12 truths in 60 years

This is one of my favorite TED Talks. I watched it again.

 “I’m every age I’ve ever been, and so are you,” Anne Lamott says. She compiled a list of everything she knows for sure in her 60 years.

It’s so easy for a writer to be admired with a list.

I think it’s better to leave this post here and continue to watch the talk.

But I still will write down the points that attract me :

  • Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes including you
  • You can’t buy, achieve or date serenity and peace of mind.
  • Our help is often toxic. And help is the sunny side of control. Stop helping so much. Don’t get your help and goodness all over everybody.
  • You’re going to feel like hell if you wake up someday and you never wrote the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves of your heart: your stories, memories, visions and songs — your truth, your version of things — in your own voice.
  • Families are hard, hard, hard, no matter how cherished and astonishing they may also be.
  • Earth is forgiveness school. It begins with forgiving yourself,and then you might as well start at the dinner table.
  • Also, the people will make you laugh out loud at the most inconvenient times, and that’s the great good news. But their absence will also be a lifelong nightmare of homesickness for you. Grief and friends, time and tears will heal you to some extent.

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