20 THINGS LEARNT AT 50

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I recently read an article from a 25-year-old blogger Kayley Kravitz on things she had learned on reaching the big quarter century 25. Is was interesting , funny and real. So I thought I would add my lessons learned on reaching 50.

1. LIFE IS ABOUT 2 THINGS: To do or Not to do.  It’s as simple as that. Whatever choice you make know that it will come back to either haunt you or set you free!

2. FRIENDSHIP IS ABOUT CHEMISTRY:  After 50 years you have seen many, met a lot, hung out with a few and have a few you call  your friend. Friendship is about chemistry; you can’t force it to exist where it doesn’t the same way you can’t deny it when it does. Good friends are like stars- you don’t always see them but you know they are always there.

3. GIVE BACK: No one has ever become poor from giving. If you haven’t given back not even a minute of your time, then you are like a tree without roots. Old clothes, furniture, gifts at christmas, money, time, talent, yes even one of your organs if you have to . You learn that at 50 giving is much a part of life as breathing.

4. EXCUSES ARE OVERRATED: In your teens you live by them, in your 20s you associate everything you do with them, in your 30s you use them for power, in your 40s you here them daily from associates and places you go and in your 50s you have no tolerance for them. You can now admit when you are wrong, move on and never make the mistake again. You cannot understand why everybody else lives by them. In other words, you say to yourself and others -Fuck excuses!

5. MUTE-YOUR FAVORITE PASTIME: You develop this unbelievable talent to MUTE everything and anything that destroys your karma!

6. TRUE LOVE IS ABOUT MAKING UP: If you have never argued with the one you love  to the point of breaking up and making up, your relationship did not start. You realize a relationship is about starting over with the same person many times over and over. Love is only perfect in fairy  tales.

7. BE YOUR OWN FUN: You appreciate the joy of your own space and you can have fun with your inner soul.

8.  WOMEN: You learn that the only time a woman is helpless is when her nail polish is wet or she is under the hair dryer. Otherwise look out.

9. PEOPLE DONT CHANGE: You realize that people never change neither do organizations. You just get to know them better.

10. FREE YOUR MIND : You get to appreciate that one of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else things about you.

11. LIVE YOUR RULES : You live your rules and your rules become your life: In this house we do second chances, we do grace, we do real, we do mistakes, we do I’m sorry, we do hugs really well, we do love , we do family. You express it and those who don’t abide cannot leave too soon.

12. HOLD INFORMATION: In this age of information you learn there are 2 rules, 1. Never give out all the information.

13. DON’T ARGUE: You learn never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty. Besides , the pig likes it.

14. WANT OUT: Always, always have an escape plan. Shit happens. Flush it and move on!

15. REVENGE NEVER WORKS: You don’t believe in revenge. Your years have proven that it does not work. So you wait on Karma, it has no deadline.

16. AGE IS NOT IMPORTANT: A concept society has created is this thing called age. Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90. How you use you time depends on your attitude. Age is not  important unless you are a cheese.

17.   BEEN THERE, DONE THAT : Yes that phrase is actually true. People, places, things and all the experiences you have had keeps coming back at you and you realize that you have been there, done that and sometimes regretted it . Unless its new or has changed it bears no interest to you. Life is not one big roller coaster of events that keeps rolling along. Everything ends.

18. RELAX: You realize that yes we can relax. Life is not a competition. We are all crazy. People will always empty you .You just got to get your refill. When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say.

19. RELIGION & POLITICS ARE LIKE A PENIS : It’s fine to have one, its fine to be proud of it but don’t whip it out in public and start waving it around.

20. HONESTY TURNS YOU ON: Nothing turns you on more than honesty. You don’t need perfection. You just need honesty. If you could walk with a motto on your head it would be  “Quit the bullshit and tell me the truth”.

TOP 20 TRAVELERS COMPLAINTS IN THE HISTORY OF TRAVEL

Travel complaints illustration.

Ah vacation…that piece of human activity that most people would kill to have. It’s a time when we pack our bags, close our living space and leave our brain behind as well.

Most travelers will tell you – they leave their watches behind. But unknown to  them they also leave the one piece of humanity that distinguishes them from the animals and that is their  common sense. And for first time travelers they are tragically inept to deal with life’s real issues especially out of their own country.

Here are some  complaints received by Thomas Cook from their travelers. These 20 are the best of the best complaints.  Grab a drink, have a seat and enjoy.

1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

3. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

 4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price”

 5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

 6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

 7. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

 8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

 9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

 10. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide-book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

 12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

 13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

 14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort’. We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

 15. “There were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

 16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

 17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

 18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

 19. “My fiancé and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became   pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

and the last complaint that took the top 20 of all complaints by travelers….

20…..” We went to Jamaica and were surprised that all the people were black. No one told us that…”

So there you have it – the top 20 complaints ever from travelers in the history of travel. Are you one of them?  I hope not. I really hope not. Do you know of any other classic complaints in  the travel business? Please share your thoughts!

 

SALT OF THE EARTH

SALT OF THE EARTH

One word tot describe this spiritual leader …..SALT…. he is here to change the world.

– Pope Francis (World Youth Day 2013)

“We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends. We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. We need saints that look for time to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity and all good things. We need saints – saints for the 21st century with, a spirituality, appropriate to our new time. We need saints that have a commitment to helping the poor and to make the needed social change.

We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theatre. We need saints that are open, sociable, normal, happy companions. We need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane.

SALT OF THE EARTH

SALT OF THE EARTH

One word tot describe this spiritual leader …..SALT…. he is here to change the world.

– Pope Francis (World Youth Day 2013)

“We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends. We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. We need saints that look for time to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity and all good things. We need saints – saints for the 21st century with, a spirituality, appropriate to our new time. We need saints that have a commitment to helping the poor and to make the needed social change.

We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theatre. We need saints that are open, sociable, normal, happy companions. We need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane.

Quick thoughts on Jamaica

I recently read an article written by a blogger with the heading Jamaica…mad to rasa. Fr the benefit of my foreign readers RAAS is a Jamaican patois slang that is used to emphasize the seriousness of a situation. Here is the link to the article. Below is my response.
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Einstein once said – Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. As a returning resident I have witnessed Jamaicans becoming insular – well to do people cloak themselves in their own world with a sense of belonging, the not so well off constantly creating their own war amongst themselves, the church preaching to their own choir, the business people delivering service under heavy taxes, the tourist industry an insular institution unto itself and I can go on. You notice I left the Govt. out of the equation. I respectfully ask – What government? This country is a rudderless ship. I say all this to invoke that when we begin to restore Jamaica as a country of laws, a country of tolerance, a country that has a mission and goal , a country whose government believes that all Jamaicans are equal and that everyone must have the same opportunity to succeed, a country that supports entrepreneurship, until we as a country know who we are and what we stand for then Jamaica will continue to be a mad man walking in the wilderness of time, with her people behaving like savages.