One of my favorite bloggers, Sips of Jen & Tonic, recently did a post on “32 Life Lessons in 32 Years.” I love her post and the idea so thought I would do the same for my 25th birthday (eek) filled with the wee bit of insight I’ve gained over the past quarter century. So here it goes…
1. Friends will come and go – it’s okay. Hold onto the ones that matter; others will just be participants during your journey.
2. Money cannot buy happiness. Although I’ve heard this saying my entire life, this is a lesson I learned the hard way. It’s true and one I’m so grateful that I learned so young.
3. It’s okay to be 22/23/24/25/26/etc. and not married.
4. Spend (lots of) time by yourself. You must learn to be happy by yourself and with yourself before you can be happy with anyone else.
[EDIT] 5. Oh, shiz, I forgot one…
6. Spend money on quality (not quantity) products. This applies to clothes, shoes, insurance, furniture, skin care, etc.
7. Listen far more than you speak.
8. Maintain constant contact with professional connections. This will pay off down the road when you’re looking for that next job, boss, or business partner.
9. Follow your dreams at (most) any cost. You may eat Ramen for a year, but you’ll be far happier in life.
10. Save, save, save…
11. But don’t be afraid to spend this money when you need it. That’s what your nest egg is for.
“You have a freak flag… you just don’t fly it”- One of my favorite quotes from The Family Stone
12. Everyone is a little crazy in one way or another. Embrace your crazy.
13. Give therapy a try. You many not “need” it (or think you need it) but you’ll learn something about yourself regardless.
14. Spend money on experiences, not things.
15. No one tells you that the year after you graduate college will be (one of) the toughest you face. I believe it is because you are adjusting from the fun-filled previous four years into the adult, humdrum world. Therefore, during college, do as much as you possibly can. If that means not sleeping for 4 (or 5 or 6) years, do it. You won’t regret the crazy stories and memories that come from it.
16. Go with your gut. With friends, jobs, situations, etc. your gut is 99% right.
17. Be quick to take responsibility for your actions and only work for someone who will do the same.
18. Stop being so anxious about life. Things will work out one way or the other.
19. You only have control over your choices and your responses.
20. Try to find something just for you. For example, I blog for me, myself, and I, and I find great personal fulfillment from it.
21. Everyone should learn continuously – challenge yourself to learn something new every day/week/month/year.
22. Make a commitment to help others but don’t talk about it. This time and money you give away in secret is one of the best things you can do for others (and yourself).
23. Friends who will hold you accountable are amazing.
24. Be honest…to everyone. It’s refreshing and people will appreciate it.
25. Traveling the world is the best education money can buy.