Your Turn: Some things I’ve learned in my 95 years

Venera and Anthony Galli on their wedding day.PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTHONY GALLI
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Venera and Anthony Galli on their wedding day.PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTHONY GALLI

Here are some things I’ve learned in my 95 years:

To love and cherish my wife of 70 years more each passing day than the day before. I’ve learned that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

Growing old beats the alternative: dying young.

All that truly matters in the end is that you loved and were loved.

Its OK to get angry with God. He can take it. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

Time with loved ones will never be enough. Always choose time with them over things that  won’t be important later.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

I wish I could have told my mother, father and sister one more time that I loved them  before they passed away.

One should keep their words both soft and tender, because tomorrow they may have to eat them.

Being kind is more important than being right.

I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength or means to help them in some other way.

When you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

Love, not time, heals all wounds.

When your newly born son or daughter holds your little finger in their little fist, you’re hooked for life.

The Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

Anthony Galli lives in Pennington. He has authored four books, including two on the Civil War exploits of his great grandfather with his Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry in Virginia and Gettysburg. He has worked for UPI, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated, with hundreds of his bylined articles appearing in magazines and newspapers across the country. He is a U.S. Navy combat veteran of World War II. He occasionally submits a column to Newspaper Media Group.