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Twelve Things I Have Learned From Life

1.  It’s OK to unplug yourself from your computer/laptop/Iphone/Ipad for the day/week/month or year.  You will survive.

2.  Fashion designers please note that we size 18-28s want the same trendy funky clothes as size 8-18s not shapeless fluorescent paisley tent/tablecloths more suited to the parachute or distress signal industry.

3.  There is no such thing as a low fat sultana and ricotta slice.

4.  How many of your 1,249 facebook friends would let you borrow their car, lend you $500 or give you a helping hand in a crisis?

5.  Your Facebook status updates are relevant and important only to you and your mother.

6.  Overpopulation, consumerism and credit card debt will destroy the planet – not global warming, the Mayan Calendar nor Harold Camping’s visions of the Apocalypse.

7.  Planting trees might make you feel warm and fuzzy but will not save the planet.  Chopping your credit card in half might give us a bit more time though.

8.  The world does not revolve around you and when you start practicing yoga and meditation you come to the realization that you are most supremely grateful that it actually doesn’t.

9.  Eat well, read a book, take the dog for a walk and be nice to everyone.  In other words nurture your mind, brain, body and relationships.  This is the meaning of life.

10.  Don’t rely on other people to make you happy because they are relying on you to make them happy and you will both end up bitterly disappointed.

11.  You will not find enlightenment nor will you self-actualise at the local shopping mall.

12.  Sometimes it feels like I am trying to smash a banana through a brick wall.  Sometimes I am the banana and other times I am the wall.


Twelve Things I Have Learned From Life

Sonia Neale

Sonia Neale was recently awarded the Inaugural Barbara Hocking SANE Australia Fellowship to study and research Borderline Personality Disorder overseas in the USA, Canada, UK and Ireland. Her previous Psych Central blog was called Therapy Unplugged. She is the author of two books, The Bad Mother’s Revenge and Death by Teenager, both published by ABC Books/Harper Collins. She lives in Western Australia, is married with three adult children, has studied psychoanalytic psychotherapy, has a Certificate IV in Mental Health and is studying for a Psychology/Counselling degree. She currently works as a peer support worker in the mental health field.

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Neale, S. (2011). Twelve Things I Have Learned From Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from


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