by Steve Clem on July 23, 2010

As I near my 40th birthday next month, I’ve realized that there is at least one advantage of being older than dirt… knowledge.

I’ve learned some great lessons in my first 39.9 years. I hope to apply the wisdom in my next 39.9.

So here are some thoughts from an old, balding, almost 40-year-old guy. Take them for what they are worth.

— You are lucky if you find love and it lasts. If it doesn’t last, you we’re still lucky.

— When you have some money, enjoy it. It can disappear fast…so there’s no harm in spoiling yourself once in awhile.

— Cherish the moments you have with your children. They do, I hear, eventually stop listening to you for a good 5-10 years.

— Appreciate your friends and family when you are with them. None of us are here forever.

— A night of eating, drinking, and making merry can cure all of your ills for the time being.

— Don’t hold grudges. Or rattlesnakes.

— Make sure at least once in your life, you allow yourself to wake up and walk along a beach on the ocean.

— Women who wear capri’s, a baseball jersey, and a baseball cap with a ponytail are perfection.

— You really can’t go back. But it doesn’t mean you have to forget.

— Hug your mom.

— When you wake up tomorrow, after you check all your extremities to make sure they work, remember to be glad you’ve got another day to screw shit up.

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Steve Clem originally published this piece on the blog A Prisoner in the Tundra.

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