We all have them. Those amazing snippets of advice and words of wisdom that have been imparted to us and then promptly forgotten. We usually tend to look back several hours, days or years later and realize how AWESOME that advice was and how AWESOME it would have been if we would have chosen to FOLLOW IT! Yep, you are totally nodding your head right now because a very specific piece of wisdom that was handed to you at one point just surfaced, aren’t you?
Here are a few instances of imparted wisdom in my own life that can be filed in the Whoops category. As in, yeah that was probably a pretty solid piece of advice… that I should have followed. Whoops!
1. You should learn to cook. Not because it is expected of you or because it makes you a good wife but because eating is a necessity in life. One day you might have a family and they will need to eat. Ordering take out every night is pricey and grilled cheese and PB&J don’t exactly have the kind of stamina that lasts past age 5, maybe 7 if you are lucky!
2. Designate a place for your keys and phone and make a habit of always putting them there, no matter what. Dropping your keys and phone on the first surface that you happen to walk by might be more convenient at the time, but the routine of frantically tearing the house apart every morning looking for where you left them yesterday gets old.
3. Create a laundry schedule and be sure you have an empty laundry basket at the beginning of every week. HAHA!! This one makes me laugh… out loud! The day I achieve this level of superwoman- hood I will unabashedly crown myself queen of the universe. Meanwhile, my MOUNTAIN of laundry awaits my further procrastination.
4. Your kids will mirror everything you do. Yep. That is embarrassingly obvious when the guy in front of me fails to notice that the light has turned green and, “Step on the gas, you doofus!” spews forth from the tiny mouth in the backseat. What the…? Gulp.
5. Don’t get a credit card. Ever. For any reason. I realize that there are those in the world who have managed to develop a sense of responsibility about such things. In those cases I am sure that credit cards are handy tools in life. If, however, you are, well… me, the whole “credit cards are evil” mantra is a pretty solid piece of wisdom.
6. Don’t drink coffee. Yeah, let’s just chalk that one up to NOT HAPPENING. I am sure there are some very valid medical facts that support this stance, but unless they include sudden death or the spontaneous contraction of leprosy, the coffee pot stays and makes 2-3 cups of coffee per day. On second thought, being a leper might not be that horrible. It could be doable if there is coffee.
What is in your lock box of lessons learned the hard way? I shared mine. Your turn!
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