The six categories: your purpose in life, tips for teachers, other careers, your possessions and travels, your health, and your relationships
Help for your health: - building strong habits (4 pp.) - exercising (21 pp.) - nutrition and 550 low-fat recipes (171 pp.) - health costs and physical healing (14 pp.) Help for your relationships: - labeling & managing your emotions (37 pp.) - listening and building rapport (17 pp.) - dating, communication, & getting engaged (63 pp.) - PG-13 romance with your partner (49 pp.) - parenting (134 pp.) - caregivers, the dying, the bereaved, and executors (20 pp.)
I first handwrote hundreds of letters to heal past interactions or to let go of feelings of indebtedness. I then gave away most of my tangible possessions after analyzing each one's purpose. I also eliminated most of my paper files and digital data. Lastly, I obsessively researched topics that made me feel anxious in the slightest regardless of how pertinent they were to this concept. I formatted the findings for each of these topics in a MS Word document with its own table of contents.
Originally I was going to keep these documents to myself, but then I realized they might be able to help anyone who knows English. When I was 21, both my last grandparent and my father passed away. All the wisdom they had yet to share was gone forever. I saw in that moment that if I were to have a child and then die when that child was still young, the wisdom I had yet to impart would also be gone forever. This applies to all families, and thus these documents can serve as a starting point for any family's trove of written wisdom that can then be put onto a hard drive at home and frequently edited.
Besides some general topics, I added ones for the professions I have been in as well as for stuff like buying a carpet or a mattress that are surprisingly technical and that I had to research for my own home. Most of the information is solid wisdom, but I now know that the healthiest recipes are low-calorie, low-glycemic, low-gluten, and high-fiber, and not just low-fat.
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