Are These Life Lessons Really From a 90-Year-Old?

Elderly woman with blue denim shirt stands with an electric scooter at the base of some concrete steps.

With age comes wisdom. (Image: Yelizaveta Tomashevska via Dreamstime)

With age comes wisdom, but Regina Brett, the author of a popular list of life lessons, is only 54 years old, not 90!

When she was 45 years old, Regina wrote down 45 life lessons that life had taught her, and on her 50th birthday, she added 5 more. Her life lessons were emailed around the world, and then in one email, her age was changed to 90 and a picture of an old lady was added!

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But that doesn’t faze Regina; she is happy growing old.

As she says in one of her life lessons: “Growing old beats dying young.”

She has definitely learned a lot in life, from being a single mother for 18 years to being diagnosed with breast cancer at 41:

Regina has turned her life lessons into books: First, God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little DetoursBe the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible, and now, God Is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work.

Here are 45 of Regina’s life lessons:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

Life lessons Regina has learned include: Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. (Image: Gajus via Dreamstime)

11. It’s alright to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

17. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

25. Forgive everyone everything.

26. What other people think of you is none of your business.

27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

29. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

30. Believe in miracles.

Life lessons learned by Regina include: Believe in miracles.
Believe in miracles. (Image: Tawanlubfah via Dreamstime)

31. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

36. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

37. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.

38. All that truly matters, in the end, is that you loved.

39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

40. The best is yet to come.

41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

43. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

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