I talk… a lot. I’m a chatter, a gabber, a socializer, a silence breaker…
So when I got an email from my friend with the link to an article, “40 Things to Say Before You Die,” with her subject heading, “absolutely the best thing I’ve read, ever,” I had to read on. What were these 40 things and how many have I said? How often have I verbalized them?
More importantly, were there things I was missing? Things I still need to say?
The list offers a variety of phrases from the sweet to the simple to the stirring. They are all worth saying and all worth remembering, but here are ten I especially like.
39. “Today was good:” Because as often as we complain, most days really are just good.
38. “I believe in this:” Not many things I can fully say I believe in, but the ones I do are things I won’t ever back down from.
33. “I’m sorry:” Say it. Just be sure you mean it.
29. “I did my best:” We can be so hard on ourselves, but if you can say that, then be at peace knowing you did enough.
27. “I’m lucky:” Because even in our darkest moments we are all lucky in some way.
23. “Isn’t this beautiful?” Make moments each day to appreciate the beauty around you.
18. “This is who I am:” Own it. Don’t explain yourself, make apologies for yourself, just be who you are and be proud of who you are. After all, there’s no one else like you.
15. “I’ll try it:” Nothing happens unless you try first. And even if you don’t succeed, at least you can say you tried instead of always wishing you had.
11. “I don’t care:” It’s important to care, but it’s just as important to know when not to.
2. “I love you:” Those three words can change a life and most of the time we don’t say them enough.
As I read the list, which comes with basic drawings to drive the point home more, I found myself in awe, nodding along, agreeing.
But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself. It may just be the best thing you read, ever.