At bedtime last night, the convo with my kids drifted to how to live a long life.
On the spot, I came up with the patent-pending “Joel Willis’ Top 5 Tips For Living A Long Life”. My daughter was so interested she wrote them down in the list pictured here. Or as The Dad Deputy Editor Ally Probst said, “lmao that your casual conversations with your kids involve lists.”
Let me break it down.
5. Make friends with good people.
“You become the people you spend the most time with,” my daughter said right away. We’ve been over this before.
Even if you don’t notice it, you’re influenced by the people you hang out with. If they’re good people, it makes it easier for you to make good decisions. And consistently making good decisions is EVERYTHING.
Never. Stop. Moving.
3. Eat healthy
You are what you eat. Nobody wants to be Ronald McDonald. He’s extremely creepy.
2. Don’t do drugs (includes smoking)
“Why do drugs exist if they’re so bad?” my son asked.
Most drugs were created to help people. Drugs can be used to reduce pain if you had surgery, for example. But if you misuse drugs when you don’t need them, you can die or become addicted, immediately.
1. Be careful with cars
When my kids are irrationally afraid of something and I want to calm them, I tell them, “Statistically you should be more afraid of texting and driving.” Not as effective as you’d think.
Driving is the most dangerous thing most of us regularly do, but we do it so often we don’t take it as seriously as we should. When you’re driving, pay attention. When you’re a passenger, don’t distract the driver. And never get in the car with someone who is a bad driver or shouldn’t be driving. Take it seriously.