Changed Thinking

When I was 38 I contemplated beginning a two year Associates Degree in Radiography. I was talking to a friend and had almost talked myself out of doing it. I said “I’m too old to start that. I’ll be 40 when I get my degree.” My friend said “If you don’t do it, you’ll still be 40, but without the degree.” I’m nearly 60 now, and that degree has been the difference between making a decent living, and struggling to get by.  –luckyhenry

When I was young and having what I thought was a serious relationship talk with my first real SO, I told her that I just wanted to find the right person.
Without missing a beat she said, “Everybody is looking for the right person, and nobody is trying to be the right person.”
That stopped me in my tracks.  –faelsoss

My mom was dying. A friend told me “you have your whole life to freak out about this– don’t do it in front of her. ”  –DiffidentDissident

I was 13 years old, trying to teach my 6 year old sister how to dive into a swimming pool from the side of the pool. It was taking quite a while as my sister was really nervous about it. We were at a big, public pool, and nearby there was a woman, about 75 years old, slowly swimming laps. Occasionally she would stop and watch us. Finally she swam over to us just when I was really putting the pressure on, trying to get my sister to try the dive, and my sister was shouting, “but I’m afraid!! I’m so afraid!!” The old woman looked at my sister, raised her fist defiantly in the air and said, “So be afraid! And then do it anyway!  –loubird12500

“It’s only embarrassing if you’re embarrassed.” Changed my life forever.  –eyecebrakr

I met a person who was in a wheelchair. He related a story about how a person once asked if it was difficult to be confined to a wheelchair. He responded, “I’m not confined to my wheelchair – I am liberated by it. If it wasn’t for my wheelchair, I would be bed-bound and never able to leave my room or house. ”  –RedheadBanshee

“The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so try to make yourself as interesting as possible. ”  –PM_ME_WALLPAPERS

Paraphrasing what another redditor told someone, but it was basically “don’t be a dick to your dog. he’s a few years of your life, but you are all of his.  –kwyjiboe

“Everyone you meet knows something you don’t.” My grandfather told me this, and it’s been a good reminder that I am surrounded by teachers.  –maelfey

A good friend once told me “you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable”  –wearinsweats

“I’m not afraid of death. It’s the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.” – Jean Girraudoux.  It is the only thing I’ve ever read that helped me deal with my own mortality.  –Andromeda321

People won’t remember the words you say but how it made them feel.  –Tinkletyme

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but, when we look back everything is different…” – C.S Lewis  –-eDgAR-

“Education is expensive, but no education is more expensive”. Definitely took school more seriously after someone said that to me.  –vforviolet

Next year, you’ll wish you had started today.  –trytryagainn

In an episode of Louie he tells one of his daughters, “The only time you should look in your neighbor’s bowl is to make sure he has enough.” I’m sure Louis CK didn’t invent that on his own, but it was the first time I’d heard it, and it’s stuck with me.  –Fightsactualfoo

“Do it to do it, not to have done it.”  –corneliusthedog

“You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm”.  –maeEast

I rather live a life of ‘oh wells’ than ‘what ifs?’  –munnyfish

A small thing, but vastly more important than it sounds:  I was sitting in a bus once, and we came to the railroad tracks. There were some cars sitting in between us and the next red light, so if a train came, we’d be stuck until it had passed. That was always a couple of annoying minutes.  Then the light turned green, and the bus went across the train tracks without having to wait for a train. Pheew, crisis averted. Then, behind me, a mother said to her small child:
“That was too bad, we didn’t get to see the train today.”
That was the perfect way to frame that. Why not enjoy what you get?  –AF79