I have learned...

That all the money in the world can make life fun, interesting, easy and exciting, but it can’t buy real happiness or love. It can’t make your life rich or valuable. It can only buy you STUFF!

That real friendship is based on trust, honesty, respect and value. And if you are doing all the giving then it is not friendship.

A real friend does not walk out on you when you tell them the truth. They may yell and scream and cry and argue but they will stay and talk and resolve the issues.A real friend does not abandon you in your hour of need because their problems supercede yours.

A real friend accepts you exactly as who you are.

A real friend loves you for who you are and does not judge you by what you say.

A real friend knows that sometimes life is very unkind.

That if you close your heart to pain, you close it to love as well.

That if you don’t look at the monsters in your life and try to come to terms with them, they will eat you alive.

That if the monsters in your head are more real than the monsters in the real world, then you are totally screwed…

That if you shut yourself off from life, you do not live.

That a life unlived is safe and boring and pointless.

That you can lock yourself physically away from the world, but you have to live in it.

That the only person that matters is your self.

That the only person worth saving is your self.

That turning 50 is not the end of the world.

That turning 50 is the start of living.

That life is worth living.

That good people come in strange packages when you least expect them.

That good things come when you let go of the need to control the outcome.

That you can manifest anything you want in life by simply believing you are worth it.

That the hardest lessons in your life are the easiest in someone elses.

That no-one else inhabits your mind. You alone are responsible for every single thought, action and decision you make.

You alone are responsible for the monsters in your head.

You alone can slay them.

That life fucking sucks at times and thats life.

That life HURTS big time – and thats called LIVING.

That death is the end of all things and the beginning of how you change how you think about the end of all things.

That death hurts because we are left behind.

That losing someone you love deeply is one of the most painful experiences you will ever go through.. and through… and through….

That love is the only thing that matters.

That our children are gifts, not chattels.

That our lives are precious.

That our lives are gifts- that is why we live in the present moment.

That worry creates big grooves on our faces, shortens our lifespans and adds to the pain in our hearts.

That we will be dead soon enough, so why worry?

That we all of us are creators.

That we all deserve love, respect, compassion, empathy and joy.

That if we all had enough there would be no need for war.

That I am a beautiful, big hearted, wonderful, compassionate, creative, intelligent, articulate, talented, amazing soul.

Mobile phones make life so much easier when you have teenagers.

Teenagers turn into the most amazingly beautiful and loving human beings.

The internet is the best place to go when you want to find out anything about anything – right or wrong.

That life is never sure, never certain, never safe – all you have is your self.

Its time to let go of the shit.

I have a right to my own life – and a right to choose how to live it.

I don’t have to apologise for who I am.

I don’t have to get up at a certain time in the morning.

I can stay awake all night if I want, doing whatever I want.

That there are no dress rehearsals.

That I want to live…

as i approach my 50th lap around the sun, there are some things i have learned…


  • lupa
    lupaover 5 years ago

    Love your words…..

  • thank you so much… xoxox

    – MaggieSummers

  • msdebbie
    msdebbieover 5 years ago

    Dear Maggie – so many inspirational thoughts and quotes in this spectacular work. The two that mean the most for me are these
    That real friendship is based on trust, honesty, respect and value. And if you are doing all the giving then it is not friendship My word for such things is a takeship LOL
    That the only person worth saving is your sel I think my poem Salvation might appeal to you lovely woman

  • Thanks hon – I will go check out your poem:) xoxox

    – MaggieSummers

  • Peter Searle ( the Elder )
    Peter Searle (...over 5 years ago

    Featured in 50 tHiNgS

  • Thank you so much:) xoxox

    – MaggieSummers

  • Les Boucher
    Les Boucherover 5 years ago

    Well written…I can relate to your words.
    50?….you are a spring chicken….I had to join Old Farts of Red Bubble….LOL

  • LOL! Is there such a group? LMAO – I guess I have to be OLDER hahahahah! Thanks Les – glad to see you took the time to read it:) xoxox

    – MaggieSummers

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 5 years ago

    don’t have to be over fifty to be an old fart, I have a 25 yr olod friend who is an OLD FART LOL

    fabulous piece Maggie


    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • thanks sweetie:) xoxox

    – MaggieSummers

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