Life Lessons


By: Jan Hathorn
Athletic Director

As I get older, I often find myself thinking about what’s really important in life.  Life is full of unexpected twists and turns that create positive and negative experiences for us all. And those twists and turns can teach us a great deal, if we let them.  I believe, regardless of the situation, something can be learned from any experience.  As a friend of mine says, “You don’t live a day you don’t learn something” and as life would have it, she’s right.

Many people have written books, articles, columns, stories and memoirs about the lessons they have learned; the lessons life has taught them.  One of my favorite columns ever written is by Regina Brett, who is now 90 years old and was a journalist for The Plain Dealer  in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her most-requested column is one she wrote to celebrate growing older, called, “The 45 Lessons Life Taught Me”.  For those of you who are in your latter years of life, and even those of you who aren’t, I commend the entire list to you as I’m certain some, if not many, of the lessons she has learned will resonate with you.

For brevity’s sake, here are a dozen of the lessons she’s learned that are my favorites and that I call upon more and more as the days go on.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

3. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry, God doesn’t blink.

4. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

5. Believe in miracles.

6. Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

7. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

8. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

9. Life isn’t tied in a bow, but it’s still a gift.

10. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

11. Yield.

12. Don’t take yourself too seriously.  No one else does.


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