Wednesday, October 1, 2008

32 Lessons in 32 Years

In honor of my 32nd birthday yesterday, I've compiled 32 life lessons. Thanks to my friend Lori for the great idea!

1. The world is an endless opportunity to learn, grow and experience new people, places and customs
2. Nielson’s Frozen Custard triple Oreo concretes are still the best treat in town
3. It’s okay to be honest with others about the struggles and challenges we all face in life
4. Being best friends with your brother and sister is one of the greatest blessings in life
5. Change is a good and necessary aspect of life, even when we don’t feel ready for it
6. Truly putting yourself in somebody else’s shoes is the best way to understand what’s really driving their behavior and actions
7. Few things compare to an early morning run in crisp fall weather
8. Being an aunt is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences life has to offer
9. Few things are more important than discovering who you are and then having the courage to be true to yourself
10. It’s okay to make mistakes – nobody is perfect
11. Be passionate!
12. Few moments compare to standing on top of Mount Kilimanjaro with your brother
13. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it
14. It’s okay to ask for help when you need it
15. Most people in the world are inherently good
16. One pair of great designer jeans is worth 10 pairs from The Gap
17. There is no better way to spend time and money than on international travel
18. Never cut 10 inches off your hair on a whim after you’ve spent three years growing it out!
19. Cherish each and every friendship in life
20. It’s okay to be a lifelong fan of Beverly Hills, 90210
21. Finding a career we enjoy is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves
22. We are all stronger than we think we are – we can get through hard things!
23. Training for and running a marathon provides a tremendous sense of personal accomplishment
24. There is plenty of opportunity for us out there if we just choose to take advantage of it
25. Try not to judge others – we have no idea what people are really going through
26. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to live happily without cable TV, Tivo, and a microwave
27. Expensive cars are highly overrated
28. Our parents really do know what they’re talking about (most of the time)
29. There is nothing better than reading a really good book
30. Sometimes splurging on a new pair of shoes is the best way to cheer up
31. It’s better to take chances and fail than to hold back because of fear
32. Embrace people from all walks of life – diversity is what makes the world go round


Spencer Five said...

Great list. I can't see Shannon Doherty without thinking of you. Happy birthday! For some reason, I always remember September 30th is your day.

Emily said...

Ahh, my boys are so lucky to have such an awesome aunt. I hope you had a great 32nd yesterday. Thanks to you and Tommy, now I'm feeling even more guilty about you-know-what!

Morgan & Geoff said...

Happy birthday! Love the list, especially numbers 4, 15, 17 & 19.

renee said...

What wise words from a woman of the world--and from the heart! I am proud to be your mother; at least I've done something right. BTW, what is Emily feeling guilty about?

Looori said...

NO MICROWAVE? WTF!! Ok, so I know that your list had great things that I could have learned but the microwave thing just stuck out!

Either way, thanks for giving me a shout out and following my lead. It's amazing how much we can learn in just a few short 30 something years!