what i've learned now that i'm 30 and 8/12ths old

Today means I'm exactly eight months into this whole "30" gig and I realized I've learned A LOT since the turning of a page.

I figured I shouldn't be selfish and keep the learnings to myself so here we goooooooo:

Laughing is underrated. We don't laugh enough. Make it a goal to laugh at least three times a day. At the very very least. You'll feel better and you'll cause others to feel better.

- You can only control you. People can be frustrating, irritating, selfish...this list could go on, but ultimately the only factor you can control is YOU and how you react. You can let it eat at you, drive you bonkers or you can face the music. Put yourself in the other person's shoes and try to figure out a way for you to merrily go along your daily life without letting someone else's insecurities beat you down. Note: this is NOT easy and it's a constant battle, but once you embrace this mindset, I promise you, it gets better.

- Wine never gets old. In fact, it really does get better as you get older. I wouldn't say my taste is more refined now (nothing about me is "refined" really) - I just know what I like.

- Learning the difference between happy and comfortable. Because there is one. And it's not always obvious at first, but it's there and you learn to recognize it - no matter how hard.

- True friends are the best friends. The people who don't look at you funny when you say something totally bizarre or slightly crazy? The people who think you're funny as hell? The people who support you - no questions asked? The people who make you better? Let me give you a little hint: Keep those people around. They're a dime a dozen.

Dogs are still better than cats. Need I say more?

- Family really is everything. I hit the absolute jackpot with mine.

- I really love me. I like who I am. I like what I stand for and who I'm turning into (a wacky combination of Joe and Peg. Oh dear. God help us all). I like that I wear my heart on my sleeve and I cry at sappy commercials. I like that I can't sing, but I do it anyways. I like that I make corny jokes and I like that I still have a lot to improve.

Moral of the 30 and 8/12ths story:
Whether you're approaching 30, currently 30 or past 30, I urge you to keep learning. Keep getting better. Everyone will benefit. Just do it.
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