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set of weights

I have a friend who’s a Gamer (video games, not the other kind), and he recently asked, “How do you have time to write, go to the gym, and play video games?  Don’t you work?”

“I dunno,” I told him.  “If it’s important enough, you just find the time.”

Now that I’ve had more time to mull it over, I think a more accurate answer would be: “You make time according to how important it is to you.”

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rooster weather vane

So my birthday is right around the corner, which got me thinking about my age again.  The last several years have seen slips and setbacks, frustrations and false steps, but the overall sweep has been positive.  And I got to thinking about what advice 30-something me would want to impart on 20-something me.

To be fair, most of the mistakes l made were unpreventable (Could I really convince 20-something me to date this girl, instead of that girl?), or unknowable (Invest in this stock, and not that one!).  I learned a lot that I couldn’t have learned otherwise.

But there are also things I could have, and would have, learned if I had just known about them earlier.  Here are some of things I would have told my previous self:

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sunset sky waves

Life is a slippery, muddy hill.  If you don’t keep trudging up, you’ll keep sliding down.  As we age, we’re faced with crow’s feet, thinning lips, and forehead lines.  Exercise and diet can be a decent bulwark against this erosion, but the tide of time knows no surrender.

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24k gold sake cups

Have you ever made the mistake of only working on one aspect of your life at a time? I know I have. And every time I make this mistake, I get pain. Insecurity. Restlessness. A depletion in my reservoir of positive emotions.

If you use this kind of strategy, you will always be stuck doing damage control. While you’re busy getting your body exactly the way you want it, your finances may begin to slip. While you’re busy trying to make enough money (does such a thing even exist?), you may find yourself hugging your bank account, instead of the woman you love. If you have to rebuild any part of your life from ground zero, you are creating unnecessary stress for yourself. Not only will progress be harder to come by, but you will have to work your butt off just to restore an area of your life back to its previous state.

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