Everything I Know In Life, Some Wise Woman Taught Me

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I’m sure that all of us have wise grandmothers. And if we will admit it, our mothers were probably pretty smart too (once we got past a certain age). Come to think of it, I’ve learned some pretty important lessons from my friends and even my own daughter. All of these women have wisdom to bring to the table because of their different life experiences and circumstances. It’s up to us to learn from the wise women all around us so that we can become wise women too.

Lessons Learned From Wise Women

Lessons from wise women

  1. Develop yourself before you worry about focusing on someone else.
  2. The right man won’t be threatened by your brains.
  3. Get an education. No woman needs to be dependent upon a man for her survival.
  4. Don’t put up with any man who doesn’t treat you well.
  5. Be able to make your own living.
  6. It’s easier to stay caught up than to play catch up.
  7. Never make a trip to another room empty-handed.
  8. Do your yard work early in the morning when it’s cool.
  9. Stock up on essentials before you need them. Don’t ever run out of things you use continually.
  10. Buy on sale – don’t pay full price for anything.
  11. Be aware of your surroundings. The name for people who don’t is “victim”.
  12. You have to work for anything you want.
  13. If you want something bad enough, you’ll work your butt off to get it and won’t give up.
  14. If you learn to love to read you can learn anything you ever need in life.
  15.  You’ll never be bored if you love reading.
  16. Most likely you’ll be widowed some day – you need girlfriends.
  17. Work isn’t everything.
  18. It’s better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it. And some people are SO good at proving it.
  19. If you’re really smart (witty, good-looking, whatever) you don’t need to tell others about it. They’ll know it when they see it.
  20. The more you learn the more you realize you don’t know.
  21. You can tell how a man will treat you by watching the way he treats his mother.
  22. Pretty is as pretty does.
  23. Learn something new every day.
  24. If it ain’t broke, sometimes you need to break it.
  25. Don’t wait for happiness to find you. Make yourself happy now.
  26. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck. It’s the first place that will show your age.
  27. Always have a Plan B, and C, and D….
  28. Don’t forget to take your umbrella.
  29. Always keep a little money hidden in your wallet for an emergency.
  30. It’s better to be prepared and not have needed something than to get caught without it.
  31. When your feet hurt you hurt all over.
  32. Older people are still the same on the inside.
  33. Treat people the way you want to be treated.
  34. You can’t go wrong doing the right thing.
  35. Stand up for the underdog.
  36. Youth and age both have their own kind of beauty.
  37. Don’t date someone you wouldn’t be proud to be married to.
  38. Learn everything you can. You never know when you’ll need it.
  39. Enjoy whatever stage you’re in now because it will pass faster than you realize.
  40. No one is guaranteed they’ll see tomorrow.
  41. Try to live so that people will miss you when you’re gone.
  42. Look both ways before you cross the street. And then look again.
  43. Raise your sons to be good men and your daughters-in-law will thank you.
  44. Men don’t like to be nagged.
  45. The fastest way to get a man to do something you want is for you to get out the tools and start. He’ll be convinced you need help and he’ll step in and “help” you with the project.
  46. No matter how old you get, your mother still sees you as her baby. And that’s not a bad thing.
  47. You’ll miss people when they’re gone.
  48. The best recipes start with “a pinch of….”
  49. You need to know how to cook something other than tuna casserole and fudge when you get married.
  50. If you want to remember something, write it down! Then don’t forget where you put the list.
  51. If a man hits you once he’ll hit you again. Get away from him and be damn sure not to marry him!
  52. Trust your gut. It’s not called the second brain for nothing.
  53. People who are going to talk about you are going to do it no matter what. Forget about trying to win them over because you won’t.
  54. Some people won’t like you no matter what you do.
  55. You don’t have to like everyone but you can still be civil.
  56. Make up your own mind after examining all sides and facts.
  57. Just because someone says something doesn’t make it true. This includes your mother, your teacher, your preacher, and your best friend.
  58. It’s easier to tell the truth than to try and remember a lie.
  59. Class never goes out of style.
  60. A pair of diamond studs and a pearl necklace are always appropriate and never go out of fashion.
  61. No matter how trendy something is, if you’re uncomfortable in it you won’t look good.
  62. Don’t bite your nails.
  63.  Usually the less people know the more they want to prove that they do.
  64. Toss out the old fashion rules. You can wear white after Labor Day or have long hair after you’re thirty – who really cares anyway?
  65. Don’t spend every penny you earn.
  66. Don’t have a baby because you think that it will love you. Have a baby only if you’re prepared to love it whether it ever loves you back or not.
  67. Don’t put your feet or hands into places you can’t see. That’s how people get snake bitten.
  68. There’s a reason they say don’t talk about politics or religion.
  69. If you ever get the chance to go skinny dipping, take it.
  70. Sometimes you really don’t want to know what other people are thinking.
  71. Don’t marry someone thinking they’ll make you happy. Your happiness is your job.
  72. Don’t get married simply so that you won’t be alone.
  73. Your friends can get you pregnant faster than your husband can. Have you ever noticed how pregnancies come in waves? Obviously none of us is immune to peer pressure.
  74. Decide today what you’re going to cook tomorrow.
  75. Don’t keep items simply because you feel guilty about getting rid of them.
  76.  Just because a person has an item doesn’t mean they want to start a collection.
  77. Not everyone looks good in black. It makes some people look sick….or dead.
  78. Be true to yourself. Not everyone will like it but at least you’ll be happy,
  79. People who always have a book with them are never bored and are the least frustrated people in the waiting room.
  80. If you wait till the right time to have a baby (quit a job, take the vacation, etc.) you’ll never do it. The right time doesn’t exist, you just have to go for it.
  81.  It never hurts you to do a good deed for someone else.
  82. Slow down! That five minutes you save by driving fast isn’t worth the possibility of taking someone’s life.
  83. Enjoy people when you’re with them. And turn the damn phone off and actually talk to them.
  84. Chillax – it’s not the end of the world.
  85. It doesn’t cost any more to run the car on a full tank of gasoline than it does on an empty one.
  86. You wouldn’t worry so much about what other people thought of you if you realized how infrequently they actually do.
  87. If you live long enough life will kick the crap out of you. It’s how you cope that matters.
  88. You don’t have to tell everything you know.
  89. When someone pays you a compliment simply smile and say, “Thank you.” Don’t start in telling them why you don’t deserve it
  90. There’s no sense in pointing out your flaws to others who may not have even noticed them.
  91. And a lyric from my favorite song, “If you spend too much time winning love then there’s no time to be kind.” The world would be much better off if we all spent more time being kind to others.

There will be more lessons (if I’m lucky). One thing we can be sure about is that new experiences will provide new things for us to learn. I don’t claim to know everything. In fact, most days I can’t even claim to know very much. But I do know that as women we have the power to teach others, and that by doing so, we can change the world.

What have  you learned from a wise woman?


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