The Best Wisdom I Ever Got From My Folks

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Here are the three best of many.


3. "Drink lots of water."

At the time, I thought this was absolutely cuckoo.

But years later, I find it such sage advice that I'm currently as waterlogged as Shelley Winters in The Poseidon Adventure.


2. "Once you turn 40, your life will really begin."

I thought this was beyond cuckoo -- ready for the straitjackets, actually -- and in fact felt that once you turned 30, everything was completely over, so how could your forties be your best decade?

But it now seems very prescient and spot-on.

It can be a decade of confidence, contentment, recognition, and everything-having.

So listen to daddy!


1. "All you need is nerve!"

That's not technically true -- you also need talent, dedication, and professionalism.

But at least that saying -- repeated whenever my father watched various acts get the spotlight on variety shows -- put the idea in my head:

"Be more nervy!"

And that was great advice.

Lord knows it got me this far.


So what did your parents tell you that turned out to be correct?

(Aside from "Stop masturbating or you'll go blind.")


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12 comments
Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Musto, you need nerve like Osama needs a hole in the head.

My father's best advice? "Never pass up a chance to get laid."

tony adams
tony adams

Mama always said "Never bake anything at 325 degrees." and "Don't count on the dead."

SassySquirl
SassySquirl

"Start masturbating, or you'll go blind."

Liv
Liv

"Don't write checks that your ass can't cash."

j
j

"If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Susan Hannaford
Susan Hannaford

If you always tell the truth you have nothing to be afraid of. If people don't believe you it is not that important because you know and God knows and everyone else doesn't really matter.

also - Don't be so totally self conscious about looking perfect - no one is really looking - they are more concerned with themselves.

also - Good Manners, kindness, and consideration of others will help you go far.

Guest
Guest

My parents' advice was also on the crazy side--lots of "drink water and exercise" with never anything about how to really live your life or be happy. But they meant well.

2Cents
2Cents

"If a stranger offers you candy, take it, and get extra for your mother and me."

"If somebody offers you a ride, take it. Why walk?"

"While Mommy distracts the man behind the counter, grab two packs of cigarettes and stuff them under your jacket."

Whimsy
Whimsy

"Clean up your room!" "Go to college!" "Get a job!"

I did all three and...big deal.

Movielover
Movielover

Mikey, are those your parents? They look nice! No wonder you have great hair! One time my mom said, "Don't you know that fat girl is just like you on the inside?"

Troofire
Troofire

Love man, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.

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