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The Wall Street Journal claims people statistically have a midlife crisis at the age of 47. For once, I’m with them. I have indeed undergone a great deal of turbulence and a major career transition that has transformed me in the past 365 days. I now arrive on my 48th birthday a lot less wealthy, a wee bit wiser and far more happy. And I didn’t even need a tummy tuck, sports car or boy toy to arrive here.

I titled this post as such because it may serve as a handy reference when you too pass through life’s prism and turn from a sorry-ass to sage.

Heretofore are some kernels of wisdom I have learned through mostly experience. Many more than appear here moved through my mind, but these are the only ones I could remember after recent runs.

If you want adventures and great stories to tell, you must run into trouble, not away from it.

A key to happiness is self-discipline. That means when you lose it or lack it, you will feel a little down. And that, I’m convinced, is why we really have post-marathon or post-Ironman blues.

If you truly believe you have a “conflict of interest” with another event and your kid’s graduation, your kid deserves a better mom or dad. (Military service might be the exception if you are deployed overseas. And a court order.)

Dying with dignity is much harder than you think.

To truly embrace life you must also embrace failure.

Great social change comes from extroverts who think of more than themselves.

That said, extroverts could learn a thing or two from introverts who think before they speak (if they speak at all).

I recently read that centenarians have a few things in common: they don’t smoke, they don’t eat a lot, and they don’t let things get to them. Remember that the next time you miss a week of workouts and feel like your life is falling apart.

(And in case you’re thinking, ‘Well these people are genetically predisposed to live long,’ note that 40 percent of them came down with the same cancers, heart diseases, and other ailments that killed their contemporaries. Attitude really is everything.)

Running is still inexpensive, but racing is becoming a rich man’s sport.

Your teenagers will defy you. If they don’t, be very worried.

And if your teenager does nothing but defy you, be very worried too.

Will someone please stop the Housewives of Orange County, New York, New Jersey and Atlanta from reproducing!

Big-budget movies leave an immediate impression; quiet movies leave a lasting one.

At your 10th high school reunion, you are impressed by those with successful careers. At your 20th, it’s those who have successful families. And by your 30th, it's not the lawyers and the doctors and politicians and actors that you privately praise; it’s the guy who lost it all and still found the strength to get up each morning, including the one on the day of the reunion.

I bet even the imprisoned feel inwardly special on their birthday.

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