10 Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner

The real title of this post is “10 Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner Than I Eventually Figured Them Out, and I Eventually Figured Them Out Mostly Because Of the Consequences Of Not Knowing Them Sooner”

But that wouldn’t fit on the title line.

Oh, my friends, if only I’d known then what I know now! How happy life would have been.  But would it have been my life, or would it have been a different life?  Would I be the person now that I am if I knew then what I know now? Would I be the person then that I was then if I knew what I know?

Do tweedle beetles battle with paddles in a puddle?

Regardless of these deep questions, here is a list of 10 things I wish I’d known sooner rather than later:

  1. Stay out of debt.  ’cause all of that stuff? It just means you have to work harder to support it. And you have to pay the debt back.
  2. Save money (including your allowance when you’re a kid). Don’t waste it on a 10″ black and white TV or a first generation VCR.
  3. You just can’t eat everything you want to eat.  Sorry. Deal with it. Hello, Mr. Diabetes.
  4. It’s perfectly okay to want to write romances and not something else. Because you know what? You want to write romances. Not something else.
  5. Just go ahead and be an English major, will you? Because trying to be a business major is just a waste of time for you. And no, you really don’t want to be an accountant either.
  6. The Mustang is going to lose all of it’s oil – twice – when you are out on trips, and the T-roof is going to leak. So stick with your Nova for a while. It’s not as sexy, but it stays dry inside.
  7. Don’t buy all of those cassette tapes. And God! Stay away from the 8-tracks!
  8. You have the right to dream, and your dreams are just as valid as anyone else’s.
  9. You can’t be other than who you are, and who you are is fine.
  10. The cat is going to hock up a hairball in the hallway, and you if you’re not careful you’ll step in it with your bare feet. It will be icky.

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