OK, I am sharing this list sent to me by my SIL. I guess I received it 15 years too late. I am using that as my excuse for so many failures. Must have been quilting when lots of these learning opportunities sailed on by. Oh, well. . . . .
By 50, women should know how to:
Say “no” without feeling guilty.
Book their own travel.
Say “I’m sorry” and mean it.
Laugh at themselves.
Change a tire.
Take themselves out to dinner and/or a movie — on their own.
Get around in a foreign country.
Program and operate their TV (this is easier said than done!).
Mix at least a few classic cocktails.
Do their own taxes.
Invest in the stock market.
Make themselves and their own needs a priority.
Sew — at least a little.
Defend themselves against an attacker with at least one signature self-defense move.
Carve a turkey.
Choose their own wine.
Light a grill — and then cook on it.
Order a credit report — and then be able to read it.
Examine their own breasts.
Graciously accept a compliment.
Flip their own breaker.
Plunge a toilet.
Properly hang photos and artwork.
Whip up a signature dish that’s not spaghetti or meatloaf.
Walk away from a situation or relationship when it’s not working.
Tell off at least one person who deserves it.
Say what they really want in bed.
Put together a piece of “some assembly required” furniture.
Apply makeup without a mirror.
Buy something crazy expensive just because they want it.
Ask for a raise.
Mow their own yard.
Unclog a drain.
Tell which direction they are facing.
Tell at least one really good joke.
Make small talk with just about anyone
Know when to reveal personal information — and when not to.
Think critically and independently when hearing speeches and listening to the news.
Paint a room.
Buy the right-sized bra.
Beautifully wrap a present.
Hail a taxi.
Reach out to an old friend.
Jump a car battery.
Show love with actions and not just words.
Put together a real retirement strategy.
Look good in a photo.
Open a bottle of champagne.