July 15, 2012 I turned 40. Here are 40 random lessons I've learned, in no particular order:
1. Play peek-a-boo with crying babies in airplanes.
2. Always stay in touch with your childhood friends.
3. When you read a good book, tell others about it.
4. Share good jokes: the world needs more people smiling.
5. Adopt a dog: they are great companions.
6. Dance a lot! It's good for your heart and your soul.
7. Gardening is good exercise and makes you love plants even more.
8. Grilled sandwiches are the best!
9. Learn to play an instrument: you will have a blast.
10. If someone compliments you, take the compliment.
11. Stare at the sky long enough to watch the clouds moving.
12. Take a deep breath... exhale. Repeat... repeat...
13. Rioja wine. Yep, that's it.
14. Prog rock, for college years. Ambient and jazz, later in life.
15. When the opportunity opens up, travel: go places!
16. Some Sundays, wake up to baroque music.
17. A cup of black coffee in the mornings: hmmm!
18. Rogaine can help with baldness... if you put it on.
19. If your blood sugars are bad one day, try again the next day.
20. Learn a new language or two. You will discover new worlds.
21. When you travel, don't take a tour bus: walk around the city.
22. When you are upset, get away from the keyboard, take a walk.
23. Embrace gray hairs: celebrate birthdays!
24. Go inside a photo booth and goof off with friends.
25. Buy local, even if it costs a little more.
26. Have a thick cappuccino every so often.
27. Go to Farmers Markets.
28. Praise in public. Criticize in private, one-on-one.
29. Once in a while, wander, don't pick up a map.
30. Park as far as you can, don't use the stairs: walk more.
31. It's OK to feel afraid. Just don't let fear control you.
32. Straight or gay: it's all the same. Everyone is a person.
33. Minnesota and Venezuela are closer than you'd believe.
34. Smile when you are on the phone: other people can feel it.
35. Don't take yourself too seriously... Seriously!
36. Give to at least one charitable cause every year.
37. Aisle is better than window by a long shot.
38. Once in a while, play a song you love real loud.
39. I have an accent, believe it or not: even in Spanish!
40. When in doubt, remember: "You Rock!!!"

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Comment by Marie B on July 23, 2012 at 1:48pm

LOVE this Manny! I should be making a list like this myself.

Comment by acidrock23 on July 23, 2012 at 4:44pm

Once in a while? I play songs I love loudly ALL the time?! Good list though, it sounds like you are really engaged with your environment!

Comment by Manny Hernandez on July 23, 2012 at 5:03pm

Your neighbors must love your music! ;)

Comment by nel on July 23, 2012 at 7:28pm

Ah, ha ...doing something much less similar ( 10 Best reasons !!) for my 12 th Team Diabetes event in Amsterdam ...72 reasons ??? ( BD July 25 )

Comment by LaGuitariste on July 24, 2012 at 7:10am

Happy Birthday, Manny! You are a treasure to diabetics everywhere.

I hope you have a lovely year.

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