Rules For Life After 35

Swan Dive Zanetta Hardy

I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for a list that give me some insight into how successfully I'm living. This one is called Rules for life after 35. (And now I guess I have to admit I'm over 35.)

While I don't usually pay much attention to the Big O (that would be Oprah, and her world of multi-media activity), perhaps I should. This list of 28 rules is mostly a reminder of things I know, but with one or two new concepts thrown in. A few of the especially good ones:

Well Loved Rules

The five-second food-on-the-floor rule is really the 30-second food-on-the-floor rule. Except in houses with dogs.

Thank-you notes. Always.

A true sign of love is giving your partner the soft pillow.

Reminders Are Good

Parents love the friend who offers to hold their baby so they can drink a beer.

Go to bed. Go to bed. I know it's only 10:30 p.m., but go to bed!

Take the stairs. Except if you're on your way to a date or an interview.

New Learnings

People notice wrapping paper, not wrapping skills.

Lifting your tongue to the roof of your mouth while taking a photo helps smooth out a double chin.

Men who don't put their face in the water are men you may not date or marry. You can swim or not swim, but you can't half-swim. That is like half-walking, half-thinking or half-falling in love. The guy has to put his face in the water, even if it's cold and dark.

My absolute favourite one is the one coulmnist, Leigh Newman, uses to close her article, which reminds me of something I read a few weeks ago (OK, I'll admit it, on a church's outdoor message board): A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. So with that, here's the 28th rule:

You will never run out of ideas—or love. So put them out there in the world. You'll have plenty more tomorrow.

Hear, hear.

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