A brief summary of life advice I've received in the past 4 weeks... feel free to add your own!
A woman meets her best marriage prospects between the ages of 17 and 24. Invest wisely in real estate, be careful on the stock market. If you’re going to buy an apartment, make sure it’s in the middle. The poor will always go up and the rich will always come down. A marriage can survive love or hate, but it can’t survive apathy. If it can’t be punctuated with an exclamation point, reconsider whether its worth thinking, saying, or doing. Personal touches will get you everywhere, and handwritten Thank You notes are key. Just as people from Park City aren’t from Salt Lake, residents of Fort Worth are not from Dallas. It’s a regional thing. Smile. Remember names. Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you certainly can’t judge a doctor by his title. Make someone feel appreciated, and they’ll feel indebted in return. Beware of friends who surround you for your money and success. Kindness will get you everywhere, while self-importance will alienate you from the people that you meet. Money, status, all those things that we're supposed to strive for, really makes no difference in happiness. A lot of the time the people with the 'least' are the people with the 'most'. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt. Remain open-minded. Read. Listen. Learn. Consider creating a commune with your closest college friends. Have the patience of a decade. Don’t bother re-marrying, the second spouse is rarely better than the first. Follow your heart. Delay the real-world for as long as you can. That being said, the real-world doesn’t exist. In reality, we exist in an interdependent real world bubbles, occasionally hopping from one to the other and rooting ourselves in unaccustomed ground. One day, you’ll see your class clown become a White House spokesperson. Don’t laugh. Whatever you do, don’t go to law school. Blood pacts are often successful antidotes to procrastination. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.