50 Things You Learn by the Time You're 50

50 Things You Learn By The Time You're 50

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Each decade of life brings its own joys, challenges, and lessons. When it comes to one's 50s, those of us here at Huff/Post50 think they're pretty fabulous. We're not as consumed with little kids and career-forging, and we've figured out what really matters in life.

We asked our Facebook friends to share the single life-changing realization they've come to in their 50s. Here are the most important things you'll learn in your sixth decade.

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  1. 'The only opinion about me that matters is mine.'—Diana Childress
  2. 'Everyone has an interesting story to tell, and once they tell you, it's hard to see them in the same way.'—Jamie Greco
  3. 'There is no rewind... you learn as you go along.'—Amy Zai Kaner Levey
  4. 'It's your life, live it the way you want, not what you think others think you should do.'—Barbara Perry
  5. 'Knowledge and wisdom are cumulative -- share what you know that will make your world a better place.'—Deb Hosey White
  6. 'People either want to grow and evolve with you or they don't.'—Lori Day
  7. 'Who I am on the inside is so much more important than how I look on the outside.'—Vicki Tucker Perrault
  8. 'Calm down. Most problems aren't disastrous life-changing events.'—Robin Horton Hensley
  9. 'My happiness is not your responsibility and your happiness is not my responsibility.'—Peggy Nolan
  10. 'Relationships matter... put time into them.'—Denise Buechter Forsyth
  11. 'Things could always be worse. Each day is a blessing.'—Boyd W. Wicks, Sr.
  12. 'I can say NO and feel good about it.'—Debra Peterson Padgett
  13. 'It really IS true that you have everything if you have your health.'—Barbara Snyder
  14. 'Life is short.'—Carolyn Rose Milner
  15. 'Don't take everything so personally.'—Joy Prather Van Holten
  16. 'Be happy with what you have. Circumstances can change in an instant.'—Rosie Daigle Eaton
  17. 'Time is a great healer.'—Fiona Morris
  18. 'You DON'T have to please all the people all the time.'—Karina Hilton
  19. 'I like me... a lot. If you don't, that's your problem, not mine.'—Betsy Levin
  20. 'Enjoy the ride.'—Carol Van Wie Quick
  21. 'Be the best you can, every day.'—Peg Lucier
  22. 'Find your brave.'—Kathleen Haeg Eckola
  23. '50 isn't as old as I thought it was when I was 13!'—Brenda English
  24. 'Choose your battles. Some things are just not worth fighting about. Save your energy for those things that are dearly important to you.'—Margo Hailey Hobson
  25. 'Don't waste your time on the negative.'—Nancy Willis
  26. 'You can't save the world, so sit back and enjoy the ride.'—Jody Palmer
  27. 'Keep on smiling... no matter what.'—Joyce Ayotte
  28. 'Think hard before you open your mouth, especially when you're upset.'—Cheryl Strommen
  29. 'Things are just things, get rid of them. Don't saddle your kids with a massive house cleanout after you're gone.'—Sally Barry
  30. 'Always say yes to a dare.'—Garry Deborah
  31. 'Never say yes to a dare. It is a stupid thing and will get you into trouble. Always say 'you go first and then I'll think about it'.'—Vivian Dobbins
  32. 'Don't waste another moment trying to satisfy mentally unhealthy people.'—Lisa C. Crooms.
  33. 'It's not that serious.'—Mel Bynum
  34. 'Stop talking and LISTEN. You might just learn something new.'—Marsha Magee
  35. 'I'm okay with being flawed. I no longer need to justify my shortcomings...accept me or don't.'—Mary Hels Jager
  36. 'No one cares what I look like in a swimsuit anymore, including me!!'—Karen Valerio
  37. 'Don't waste one minute of every day you have on the earth. You can never get it back.'—Ardda Hersh
  38. 'Let it go.'—Margarita Hinksoni
  39. 'Worry less. 80% of the things you worry about never happen!'—Barbara Mathieson
  40. 'Should have looked after myself better when I was 20!'—Debbie Lee Spenard
  41. 'You're never too old to get conned.'—Lauri Andersen
  42. 'Gravity is a harsh mistress.'—Malinda Sund
  43. 'It is never ever too late to go after a dream.'—Theresa St. John
  44. 'Be present. Enjoy each day and moment, for time grows short. No regrets.'—Laureen Lund
  45. 'Never give your Home Depot credit card to your lover.'—Franci Zalon
  46. 'That no matter how hard you try your parents are going to do what they want to do as they age.'—Patricia Borosky
  47. 'Don't make immediate decisions about complex matters. Think things through more. Waiting 24 hours can make a difference. I do my homework now and don't make those knee-jerk decisions I did when I was young.—Jerri Munn
  48. 'Keep moving. Open yourself to new ideas, experiences.'—Peggy Hockett-Smith
  49. 'It's never too late.'—Sheila Greene
  50. 'Tell your kids you love them every day.'—Shelley Emling


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