For my birthday this year, I thought It’d be fun to reflect back on the past 36 years and the items I’ve learned and taken from this life thus far. My goal was to come up with 36 thoughts for 36 years, but I actually had to cut myself off when I hit 60.

This list is by no means all inclusive of everything I’ve learned, but contains a good mix of lessons, thoughts and some cold hard truths that I’ve picked up over the years.


  1. Technology is exhausting nowadays. Once you learn something, it’s already changed.
  2. You can never truly replace a dog. They’re one of a kind.
  3. Read a book & expand your mind.
  4. Luckily, I still feel like I’m 26, instead of 36.
  5. Entrepreneurship can be a very lonely place.
  6. Look to learn something from every experience in your life. Be it a positive OR a negative experience.
  7. People that truly love and support you will do what they can to help you. They’ll ask and make it known they want to help.
  8. Teachers don’t get paid nearly enough.
  9. The thought of wanting to own a motorcycle someday terrifies and excites me all in the same – similar to entrepreneurship
  10. Sometimes getting thrown into the deep end of the pool is the best thing that can happen to you.
  11. You get out what you put in. It doesn’t matter what it is in life.
  12. Marriage takes a lot of work. Work at it, though.
  13. Money is great, but it’s overrated.
  14. Haters are going to hate. Forget about them.
  15. Be patient, even though it’s really hard at times.
  16. Swallow your pride and apologize to your spouse when needed.
  17. I don’t like or get along very well with arrogant people, but I love confidence!
  18. A confident woman is the sexiest kind.
  19. Learn to make good food.
  20. You’ll always come back to who you truly are and where you come from at some point.
  21. Staying in touch with others is tough, but make the effort.
  22. Football creates men of young boys and a mental toughness this world is lacking right now.
  23. Go to a movie every now and then.
  24. Having extremely strong faith isn’t about how many hours you spend in a church (or whatever religious place of your choice).
  25. Parenting is the most challenging, yet rewarding thing in life.
  26. Get the butter on the popcorn at movies.
  27. Having our daughter is the greatest gift I’ve ever received.
  28. Leave referees alone at games. They don’t get paid much and are doing a better job than you would’ve anyway. Unless you’re willing to do it, just shut up.
  29. Be goofy and embrace it.
  30. Make a point to laugh hard and be goofy every day.
  31. Don’t forget you’re always role modeling for your kids and young people around you.
  32. If it really won’t matter an hour or days or years from now, don’t stress about it and just let it go.
  33. The way you feel is directly related to how well you take care of yourself, physically and mentally.
  34. Hair is overrated.
  35. There’s a time to be goofy and a time to be serious.
  36. Expand your horizons with different types of drinks and beers. Don’t drink Bud Light or Coors Light your whole life. There’s more out there.
  37. A Chinese buffet is never as fulfilling afterward as you were hoping it was going to be when you spotted it. It’s damn good, though.
  38. Find and see the value in things before you ever analyze the cost of them.
  39. Stuffy and formal just isn’t quite my style.
  40. There are two kinds of people in life – those that want it and will go after it and those that don’t.
  41. Spend your time with others that will support you and where there’s a mutual respect from both sides. One where both parties would do anything to help the other person.
  42. Everything changes. Accept it and be prepared to adapt.
  43. Music and movies can be extremely powerful.
  44. A little bit of planning and organization goes a long way.
  45. Rarely is anything what it initially appears to be.
  46. Surround yourself with people that have similar goals and are as or more driven and motivated as you are.
  47. Follow and do what makes you happy. Life is too short not to.
  48. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
  49. Be yourself. Filters will only shield you from your truest and happiest version of you.
  50. You are either constantly inquiring about yourself and who you are becoming or you are stuck in believing the thoughts you have created about yourself.
  51. You can’t take money with you.
  52. Ultimately, you choose how you want to perceive everything around you. It’s a choice.
  53. Don’t waste your time with negative people and around drama.
  54. Still act like a kid every once in a great while.
  55. Get out of your comfort zone with something every day.
  56. Invest as early in your life as possible.
  57. Thoughts and dreams become things.
  58. Take at least a second or two to think before making any decision.
  59. In certain situations, sometimes all you have is hope and faith.
  60. Be thankful for what you have instead of dwelling on what you don’t.


*Patrick Metzger is a life and health coach and speaker that helps busy parents and professionals discover and ignite their ultimate potential in life through living healthier, happier and more balanced and fulfilled lives.