Growing Older Extra: Reader Essay by Deborah Redmond

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Winter 2017

W2017_GrowingOlderExtraDeborahRaymond_Inline300 I have been a student my entire life and have learned valuable lessons:

Don’t stick your tongue to frozen monkey bars on a dare.

Don’t tell people you can ski, when you’ve never been on skis in your life.

Don’t tell your parents that you go to your 8 a.m. classes, when you don’t.

Don’t marry someone because they look like someone you’d like to be seen with.

Don’t teach a course you’ve never taken.

Don’t charge anything you can’t pay for that month.

Don’t ride a new horse in a dressage arena, even while wearing a helmet.

Don’t depend upon others for your sense of self-worth.

Don’t lose patience with yourself when trying to learn new things.

Do take the time to look around, enjoy the view from wherever you are.

Do listen to yourself and others.

Do remember to breathe.

Do pet as many dogs as possible.

Do reflect on opportunities and don’t be afraid to say yes (or no).

Do purge your closets and throw out anything with shoulder pads.

Do read whatever you like, whenever you like, while drinking great coffee.

Do allow yourself to enjoy good food, but not too much.

Do live each day without regret.

Never stop asking questions, which is the single most important lesson I’ve learned.

- Deborah Redmond (B.A. '78, M.A. '80), St. Paul

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