34 Lessons I’ve Learned By My 34th Birthday

34 Lessons Learned By My 34th Birthday

Live and learn, that’s what we all do. The smartest among us are the ones that actually use those lessons to better themselves as they age, instead of repeating the same mistakes over and over through the years. In an effort to remind myself of what I’ve learned over the years, I’m laying it out here to look back on from time to time.

I did a similar post on my 29th birthday five years ago. I thought I’d continue with sharing what I’ve learned a year before the usual landmark birthday year. In no particular order:

  1. People will judge you based on how you judge yourself. Keep the self-deprecation to a minimum.
  2. Trust your instincts when it comes to that “friend” that doesn’t feel like a friend or that significant other that doesn’t feel quite right. Life’s too short to waste time with crap people.
  3. Pay yourself first and treat those savings/investment accounts like the rest of your bills. You’ll thank yourself down the road.
  4. Almost everything that older people tell you about what happens to your body as you age is true. Believe them and take care of yourself.
  5. Brush up on your history. It really does repeat itself and it’s best to know why.
  6. See other countries when you can, but when you can’t, it’s still fun to explore your neighboring cities/towns/national parks. They’re amazing.
  7. Moving sucks. Stop collecting “stuff.”
  8. Book your seat toward the front of the plane so you can get off faster if you have a tight connection or late flight.
  9. You get so much more done when you don’t have cable.
  10. Going for a walk works wonders.
  11. If you want the job, you have to look and act the part.
  12. Doing everyday things for your kids that they’re old enough to do themselves is a great way to make sure they don’t learn them and makes more work for yourself every day. Teach them. Then back off.
  13. Delegate, delegate, delegate.
  14. If you don’t overpack your/your family’s schedule, you get to live a less stressful life.
  15. Most people in positions of authority like hearing what they’ve said. You can use this to your advantage.
  16. If you want incredible recognition you have to do something extraordinary.
  17. Being in a relationship/getting married doesn’t have to be your greatest accomplishment.
  18. At some point you really do have to stop eating like a 12 year old if you want a body that looks/feels good.
  19. Same goes for drinking like you’re still in college…
  20. Money equals freedom and power. The more you save, the less you get stuck in situations you don’t want to be in.
  21. See your musical icons in concert before they leave the earth.
  22. “Balance” never means 50/50. It means you have to switch from 90/10 to 10/90 every once in a while.
  23. Being worried about what people think of you is a waste of time. Nobody is thinking about you. They’re thinking about themselves. Or they’re on their phone. Do your thing.
  24. Podcasts > Radio.
  25. No employer cares about which college you went to. They only care that you have a degree. Promise. Get as many academic scholarships as possible or just go to the cheap school.
  26. Being able to say what you’re feeling/thinking (in a nice, respectful way) will set you free.
  27. All kids want is to be loved. Let them be who they are. All adults want is to be loved. Let them be who they are.
  28. Adapt or suffer.
  29. You know exactly what you need to do to be healthier. Just do it.
    (Message me if you need help)
  30. The library is a wonderful place. The library app is even better. See #7.
  31. Pay attention to your local politics or we’re all screwed.
  32. Keep in touch with your people.
  33. Asking for what you need is a good idea. Knowing what you need helps.
  34. Making yourself a priority sometimes isn’t a bad thing.

What would you add to this list for yourself?

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