Evidently, 30 is a big deal. At least, I’m making a big deal of it.
As this milestone birthday approaches, I’ve found myself reflecting on the last 10 years of my life. The good old 20s. What have I done? Where have I gone? What have I learned?
There’s something about beginning a new decade of life that beckons you to ponder the last decade. Did you spend it well? Did you do it justice? Is God smiling down at you, pleased with how you’ve treated the life He’s given you?
If you’re human (and I’d expect you are), it’s likely life didn’t go the way you expected it to. Your current situation is probably different from what you pictured in the mind of your younger self.
For me, I see my 20s as being a trial run. A chance to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that. An opportunity to learn what I want in life and what I don’t. A time to discover who I am.
You live and you learn, right?
The last 10 years have been a home for many wins and many losses. For significant achievements and significant failures. For a considerable amount of mistakes and lessons learned.
I expect that, with the unpredictability of life, the next 10 years will also be characterised by highs and lows.
But as this decade comes to a close, what personal (and universal) truths have I learned along the way?
Here’s a glimpse of my lessons learned. Specifically, thirty truths in my thirty years of life. Maybe you hold some of the same truths?
#1 Sleep is EVERYTHING!
#2 Money has nothing to do with job satisfaction.
#3 Your mistakes don’t define you. Just learn from them.
#4 Don’t waste time pining for what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have.
#5 The people around you will either cause you to move forward or backward. Choose wisely.
#6 Personal growth comes with stepping out of your comfort zone.
#7 Your own company is the best kind of company (I see you, fellow introvert).
#8 Talking to yourself doesn’t make you crazy.
#9 No one’s thinking about you as much as you think they are. Not everything’s about you.
#10 No one compares to you. So don’t compare yourself to anyone.
#11 Don’t put it off. Do it now. Your future self will thank you for it.
#12 Singleness is a blessing, not a curse. Embrace it while you can.
#13 Learn to love yourself. It affects your capacity to love others.
#14 Absence does actually make the heart grow fonder (most of the time).
#15 Don’t follow the latest diet. You’ll only end up overcompensating for the deprivation. Simply nourish your body and you’ll be good.
#16 Life will throw you some nasty curveballs. It’s all about how you respond to them.
#17 Don’t take yourself too seriously. That takes the fun out of life.
#18 Focus on your blessings and watch as more flow in.
#19 Your actions today have consequences tomorrow (real talk).
#20 Good health is a gift, don’t take it for granted.
#21 That acne you conquered post-teenage years is unlikely to be a final victory. Why? Because, hormones.
#22 It takes more than 21 days to develop a habit. Don’t believe what “they” say!
#23 Pay more attention to children. They’ll teach you a lot.
#24 Just ask. A “no” is merely an opportunity for a better “yes”.
#25 No matter how incapable you are of taking care of yourself, you have the capability to nurture a plant to thrive. I believe in you.
#26 Don’t wait until you’re ready. You’ll never be ready.
#27 Glean from those who’ve gone before you. Chances are, they know a thing or two more than you do.
#28 Giving in to peer pressure isn’t worth it. You do you.
#29 Be a man or woman of your word. Trust is a priceless currency.
#30 Don’t be ashamed of your differences. Own them.
So, here I am. Thirty, (not so) flirty and thriving! Ready for the next thirty years.
BRING. IT. ON.