Thirty. Years. Old. I knew this day was fast-approaching, but I wasn't sure how I was actually going to take it. We've been conditioned to think that this is a 'scary' time and that we are basically ticking time bombs that must have it all figured out by this age. Well, I've got some news for you. I do have a lot figured out. For myself, that is. And I am hella proud where I am today, what I stand for and what direction I am going in. No, I don't have all the answers, and yes, I question a lot of things daily, but all in all, I am a happy gal doing whatever she can in her world to keep on smiling and hopefully helping others do the same.
I figured it was worthwhile sharing the 30 most important things I've learned the the last 30 years...
1 - It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
2 - The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.
3 - Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
4 - Do it now. Sometimes later becomes never.
5 - It's about making time, not just having time. Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
6 - Do it with passion or don't do it at all.
7 - The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.
8 - Always find a reason to smile. Life is simply better when you are laughing.
9 - What screws us up most in life is the picture in our heads of how it's 'supposed to be.'
10 - Sometimes you have to get out of your head and focus more on your heart.
11 - Love comes when you are ready - not when you are lonely.
12 - The One is not someone you meet. The One is someone you become.
13 - Patience is a great virtue - one that I am building on everyday.
14 - Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.
15 - Change is the only constant in life. Sometimes you are at the top, sometimes you're at the bottom. No matter what the wheel will always continue to turn.
16 - Music can cure just about anything.
17 - Your opinion is just that, yours. Nobody is right or wrong whether they agree with you or not. Openmindedness is as basic as being a good human being.
18 - I believe in karma - do good, and good things will happen.
19 - A certain amount of selfishness can be good, as long as you aren't hurting others. Knowing how to make yourself happy is one of the most important things.
20 - Take your pleasure seriously.
21 - Every once and a while, make something with your bare hands and see how good it feels.
22 - Gratitude turns what we have into perfectly enough.
23 - Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.
24 - Don't let your doubts sabotage your actions. Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
25 - Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. (And sometimes a really nice glass of wine at the end of a hard day.)
26 - Never ever stop learning.
27 - Tough times don't last; tough people do.
28 - Never miss the opportunity to compliment or say something encouraging to someone. Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.
29 - The next chapter of your life can never be started if you keep re-reading the last one.
30 - Life doesn't have to be perfect to be absolutely wonderful.