Life Lessons From Breast Cancer Survivor

Regina Brett, a 54 year old breast cancer survivor, wrote down 45 life lessons on her 45th birthday after being diagnosed. Since then, Brett's lessons have gone viral and somewhere along the way her age was believed to be 90 years old! While Brett still has a ways to go before reaching that milestone, she is happy knowing her list has touched so many.

Here are my top ten favorites in no particular order:

1) When in doubt take the next small step.  Things can get overwhelming and we as a society put so much pressure on ourselves. Don't keep yourself in a state of doubt.

2) Don't take yourself too seriously. No one else does.  Let your hair down, smile!

3) You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.  With that being said you probably won't win every argument anyway. Choose your battles.

4) Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living or get busy dying.  Time is precious, don't waste it wallowing.

5) Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.  Live in the now and make every day special - even if that simply means using that birthday gift card on frivolous things.

6) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years will this matter?" Worrying is a waste of time especially if it is about something in the past. It is hard to do but accept the situation and think as rationally as possible to save yourself some sanity.

7) If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone elses', we'd grab our's back. Everyone has their issues and their struggles. Comparing them can be a blessing.

8) Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift. Don't waste time trying to make things perfect. Life isn't perfect, but it can be great and it should be appreciated and lived to the fullest.

9) A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write. Actions speak louder than words. In disagreement with the song by Lupe Fiasco you are not what you say you are. You are what you do.

10) Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. Some people use old age as an excuse to do what they want, to be who they are without fear of being judged. Don't wait for the wrinkles to give you courage - be you now!

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