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25 Actual Life Lessons You Learned From "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"

I know you are, but what am I?

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1. Cultivate and protect your dreams.

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Aspirations and goals do more than fuel the imagination. They force us to examine how we interact with the world and can even offer a unique perspective on the multifaceted roles we all play in life.

Most importantly, there may come a time when a dream is the only thing you really have. So keep it close, keep it guarded, and always keep your eyes on the finish line.

2. Greet each day with joy.

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And whenever possible, add some exercise as well. It will pay dividends to your health and happiness.

Also, you are never too old for animal slippers.

3. Take time to make breakfast.

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In addition to providing an opportunity for Rube Goldberg machines, eating a healthy breakfast is widely known to help regulate body weight and aid in concentration.

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11. Stand up for yourself.

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When you're dealing with someone who can't be reasoned with, sometimes ya gotta get a little mean.

(I'm not condoning going toe to toe with gang members in a dark alley people. It's a movie).

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12. Be cheerful but direct regarding what you want in life.

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Most of us do not possess ESP. From family life to work life, being direct but polite about your objectives and intentions will make everything ultimately easier.

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16. Make it a point to meet new and interesting people.

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Especially the older generations. It is a well known fact that the more you've lived, the cooler (and possibly more terrifying) your stories are.

17. A little kitchen work never hurt anyone.

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Everyone should work a kitchen job at some point. Even if you have a separate career altogether.

If everyone did so it would help ensure that no one would ever tip or behave badly in a restaurant ever again.

19. Sing!

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Sing in the shower, sing in the car! Even if someone's looking, just get it out! Sing with friends or just serenade your very loyal and understanding pet. It's good for the soul!

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22. But you were born to dance.

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Dancing is one of those special cultural activities that knows no real nationality or boundary. Everyone likes to move, even if you're altogether terrible at it.

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24. Be a hero, even when you're terrified.

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There's no way to tell how someone would react in an emergency, but I like to think that each of us would gather every bit of courage in order to protect those that can't protect themselves.

25. Share the love.

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Be generous in heart and spirit.

Be exceptionally silly. Make mistakes. Make stupid jokes. Laugh until you want to throw up. Be adventurous. Take care of yourself. Dance. Sing. Work hard. Accept responsibility. Be thankful. Take a friend to the movies. Wear a bow tie for no damn reason. Take joy in being a good person, and share that joy with everyone.

That is the Tao of Pee-wee's Big Adventure.

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