One of the good things about getting older is the understanding that you know very little and how much more there’s for you to learn, see, experience, live and do.

Since life is cruel, in 10 years I’ll find 10 million other things I wish I knew now and things I should have done instead. Oh well, having a good life, family, friends, health and enough work to fill the centuries to come (The eternal optimist), I guess I shouldn’t be too mad about that.

Still, in the few moments I’ve been on this planet, I learned a few things I wish I knew when I was younger.

1. You have to work hard to create opportunities.

2. Your parents were right about more things that you’d ever like to admit.

3. Keep things simple.

4. Don’t be a seagull: Fly over, crap on everything, and then leave.

5. Be patient. Life is short and long at the same time.

6. Travel as much as you can. It’s humbling and inspiring.

7. Don’t worry away your life.

8. Don’t take people (friends, family, co-workers) for granted.

9. The world needs more artists.

10. There’s someone out there for you.

11. Be yourself. Don’t ever try to be somebody else.

12. Life doesn’t happen on a screen. Connect with real people and culture.

13. Never work for stupid people. Or you’ll join their ranks very soon.

14. Indulge in exercise and healthy habits every day.

15. Beware of what you say to people. You can hurt them for the rest of their life.