30 Life Lessons

THIS MONTH IT HAPPENED.
I FINALLY TURNED 30 YEARS OLD.

Year after year I closely watched in fear as 30 slowly crept up on me. Remembering turning 25 and having a Quarter-Century-Life-Crisis where I spent the whole day thinking about how much I have not accomplished and how my life was almost over makes me laugh today. Little did I know, that it was 25 when my life truly began. Now as a seasoned person on Earth with three decades proudly under my belt, I can say that I have lived. I am happy where I am, I am happy with where I have been and I hope to continue on. As I reflected on my wild adventures, I compiled a list of 30 things I have learned along the way.

  1. BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF. NOBODY HAS IT ALL FIGURED OUT.

  2. BE PATIENT WITH OTHERS. WE ALL LIVE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED US IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

  3. IF YOU WAKE UP RIGHT BEFORE THE SUN, YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY UP TO WATCH IT RISE.

  4. WHEN TRYING TO DECIDE ON AN OUTFIT, START OFF WITH THE SHOES AND WORK YOUR WAY UP.

  5. SOMETIMES, FINISHED IS BETTER THAN PERFECT.

  6. LAUGH MORE, CRY MORE. FEEL MORE.

  7. IDENTIFY 3 THINGS THAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU AND DO NOT COMPROMISE THEM.

  8. EXCUSES RUIN APOLOGIES.

  9. READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUALS AND SAVE RECEIPTS FOR IMPORTANT TRANSACTIONS!

  10. ALWAYS PLAY TO WIN WITH WHATEVER CARDS YOU ARE DEALT.

  11. IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY TO INVEST IN YOURSELF.

  12. HAVE MORE THAN YOU SHOW.

  13. SPEAK LESS THAN YOU KNOW.

  14. EVERYBODY ISN’T GOING TO VIBE WITH YOU AND THAT’S ALRIGHT. IF YOU HAVE TO SPEND EXTRA ENERGY TRYING TO PROVE YOURSELF TO OTHERS, THAT IS A SURE SIGN THAT THEY AREN’T WORTH THE TROUBLE.

  15. KNOWING HOW TO DRIVE A STICK SHIFT CAR IS IMPORTANT.

  16. BETTER TO BE OVERDRESSED THAN UNDERDRESSED.

  17. A FRIEND OF YOUR ENEMY CAN’T BE TRUSTED.

  18. TIMELESS > TRENDY

  19. ACTING LIKE SOMETHING DIDN’T HURT DOESN’T MEAN IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. IN ORDER TO TRULY LET GO OF CERTAIN THINGS, YOU HAVE TO GRIEVE.

  20. IF YOU’VE TRIED SOMETHING ON THE MENU AT LEAST THRICE, SWITCH IT UP.

  21. WHEN IN DOUBT, WEAR BLACK.

  22. BAD DAYS DON’T MEAN YOU HAVE A BAD LIFE. BE HOPEFUL, IT WILL PASS.

  23. IF IT IS NOT CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM: SHUT UP.

  24. HIDE MONEY FROM YOURSELF FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

  25. FRIENDS WON’T ALWAYS HAVE TIME FOR YOU, SOMETIMES THEY HAVE THEIR OWN SHIT GOING ON.

  26. IT IS NOT FAIR TO HOLD OTHERS TO A HIGHER STANDARD THAT YOU CAN’T EVEN LIVE UP TO.

  27. IF YOU LOOK FOR THE GOOD, YOU WILL FIND IT. IF YOU LOOK FOR THE BAD, YOU WILL FIND IT.

  28. WHEN YOU HAVE THE TIME, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME.

  29. DON’T LOSE YOUR FIRE.

  30. IF SCARED IS WHAT YOU FEEL. BRAVE IS WHAT YOU MUST DO.

    SO, HERE’S TO 30,

    IT’S NOT SO BAD SO FAR!


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