We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Pretty good advice, except for #12. Those extra dinner rolls (or beignet or sopapillas or homemade fries) are tasty now, but they're tough to shed 40 years down the line. Think of your revised rule #12 as the evil twin of rule #6 about saving and investing. No one needs lovehandle futures.
"At 45 one takes stock. The building years of your life are over"
Somebody tell her 'Dont stop living." I am 67, and finishing a 30x30x14 that I built by myself. Next is a 40x120x16 that I will build myself except for getting help pouring the concrete and I will pay the roofers
If you marry someone with whom you do not share all the important values, your marriage is junk. Something I see frequently in my younger women friends... They think it is all about 'interests'. I like cats, he likes dogs, we both love animals!! Bad basis for a marriage. (cat jokes aside.)
I still think that Jordan Peterson's rules for life are the best I have ever seen. DO something good. BE something good. Make your children be something good... Take on responsibility. Push down the evil we all have within us.
STILL in old age, responsibility is what matters. Not running 5 miles or other random 'goals'. Responsibility. But make your children raise their OWN kids. If you've done a good job, they will.