16 Wise Things It Usually Takes 60 Years To Learn That Every Child Should Read Now

Author and humor columnist Dave Barry has been making us laugh for 35 years. The Pulitzer Prize winner has written about everything from fatherhood to turning 40.

Interestingly, his famous list of “16 Things It Took Me 50+ Years To Learn” was not originally written as such. Over the years, fans have compiled and reorganized and retitled his wisdom into a list based on past columns, books, and a 1997 piece titled “25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years” from his book Dave Barry Turns 50.

Nonetheless, Barry’s wisdom holds true as much today as it did a decade ago.

1. Nighttime wisdom

Can’t sleep? Well you might need to take something for that. Just don’t double up on the meds, especially ones that make you have to run to the bathroom in the middle of the night. It leads to difficult life choices that you might be too groggy to make!

2. On the futility of meetings

Does anyone enjoy meetings? Stopping your work day to listen to your colleagues talk over one another has never resulted in anything good, except maybe a few hours away from the desk. And maybe some free donuts.

3. When things get out of hand

When your hobbies become your obsessions, it’s time to clean out the house and reassess your life. No one needs a thousand Santa figurines.

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