1. People can say a lot of things about you, but boring will never be one of them.
2. On your deathbed, you’re not going to have little regret-filled conversations with yourself, “what if I would have done this thing or that thing?” Chances are, you’ve tried them all.
3. You’re very in tune with your likes and your dislikes. This is because you’re not afraid to experiment and try new things. For instance, you love your partner because you’ve seen what’s out there and he/she is the cream of the crop, not because they were the first person you were somewhat compatible with.
4. Your life will make a great memoir/movie.
5. The more things you try, the more you fail, the tougher you get.
6. In a weird way, you get taken more seriously by people. If you want to write a book or start a crazy business, people assume you have the street smarts to do it, not that you’re a housewife running a business out of her scrapbooking room.
7. No one remembers someone who never overcame anything dark.
8. Other people have pictures of their babies eating cheerios on their Facebook. You have photographic evidence of the time you talked the DJ into letting you take over his booth for a few songs.
10. Traditionally we have cultural preferences for the old way of doing things in the present, but look down on that way of thinking in retrospect. Things that might seem controversial and non-traditional now won’t be viewed that way in the future. An inverse example (something that was culturally accepted and now we look back on those people as idiots): homophobia.
11. You will have really, really great stories to tell your grand-kids.
12. You’re in the company of Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith, Jim Morrison, Jenna Jameson, and Elizabeth Taylor.
13. No matter how many times you fail, you will always be comforted by the fact that you listened to your gut, you always got up and tried what you wanted to do, and you really and truly lived.