A few months after my grandfather's death, I had someone re-iterate the first piece of advice on this list to me verbatim. It threw me for a loop since they never personally knew my grandfather, nor did they know that he was known for that quote ("When you work-work, when you play-play"). Whether it was me looking for a sign, or it was some magical moment in the universe, I'll never know. However, I do believe that we need a good reminding (read: kick in the ass) sometimes...and that was his way of telling me to stop sitting in the mud puddle and get my life going.
During this pivotal time in my life with graduation looming around the corner and a million different possible directions to go; I am grateful for everything he instilled in me. Not to sound cliche, but you never really appreciate people until they're gone. You always think of the people in your life as immortal, but they're not. If there is a lesson to be learned from losing loved ones, it is this: cherish the relationships you have, listen to the people you should, and tell them you love them every chance you get. Oh, and always pick up your toys.