We all get older. I recently took some time to reflect on my life. I created a list of things that every woman should have. This list applies if you are 22 or 55 or 67. I also included a list of things every women should know.
Some of the things on this list were borrowed from Glamour magazine.
- One old boyfriend who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
- A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
- The knowledge of how to entertain unexpected guests and a house clean enough that you won’t be embarrassed when someone does drop by unexpectedly, but not so clean you make your guests uncomfortable.
- A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
- A youth you’re content to move beyond.
- A past interesting enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
- The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.
- An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.
- A set of good dishes.
- A pretty journal and the time to write in it
- A set of screwdrivers, a hammer and a lace bra.
- Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
- A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
There are also some things that every woman should know:
- How to fall in love without losing yourself.
- How to comfort someone who is in mourning.
- How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
- How to find joy in the little things: A circus, a thank you card, a pretty sunset.
- The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best dry cleaner in town.
- How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
- Where to get a picture framed professionally, who to ask for advice, and what to wear to a cocktail party.
- That you can’t change the size of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
- That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
- What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
- That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.
- Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
- Why they say life begins at 50 and 50 is the new 40.
- How to be comfortable when you are by yourself for an extended period of time.