In her ruefully hilarious article “22 Things You Should Never Do Again After 50,” author Jacquelyn Mitchard “considers her limits after a half-century of experiences” on the AARP site. Mitchard offers a wry and wise collection of taboos. Many read as though they are based on personal experience, but No. 16 is one that feels universal and wise:

Getting publicly and verbally excited about the number of stamps in your passport, zeroes in your paycheck, capital letters before or after your name (unless they’re H.R.H.), number of names on your phone-favorites list, number of people you could have married, the size of your acreage … or the size of your anything else.

You will love the whole list, and love that Mitchard sums it all up with No. 22:

Giving up — ever.

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