Since Amanda's going to be studying in Italy this summer, I've been poking around on the internet to see what I could find about students, and Italy, and studying. I've happened on several interesting blogs by Americans who, for various reasons, have taken up residence in Italy. One of them, Allora, Aspetta! is by a young American woman living in Macerata, on Italy's Adriatic coast. She is teaching English to a group of young Italians, and they have their own blog, English No (Know) More, as a way of practicing the English they are learning. They have written a post entitled "Rules to Live By" with the list that their class has decided on, and they have asked for readers to come up with their own set, and then let the class know what they are. I have long had a set of guidelines I've thought everyone should follow, so I thought I'd write them down. Now, many of these are things I have adapted or stolen from my friends and other stuff I have read or seen, so please don't hang me on the copyright gallows, but here's what I think, in written form.
cruisermom's Rules for a Happy Life:
1. Flexibility is the key. Attitude is everything.
2. Read everything you can, whether it's the back of the cereal box, a cheap novel, or the New York Times. There is always something to learn.
3. Flush. Turn out the light when you leave the room. Clean up your own messes.
4. Don't eat junk.
5. Chocolate is NOT junk.
6. (a) No decision is irrevocable. (b) Don't marry a jerk. (c) If you do marry a jerk, remember - no decision is irrevocable. (credit Marilyn and Robert for that one!)
7. Travel as much as you can, to as many places as you can. You can't gain perspective if you never get off your beaten path.
8. Remember that everyone has a point of view. Just because it's not the same as yours doesn't mean it's wrong, it just means it's different.
9. Never say "it's too late," or "I'm too old." Even if you have only one more day, there's still time. Start somewhere.
10. You should always look for an opportunity to say "I love you."
So - that's my list. What's on yours?