March 14, 2020

All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Squirrels

This is one of the most fun posts I've ever written! I was inspired by the keychain I posted yesterday, and I started to think about all of the life lessons we can learn from squirrels. This is written tongue-in-cheek, but there is a lot of truth to it.

I know there are people who disagree with my feeding of the squirrels, and I heard it loud and clear. But I disagree. I love these squirrels as much as I love my own pets. Fox squirrels can live to be 18 years while in captivity, but only live an average of 7 months in the wild! One of the major causes of death is exposure to severe winter weather. I'm more than happy to fatten them up and feed them all through the Michigan winter.

My whole family adores "our" squirrels, and feeding them is one of the highlights of our day. Most of them will come eat from our hands, while others are more skittish until they learn from the veterans that we're cool.

Anyway, there are a lot of life lessons to be learned from squirrels. I tried to find photos that were fitting to some of these life rules--enjoy! ;)

*There will always be people who dislike you, so just be your true self. They're not worth your time. Some people will try to hurt you just because they can. That doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you. You are perfect and you are loved just the way that you are.

*Being kind to people can make life so much easier and more rewarding.

*Stealing from others is not okay. There will be more to go around eventually.

*It's not nice to tease others, no matter how different they look.

*Take good care of your teeth.

*It's okay to be wary of strangers. Make them earn your trust. But it's also okay to let your guard down when you feel it's safe.

*Always look both ways before crossing the street.

*Be patient. Instant gratification is the exception, not the rule. (Unless you are an Amazon Prime member)

*Be grateful for what you have. If someone is generously offering something to you, well, beggars can't be choosers. They are being kind to offer. Be humble.

*Sometimes you just have to go out on a limb and step outside your comfort zone.

*Be determined. When you know what you want, go for it!

*Always have a plan for getting out of a sticky situation.

*Be cautious and aware of your surroundings. Listen to your gut feeling if something feels off.

*Walnuts are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which may lower risk of heart disease, dementia, arthritis, and even depression.

*Exercise daily. Run like someone is chasing you (running in zigzags makes it even harder for someone to catch you). Do push-ups and planks for upper body strength.

*Be organized. You never want to forget where you place your things.

*We should mind our own business; it's not nice to spy on others.

*If you fall down, get back up and try again.

*Ask for help when you need it. There are always people willing to help.

*Save for the future. You never know when you may need it.

*Save some for the others. Gluttony is a no-no.

Haha! I covered everything I could think of. Feel free to share your own thoughts if you learned some life lessons from squirrels :)


  1. We have a bird feeder outside of the living room windows and we attract so many critters...deer, a possum, squirrels, and for the past two weeks there's been this cute quail that loves the bird seed. My dogs have a perfect view from the couch and it keeps them entertained.

  2. Adorable post! I love squirrels, too. :)

  3. This is such a fun post. I needed this today.

  4. It's not squirrel related, but at our new home (we moved in October) we have tons of birds. I had no idea how much I enjoyed bird watching. Saturday morning my husband went out on the patio to investigate a noise. It was a woodpecker, pecking on my pergola. At first I was like, how cute, and even snapped a pic. Then I realized he pecked 4 decent size holes in my pergola...little shit!


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