This weekend, I’m turning 38.
Let’s put that into perspective.
That’s two years from 40…
…12 years from 50…
…and a quarter of the way to hot flashes, gray hair, and saggy boobs.
(Oh, wait–I’ve already got the saggy boobs. I’ve nursed three babies. Riiiighht.)
Thank God I’ve made it this far. Some people aren’t so lucky.
So as I sidle up to 38, I wanted to reflect on 38 things I have learned along the way–things that have come from this teacher called life.
I can only imagine what more wisdom shall be bestowed upon me in the next 38 years…!
38 Things I Have Learned in My 38 Years
- Figuring out what you want to do when you grow up is as easy as remembering what you loved when you were a kid.
- Stay friends with at least a couple people from your childhood so that you always remember where you came from.
- Exploring a new city without anywhere to be or anything to do is the ultimate freedom.
- Families should get together more often than just weddings and funerals.
- Even if you do your best, sometimes it’s not good enough. You just have to try something different. Or work smarter. Or both.
- Your worse feature sometimes becomes your best asset (can we say Jennifer Grey Dirty Dancing??). Learn to love it.
- How you carry yourself and how others perceive you will matter more than the words coming out of your mouth.
- Write letters to the important people in your life, at least once. They’ll appreciate it more than an email (and they’ll save it).
- You can’t eat the same way you did when you were 21. You just can’t. (sob, sob)
- Sometimes you don’t discover your best talents until later in life.
- Never be afraid to leave the familiar and go somewhere new. Even if by yourself. You will survive.
- Just because something makes you nervous doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t do it.
- Everyone has a purpose in life (mine are to create, inspire, and teach).
- The older you get, the less you care about the way you look and care more about being comfortable, even if you’re wearing Mom jeans and Sketchers.
- Not every moment of parenthood is warm and fuzzy. Sometimes you’ll wish for that 1-bedroom condo.
- Your children are the only people that think you’re a rockstar (at least until they learn you’re really not that cool).
- Take lots of pictures! When memories fade, you’ll have proof they really happened.
- You won’t ever be able to get on the swings or rollercoasters again without feeling queasy (how did we do that at age 10?!?!).
- You’ll never believe that your best friend from high school is now a grandmother.
- Say “yes” when a friend invites you somewhere unexpected. You’ll have the best time and meet new people.
- Learn to love your house. You’ve got a roof over your head, for Godsake.
- If you keep staring at a person when they stop talking, they’ll start talking again. It’s very unnerving.
- Losing a job is life’s way of kicking you in the butt to move forward.
- Never be afraid to talk to other people. You never know what you’ll learn from them.
- Sunshine and laughter are the best anti-depressants. Oh, and Netflix. Definitely Netflix.
- You speak everything into existence.
- Wake up early before everyone is awake and work on your most important tasks first because the day will eventually get in your way.
- Everyone loves to talk about themselves more than other people.
- Never stop learning. The exciting part of life is learning new hobbies and interests.
- The skinny kids from high school grow up to be normal weight at 40. The normal weight kids will get fat. Would have been good to know this as the skinny, quiet, unpopular senior.
- Start a retirement fund before you even know what a retirement fund is. Invest in riskier stocks the more time you’ve got on your side.
- It costs a lot less to decorate a house than you think. One word: thrift stores.
- Stick with your spouse even if you want to kill them sometimes. It’s better than coming upstairs to a cold bed.
- Take a family vacation at least once a year, even if it’s only 2 hours away.
- Do what you’re passionate about for long hours. Even when Dream Killers call you crazy.
- Say thank you to everyone. Everyone should be appreciated.
- Going to college is about the experience of transitioning away from home, not about picking a life-long career.
- Life is like a roll of toilet paper: the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.
I’d love to know what are the things that you have learned in all of your years, too?
Leave a comment below and share your truths with all of us!