It's My Birthday: 30 Lessons in 30 Years

Life is funny. We spend our younger years rushing the days, wishing we were older. Counting each day till our next birthday. And then it happens. You wake up, and realize there's a couple weeks left till you turn the big 3-0. It's happening to me. I can't believe almost 30 years have gone by like the blink of an eye. 30 full years of life lessons, loving memories, and many ups and downs. I can honestly say the last 30 years have taught me a lot, and I wouldn't change a single bit of it. But turning doesn't mean I have to stop eating cake, and wearing pink, does it?! Please tell me it gets better from here. I figured this would be the best time to post about 30 things I have learned and experienced in my 30 years of life. Oh, and I will be using the term 30 years young from now on. 

  1. Our bodies are very intricate and full of many surprising things. Take care of it early on, and you'll be so much better off in the long run.

  2. Education is important. You may change your mind 20 times, and that's alright. But don't give up, and chase your dreams. You can literally be anything you want! Especially in this generation.

  3. Patience is a virtue. And it's a very tough lesson to learn. I feel like God has been trying to forcibly teach me this my entire life. And I still fail at times. But it's true that good things come to those who wait. And when it's something you really want, it will be so much better if you're patient and wait for God's perfect timing.

  4. Prayer is important. Don't be afraid to pray and ask god for anything. He knows your heart's desires and has true plans for you. His timing is perfect trust me, I've seen it.

  5. Life is guaranteed to throw you the most unexpected curve balls that you will ever imagine. You can't change it. You can't avoid it. You just learn to continue forward. And you will be ok!

  6. Death is the worst thing ever. And it will take the most unexpected person, at the most unexpected times. Losing my mom taught me that. Don't ever miss an opportunity to tell the people who matter to you, that you love them. Don't take the small moments for granted. The little things will one day be the big things.

  7. Love is wild. It's a trip. And you may think it'll never find you. But the moment you stop looking, it'll sneak up behind you.

  8. Be open to try things. It's in those moments that you might find your true passion.

  9. Forgive people. Don't hold onto those grudges from your childhood. I've finally come to a place in my life where I've forgiven those who've wronged me. It takes more energy to hate. Let it go.

  10. Don't regret a single choice. Even the bad ones. They become your life lessons. Learn from them, and then let them go.

  11. Get money smart. Your credit matters. Understand it, and be smart. You'll be better off when you grow up.

  12. Don't do anything that you don't enjoy. If you hate that job, quit. If you don't like that activity, don't do it. Life is too short to not be happy.

  13. You can be the change. If you see a problem, fix it. One person really can make a difference.

  14. Lead, don't follow. Watch what what others are doing. Be yourself, and focus on what YOU do great! And do it!

  15. Honesty and trust are what matters most. Don't get caught being a liar, or untrustworthy. It'll affect you forever.

  16. Your age is just a number. You're only as old as you feel. Me, I'll be 21 forever.

  17. Relationships should make you happy and a better person. If they do the opposite, get rid of them. You'll be much better off!

  18. Technology is here to stay. Being able to use it will help you get things done!

  19. Connect with people! Don't be afraid to reach out, making connections can offer great opportunity down the road.

  20. Nothing is impossible. Says Audrey Hepburn, my favorite lady.

  21. Don't expect people to be honest and trustworthy. But also, don't expect people to be deceitful and dishonest. Just trust your gut.

  22. Pay off bad debts. It's a great feeling when you do.

  23. Invest in yourself. Find your purpose, treat yourself, educate your mind.

  24. Don't seek approval from others. You'll never please everyone, so don't try!

  25. Life is too short to follow someone else's dream. Don't do it.

  26. Travel to new places! It'll open your mind, you'll learn new things, and it'll be a great opportunity! There's so many beautiful places to see.

  27. Unplug every now and then. You don't need to be connected every second of the day.

  28. Don't chase money. It doesn't buy you happiness. Nor will it fix all of your problems.

  29. Support others and celebrate their achievements. It's not always all about you.

  30. Accept and embrace change. Something good might just come out of it.

That being said, I'm 30 now. Is this real life? I am excited though to see what this new journey and next chapter of my life will bring! Xo C