REINVENT or perish, die, cease, terminate, end, finish, vanish, conclude, exhaust, drain, draw to a close.

If you’re like me, I don’t like to options to “not reinventing”……maybe it’s because I’m the oldest of five and bossy, but these options aren’t for me!  I want to continue being vital, involved, committed, vibrant, funny, interesting, sexy and wise.

Next Friday, I’ll be sixty-three.  What an adventure it’s been so far.  You couldn’t write this stuff.  My life lessons are magnificent and brilliant….here are just a few:

  1. If it doesn’t bring about world peace, it’s not that big of a deal
  2. ”Spell check” isn’t that good
  3. Nothing takes the place of face-to-face conversations
  4. Wearing clean underwear doesn’t really matter
  5. Loving someone unconditionally is what it’s REALLY all about (Hi John!)
  6. Make decisions, even if they’re wrong
  7. DO something!
  8. Making a positive difference in the world is your real job
  9. Laughing is the best medicine
  10. Reading out loud is magical
  11. Being imperfect is good
  12. Having true friends keeps life interesting
  13. Siblings are a treasure
  14. Mothers are a miracle
  15. Fathers are……Daddies and we love you very much!
  16. Daydreaming is good for the soul
  17. Crying is very healthy
  18. Getting out of your own way is necessary
  19. Warm chocolate-chip cookies are life sustaining
  20. Santa Claus is real
  21. The tooth fairy is beautiful (Hi Mom!)
  22. You don’t have to know everything
  23. Mistakes are good for your character….just don’t keep making the same stupid ones
  24. The Rolling Stones are ageless
  25. Talking to yourself saves your sanity
  26. Standing up tall is more important than you think
  27. “Citizen Kane” is still the best movie ever made
  28. Taking yourself too seriously is boring
  29. Not keeping score frees your soul
  30. Bacon is good for you
  31. Everything’s better with gravy on it
  32. 32.   Knowing some Latin is good….I don’t know why, but it is…. Et cum spiritu tuo” to you too
  33. 33.  You have a duty to share what you know with others
  34. The Golden Rule is true and important
  35. Singing in the shower makes you more human
  36. You matter, you really, really, really matter to all of us
  37. It’s OK to be obsessive  4 minutes every day
  38. We are mirrors of each other so play nice
  39. Mentoring someone is imperative
  40. Whatever kind of energy you put out comes back to you……eventually….maybe not in this life…..but it will
  41. Homemade apple pie is good for your hips….trust me
  42. The universe has a wicked sense of humor….look around you….
  43. Holding hands in public is smashing
  44. Listening is the greatest gift you can give
  45. Playing a musical instrument takes guts
  46. Singing loudly counts for something
  47. Trusting yourself makes life much easier
  48. Acting like you know what you’re doing is half the battle
  49. Taking naps is for everyone
  50. Never, ever, ever give up….try a different way, but don’t give up
  51. There’s a lot of lessons to be learned so get crackin’
  52. Dancing for no apparent reason brings great joy
  53. It isn’t your Mother’s fault…own yourself
  54. Give yourself a pat on the back and then pass it on
  55. Let someone break into your traffic line…..”world peace???”
  56. Making snow angels is great exercise
  57. Eating brownies is grand
  58. Cut out half of the “shoulds” from your life
  59. Embrace your talents and share them with the universe
  60. Stand for something
  61. Learn to bend
  62. Stop and breathe
  63. Learn to belly laugh

Jan Marino is a reinvention expert and author of “Take Back Your Career”.  She is the CEO of ENCORE!Partners providing personal branding and career management services.  Contact Jan at or 630-299-9927.


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