advice you were given at a young age that has stuck with you forever?

From a garage and "workshop" to games room and bar. Here are some photos of the "just in time" reno. 

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  1. Life is good. Life can change in an instant. By knowing this, you will be OK. That's all I have for now, T. Live your life well...for you and all those you know and love.

  2. Happy 21st birthday to T! You have a wise and fun Mom. My two cents: It's not what you earn, it's what you save. Pay yourself first. Save early. Money can buy freedom e.g. when you want to live well on your own terms.

  3. I had 3 pieces of wisdom for Sarah:
    1. Tequila rarely ends well
    2. It's 5pm somewhere
    3. No matter how late, tired or drunk you are, take your make-up off before you go to bed.
    If I'd thought of it though I would have included the one about mechanical bulls, short skirts and g-strings

  4. What a beautiful new bar area! I love your fun and practical advice.

  5. Love the new bar area, so very nice.

    Here a couple of wisdom things I told my kids:

    1. I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated.

    2. You were born an original, don't die a copy

    3. Make sure the person staring back at you in the glass is happy.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

    Liked that advice about a mini-skirt and G-string. That is a good one.

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