30 Things Life Taught Me in 30 Years

Three Decades

After I tossed and then turned for what must have been the 823rd time, I cracked one eye open and saw it was daylight. I stretched, yawned, and stared at the ceiling; contemplating how I could possibly be a functioning member of society if I was SO DANG TIRED.

Deciding I had no choice, I crawled out of bed and found myself greeted by two wet, cold noses, eager to get outside to relieve themselves and then bark at all of the “bad guys”. I was still coming out of a groggy haze while hobbling back to my bedroom (because morning foot pain) wondering what time it was, actually, wondering what day it was.

It’s Thursday, wait… no, I think it’s Wednesday… I looked at my phone to check the time and saw the myriad of new notifications. Oh yeah, it is Wednesday… August 14th… It’s my birthday.

My 30th birthday.

I remember when 30 used to seem SO old. I know a lot of people dread turning the big three-oh, but instead, I’ll choose to celebrate it. I’ve been blessed with a new day and another opportunity to continue to try to make a positive impact in the world.

Plus, there are a lot of life lessons to be learned in 30 years. Here are the top 30 things life has taught me in the last 30 years (in no particular order):.

PS: Whether these lessons were learned through my own personal experiences or through witnessing someone else’s experiences is for you to wonder and me to never tell!

1. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, motivate you, & cheer for you. People who are passionate and open minded, people who remind you of who are when you lose yourself.

2. Never compromise yourself to please another person.

3. Always. ALWAYS. Double check the recipient name when sending a text or email.

4. Don't ignore red flags. Instead, treat them as deal breakers. You'll save yourself from unnecessary heartache.

5. Pets are proof that love can overcome any language barrier.

6. Never pass up the opportunity to take a nap, dance, or tell someone you love them.

7. If you have the stomach flu and the Dr. gives you medicine causing extreme drowsiness, do not, under any circumstances, sleep without a depends or in a bed without a bed liner. Seriously. You can thank me later.

8. Knowingly putting yourself in unsafe situations isn't cool, it's stupid.

9. Life radically changes when you finally accept & surrender to God.

10. Some days are hard. It's ok to not be ok. If you feel like you can't get out of bed, don't. Give yourself the day. Maybe even two... but it's not ok to get stuck there. Get up, get out, ask for help if you need it, just move forward.

11. Wash your hands DIRECTLY AFTER cutting hot peppers... thoroughly. If you don't - your eyes, nose, or other body parts you've touched will light on fire (or at least it will feel like they did).

12. Aside from your parents during your dependent years, No one owes you anything. You are responsible for yourself and your own actions.

13. Never stop learning. If you limit your knowledge, you limit your potential.

14. Don't be afraid to question everything. Whether it be rules, authority, or processes; just because someone says it is, doesn't mean it is.

15. Recieving hand-written cards and letters is one of life's most exciting things. Send them often.

16. Being a parent is the most difficult, thankless, yet overwhelmingly-rewarding job in life.

17. No matter how hard you try, you won't look cool chasing a ping-pong ball.

18. Kindness and compassion are the two most important traits a human can possess.

19. If you are nauseous while driving, the worst thing to do is to throw up out of the window while you continue driving. Especially if you have a passenger in the seat directly behind you.

20. True joy is derived from living a generous life.

21. Embrace change. Staying in your comfort zone will lead to a stagnant, mediocre life.

22. Our time on earth is limited. Why waste it by mating socks?

23. Picking someone apart, berating them, or gossiping about them doesn't do anyone, including yourself, any good. You become less trustworthy and unpleasant to be around. Instead, live with integrity. Look for the good in people. Be encouraging. Be tolerant. Lift people up. Lead by example.

24. Don't leave for a trip unless you have verified the directions are accurate. Otherwise you might end up driving 4+ hours to a destination that was only 1 1/2 hours away.

25. Cherish and respect the people who raised you. They are the why and the who behind the person you are.

26. Tough things are going to happen in life. You get to choose to dwell in it or to work towards overcoming it. "I am not a product of my circumstances; I am a product of my decisions." - Stephen R. Covey

27. You don't recover nearly as quickly when your older as you did when you were younger. Take a hangover for example, the # of drinks you consume is equivalent to the # of days it takes to recover.

28. Let the kids decorate the Christmas tree. You can always rearrange it when they're asleep.

29. Don't throw money away just because of the name on the label. You can get just as many, if not more, compliments on a shiny mermaid purse as you do a Michael Kors Purse.

30. Comfortable shoes make for a more pleasent day.

Do you have any words of wisdom to add to this list?
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