This past weekend, I celebrated my 31st birthday. It was a wonderful day that included a sushi feast, too much wine, a 10K walk around Leeds, and laughing my head off at Seinfeld reruns (after all these years, they’ve still got it!)
For this 31-year-old, it was perfect.
In the lead up to my birthday, I thought a lot about the time I’ve spent on this planet (Birthdays just seem to breed retrospection, don’t they?!) – all the things I’ve seen, the places I’ve been, the foods I’ve eaten, the people I’ve met, etc. As you can imagine, it was a long list, but a great list; a list full of laughs, great memories, and a few mistakes here and there.
To sum it up, I’ve done a lot and learned a lot in these last three decades, and because sharing is caring, today I thought I’d share with you, dear reader-friends, 32 things I’ve learned in 31 years:
- Tea will never taste as good as it smells; stop buying tea based on smell.
- Making the effort is always worth it.
- Worrying, complaining and gossiping are a waste of time.
- Drinking water is as great as everyone says.
- Create an active lifestyle and listen to your body.
- Everything in moderation.
- Develop your talents and hobbies OUTSIDE THE WEB
- Give back; it does good and feels good.
- Make the right decision for that moment.
- Don’t let others dictate your life. Do what makes you happy.
- Be open to new things.
- You don’t really need that much stuff.
- Cutting a sandwich on the diagonal just makes it taste better.
- Everything happens for a reason.
- Always keep learning – whether it’s books, courses, classes or travel.
- It really is all in the details – happiness hides in small things.
- Don’t let your fears hold you back. You will regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did do.
- You don’t need everyone to like you because not everyone will. Just be yourself.
- Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
- Stop waiting for the perfect moment – there isn’t one!
- Work to live, don’t live to work.
- Be kind.
- Be financially responsible – dump your debt.
- Having said that, you can always make more money, so never sacrifice memories for money (within reason).
- Be genuinely interested in other people. Listen to them, don’t just sit there waiting for your chance to answer.
- Mistakes and failures are temporary. Don’t let them define you.
- Always, always stop to pet the dog.
- Gut instincts are usually right.
- It’s okay to ask for help, be vulnerable.
- Stop over thinking, just do it.
- Laughter really is the best medicine.
- I have no clue what I’m doing or what I want to be when I grow up and that’s okay – it’s all part of the journey 🙂
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