I have never really been too big on birthdays. Sure, they are cool, but its just another average day. Nothing really awesome ever occurs every year on your birthday, except that one year that started it all. March 29 has never brought me anything accept the gift of being born…no cool opportunities to be the first person to travel the speed of light, no exclusive knowledge that will save the world, nothing. This year, however, was different. I am no longer a teenager, which as a working professional is AMAZING!!!! Yay for sounding the teensiest bit older than my students. So, because I am enjoying aging so much, I am going to do what every old person does….impart my wisdom on you. Without further ado, I give you 20 Things I Learned in 20 Years.
- Always go the extra mile. I have found that putting in extra effort has only brought me great opportunities.
- Start new conversations with a smile. You never know when the boy at the counter will give you a free Frosty.
- Never skip breakfast. You will feel like death the rest of the day…especially if you skip lunch too.
- Carbs are your friend. If carbs made you fat, they would call carbs “fat”. However, they call fat “fat” and carbs “carbs”, so eat away! More glucose for brain power.
- Seriously, drink water. I used to laugh at the pee chart they would show in our high school assemblies, but hydration is key!
- To finish a project, you have to start. You may have all of the dreams in the world, but if you never take a chance and start, you will never know how amazing the finish line looks.
- Do what makes you happy. All of the haters are probably going to die sad anyways.
- Money will sort itself out. Now, first I have to say, DON’T BE STUPID. Money does not just fall out of trees. However, if there is something that you really want to do (whether that be moving or taking that trip you always wanted) just do it. You could save and save for ages and the time would never be completely right. As long as it is not completely outrageous, money will work itself out. We as humans have the wonderful ability to adapt.
- Do not go to Target at night. Nothing good will happen. Trust.
- You know you the best. Other people may think that they know you, but no one really does.
- The things you think are the things you attract. If you want more good in your life, you are in charge of that. It all starts with your attitude.
- The best opportunities are the ones you create for yourself. If you are relying on someone else for your career opportunities, you are most likely doing yourself a disservice. There are so many opportunities that are waiting to be created, and all you have to do is work for it.
- You can only ever truly trust yourself. This goes for school projects, keeping secrets, your emotions, etc.
- Even the people you love most will eventually leave you. Whether it be because of choice or due to death, you will be alone eventually.
- Nobody cares as much as you do. Things that you think are a big deal are most likely only a big deal to you.
- Except for that one person that cares more. Don’t be that person. Don’t spend time on that person. They are annoying.
- Move somewhere random. It will change your life in so many ways. Forcing yourself to adapt to new environments will help you discover more about yourself, and give you a super confidence boost.
- Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Like this blog for instance…some people think that it is insane to publicly post your thoughts, but this blog has already opened so many opportunities for me that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
- Don’t feel obligated to complete something if it isn’t making you happy. Whether that is a high school sport, a dream that you once had, a job, or even this list…if it isn’t fulfilling to you then you aren’t obligated to continue forever. *This is different then just randomly quitting and screwing people over. Tie up loose ends and move on to something better.
And with that, I am done. I couldn’t think of any other useful things, so I decided to leave you with an unfinished list. Better for me because I am not stressing over a #20, and better for you because you aren’t receiving any half-put-together advice. In the comments make sure to leave one thing that you have learned in your life, and don’t forget to subscribe by entering your email into the sidebar to be notified of any new posts.