We, as a society, LOVE to give advice. We get it from our mothers, friends, teachers, the coworker who “had a friend that something similar sort of happened to once,” even the complete stranger in line for coffee. It’s often hard to sort through this influx of information and as we mature, our opinions change, our outlook on life shifts, and sometimes we don’t even recognize the person we were a mere year or two before. In an attempt to chronicle who I am, right now, and in honor of my recent turn around a quarter of a century, I thought I would share one thing I’ve learned each year over the past 25…and I’m going to attempt to keep it chronological. After all, we learn some of the best advice when we are babies and yet somehow manage to forget the simple principles as we grow. So here’s what I still know to be true…
1. Occasionally you just need a good cry.
2. It’s okay to nap. In fact, you probably should.
3. Hold hands and stick together. You can’t do everything alone.
4. Say sorry when you hurt someone.
5. Put pretty things out into the world and don’t be afraid to make a mess while doing so.
6. Violence is for neanderthals, use your words.
7. Spend as much time as you can outside.
8. Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.
9. Life is funny, if not hilarious. Laugh it off.
10. Drink more water…seriously.
11. Go places and take the path less traveled.
12. It’s good to do your best to look your best so you can feel your best.
13. Dance every chance you get. You’ll only ever regret sitting that one out.
14. The way others see you is not nearly as important as how you see yourself.
15. Read books…and people. Both skills will take you far in life.
16. Passion is what makes life worth living. Find it in everything you do.
17. Never say “I love you” unless you wholeheartedly mean it.
18. Embrace change. It’s going to happen more than you anticipate.
19. You won’t have the same friends you have now forever, but you will have the ones that matter.
20. Good things fall apart so better things can fall into place.
21. The money you save on cheap alcohol is never worth how you’ll be spending the next day.
22. There is no pre-written fairy tale ending, you write your own story.
23. Life is too short to diet…eat the doughnut.
24. Family is more important.
25. Some of the best days of your life haven’t happened yet. Be excited for what’s to come!
What are some of the most important things you’ve learned throughout your lifetime?