Sunday, March 15, 2015

32 Things I Have Learned in 32 Years of Life

Today is my 32nd birthday.  There was a time not-so-long ago where I doubted that I would that I would survive 30, so just reaching 32 feels like a major victory.  In honor of my “big day” I thought I would compile a list of 32 life lessons the slow march of time has taught me.

32. Never forget to remove ALL of your makeup before you go to bed.  If you don’t you’ll come to regret it for weeks to come

31. It’s easier to be nice than it is to be a jerk.

30. Set boundaries with loved ones, friends, and at work.

29.  If you need help, ask.

28. Happiness IS a warm puppy.

27. Be kind and forgiving to yourself.

26.  Shamrock shakes aren’t worth the hype.

25. Prioritize your commitments and accept that there will always be something that you just cannot do.

24. When you find meaningful work, it is easier to get up in the morning . . . even at 5 am.

23.  2 cups of coffee, 3 cups of tea—tops!

22. Read more, watch less TV.

21. Don’t base your happiness on other people.

20.  Like what brings your enjoyment unapologetically. 

19. Don’t ask for the right things from the wrong people.

18. Life is ever easy, but you will develop the coping skills to be able to weather (most) storms.

17. Nap as often as you can, the older you get the harder it is to find the time to sleep and stay asleep when you do nod off.

16. The best friendships you will ever form are with your critters.

15.  Never fiddle with your money or valuables in public.

14. Shut up and listen: you don’t know everything and you never will. 

13. Be open and honest about your shortcomings.

12. “Winging it” isn’t a plan.

11. If you’re happy with yourself then other people’s shade doesn’t matter.

10. Anything worth mastering takes practice.

9. Find your fandom and geek out unapologetically.

8. Compartmentalize: it is the only way you will get through a difficult situation in one piece.

7. Live in the moment.  All you have is right now; be present.

6. Force yourself to find something positive in an otherwise crappy day; reframing a difficult situation is often the first step to moving past it.

5. Unless someone else’s choices have a direct impact on your life, butt out! 

4. If you hate a book, you don’t have to finish it.

3. If you love someone, tell them and tell them often.

2. Women have to work harder for the respect and that is by no means ok.  However, you have to successfully navigate this unfair terrain in order to begin the process of dismantling it for other women.

1. You are only in competition with yourself; comparing your accomplishments to others doesn’t serve a purpose.  You do you, boo boo! 

What are some bits of wisdom you have learned with age?  Let me know in the comments.