32 Things I’ve Learned in 31 Years

32 Things I've Learned in 31 Years: Reflections from a Birthday Girl [petiteadventures.org]

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:

  1. Tea will never taste as good as it smells; stop buying tea based on smell.
  2. Making the effort is always worth it.
  3. Worrying, complaining and gossiping are a waste of time.
  4. Drinking water is as great as everyone says.
  5. Create an active lifestyle and listen to your body.
  6. Everything in moderation.
  7. Develop your talents and hobbies OUTSIDE THE WEB
  8. Give back; it does good and feels good.
  9. Make the right decision for that moment.
  10. Don’t let others dictate your life. Do what makes you happy.
  11. Be open to new things.
  12. You don’t really need that much stuff.
  13. Cutting a sandwich on the diagonal just makes it taste better.
  14. Everything happens for a reason.
  15. Always keep learning – whether it’s books, courses, classes or travel.
  16. It really is all in the details – happiness hides in small things.
  17. Don’t let your fears hold you back. You will regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did do.
  18. You don’t need everyone to like you because not everyone will. Just be yourself.
  19. Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
  20. Stop waiting for the perfect moment – there isn’t one!
  21. Work to live, don’t live to work.
  22. Be kind.
  23. Be financially responsible – dump your debt.
  24. Having said that, you can always make more money, so never sacrifice memories for money (within reason).
  25. Be genuinely interested in other people. Listen to them, don’t just sit there waiting for your chance to answer.
  26. Mistakes and failures are temporary. Don’t let them define you.
  27. Always, always stop to pet the dog.
  28. Gut instincts are usually right.
  29. It’s okay to ask for help, be vulnerable.
  30. Stop over thinking, just do it.
  31. Laughter really is the best medicine.
  32. 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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