21 Life Lessons from a 70-Year-Old

I authored this story several years ago which I republished here in 2021. I’ve become four years older, and I am grateful for what I have in my life. 11/2021 © Øivind H. Solheim —

Øivind H. Solheim
10 min readApr 28, 2018


Photo © Øivind H. Solheim

I feel privileged for being who I am, and where I am now.

I am happy to have good health and no serious illnesses.

Good mental and physical health is fundamental.

This does not come by itself.

I know that I can do a lot to feel good in my life. I can take care of my body through exercise and other physical activity. And I can take care of my mental health, among other things by being active both physically and mentally.

Writing is a very good way for me to know that I am alive and doing well!

Here are my 21 tips and advice for a good life:

1. Know yourself. Know who you are.

To know yourself well is a basis for a good living.

This is a knowledge and wisdom that comes little by little.

For some people, it’s easy to know deeply who they are. For others, it can be a struggle over many years to find out. How can I find my inner peace?

It’s about being able to relax and to accept myself. Am I able to feel that I rest safely in myself?

It can be a long but also an educational process to get there. The goal is to live with daily peace and calm, seeing yourself with acceptance and gratitude.

2. Focus on what you want: your goals.

Think through where you are now and where you want to be tomorrow.

Spend a moment every morning to think about your life, and what you will achieve today.

Write some key words every morning in your notebook or diary. Write about today and tomorrow. Write about your goals, and your ideas on how to get…



Øivind H. Solheim

I write to learn where I am in life, and in the world. Writing is my connection with the world. I love nature walks, mountains, time spent with my loved ones.