Anita Mitchell: You have everything you need
I CREATED BROWARDPEOPLE.COM
I created browardpeople.com to tell the story of Broward County one person at a time.
Just like me, people come here because they are attracted to the warm weather, sunshine, all the navigable water, the variety of people and cool things to do. They, in turn, become Broward’s best feature.
I have lived in Broward since 1974, raised a son here, taught high school English here and have been a television news assignment editor/field producer at WSVN-7 in the Broward bureau since 1989.
I will share what I would tell the “me” of 5 years old.
Here is where you started, Anita.
You were born in cold Detroit the same year as the Peanuts cartoon strip when you could fill up a car for two bucks and buy a gallon of milk for a quarter. During college at Michigan State University, you and five friends drove 26 hours nonstop in an old Chrysler to Fort Lauderdale for a vacation. You never forgot the feel of warm sun in January.
Aging’s good part is that it makes you wise so here is some wisdom for the future:
Spend time doing what you love. You like to write and you like to swim. Spend lots of your time doing those two things. If you like to live by water, do that too.
Everything you need in the world you already have. Do not look to others for your happiness, it must come from within. To have a good life, you have to live it so you can stay away from things that cause you to be hospitals or courthouses.
Uncomfortable shoes will ruin your day. Always go for the pair that feel the best.
Be careful of the relationships you choose because a lot of your happiness and a lot of your misery will hinge on those relationships. Find work that you love: A spouse is not a financial plan.
Spend time and energy on people who you love and care about you. Let the rest go.
Avoid getting bogged down with material things and activities. There is peace in empty spaces.
Some relationships have expiration dates. Free them and yourself.
Then treasure the good stuff.
The world really is your oyster.*
*Meaning. THE WORLD IS AN (ONE’S) OYSTER – The proverb first appears in Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ (1600).’Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny. Pistol: Why, then, the world’s mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.’ Act II, Scene II.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]