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06/09/2015 10:31 am ET | Updated Jun 09, 2015

50 Things You Learn By The Time You're 50

Each decade of life brings its own joys, challenges and lessons. When it comes to one's 50s, those of us here at Huff/Post50 think they're pretty fabulous. We're not as consumed with little kids and career-forging, and we've figured out what really matters in life.

We asked our Facebook friends to share the single life-changing realization they've come to in their 50s. Here are the most important things you'll learn in your sixth decade.

1. "The only opinion about me that matters is mine." -- Diana Childress

2. "Everyone has an interesting story to tell, and once they tell you, it's hard to see them in the same way." -- Jamie Greco

3. "There is no rewind... you learn as you go along." -- Amy Zai Kaner Levey

4. "It's your life, live it the way you want, not what you think others think you should do." -- Barbara Perry

5. "Knowledge and wisdom are cumulative -- share what you know that will make your world a better place." -- Deb Hosey White

6. "People either want to grow and evolve with you or they don't." -- Lori Day

7. "Who I am on the inside is so much more important than how I look on the outside." -- Vicki Tucker Perrault

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8. "Calm the hell down. Most problems aren't disastrous life-changing events." -- Robin Horton Hensley

9. "My happiness is not your responsibility and your happiness is not my responsibility." -- Peggy Nolan

10. "Relationships matter... put time into them." -- Denise Buechter Forsyth

11. "Things could always be worse. Each day is a blessing." -- Boyd W. Wicks, Sr.

12. "I can say NO and feel good about it." -- Debra Peterson Padgett

13. "It really IS true that you have everything if you have your health." -- Barbara Snyder

14. "Life is short." -- Carolyn Rose Milner

15. "Don't take everything so personally." -- Joy Prather Van Holten

16. "Be happy with what you have. Circumstances can change in an instant." -- Rosie Daigle Eaton

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17. "Time is a great healer." -- Fiona Morris

18. "You DON'T have to please all the people all the time." -- Karina Hilton

19. "I like me... a lot. If you don't, that's your problem, not mine." -- Betsy Levin

20. "Enjoy the ride." -- Carol Van Wie Quick

21. "Be the best you can, every day." -- Peg Lucier

22. "Find your brave." -- Kathleen Haeg Eckola

23. "50 isn't as old as I thought it was when I was 13!" -- Brenda English

24. "Choose your battles. Some things are just not worth fighting about. Save your energy for those things that are dearly important to you." -- Margo Hailey Hobson

25. "Don't waste your time on the negative." -- Nancy Willis

26. "You can't save the world, so sit back and enjoy the ride." -- Jody Palmer

27. "Keep on smiling... no matter what." -- Joyce Ayotte

28. "Think hard before you open your mouth, especially when you're upset." -- Cheryl Strommen

29. "Things are just things, get rid of them. Don't saddle your kids with a massive house cleanout after you're gone." -- Sally Barry

30. "Always say yes to a dare." -- Garry Deborah

31. "Never say yes to a dare. It is a stupid thing and will get you into trouble. Always say 'you go first and then I'll think about it'." -- Vivian Dobbins

32. "Don't waste another moment trying to satisfy mentally unhealthy people." -- Lisa C. Crooms.

33. "It's not that serious." -- Mel Bynum

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34. "Stop talking and LISTEN. You might just learn something new." -- Marsha Magee

35. "I'm okay with being flawed. I no longer need to justify my shortcomings...accept me or don't." -- Mary Hels Jager

36. "No one cares what I look like in a swimsuit anymore, including me!!" -- Karen Valerio

37. "Don't waste one minute of every day you have on the earth. You can never get it back." -- Ardda Hersh

38. "Let it go." -- Margarita Hinksoni

39. "Worry less. 80% of the things you worry about never happen!" -- Barbara Mathieson

40. "Should have looked after myself better when I was twenty!" -- Debbie Lee Spenard

41. "You're never too old to get conned." -- Lauri Andersen

42. "Gravity is a harsh mistress." -- Malinda Sund

43. "It is never ever too late to go after a dream." -- Theresa St. John

44. "Be present. Enjoy each day and moment, for time grows short. No regrets." -- Laureen Lund

45. "Never give your Home Depot credit card to your lover." -- Franci Zalon

46. "That no matter how hard you try your parents are going to do what they want to do as they age." -- Patricia Borosky

47. "Don't make immediate decisions about complex matters. Think things through more. Waiting 24 hours can make a difference. I do my homework now and don't make those knee-jerk decisions I did when I was young. -- Jerri Munn

48. "Keep moving. Open yourself to new ideas, experiences." -- Peggy Hockett-Smith

49. "It's never too late." -- Sheila Greene

50. "Tell your kids you love them every day." -- Shelley Emling

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