22 Things I’ve Learned In Twenty-Two Years (a little early)

My birthday isn’t until the 21st so this is about three weeks early. However, I’m expecting my life to be in some state of disarray that day seeing as I will be freshly transplanted in Germany. So, since I had decided I wanted to do one of these posts it seemed like a good idea to get on it while I have the time. I’m sure I won’t learn that many new things in the next three weeks.

  1. You’re not always in control. Sometimes you have to let life do its thing and just follow along.
  2. Life is never truly dull. It may be blissfully calm sometimes, but never dull.
  3. Change is simultaneously exciting, sad, scary, awesome, and necessary.
  4. The single most important thing in life is the people you surround yourself with.
  5. Adding onto #4, be loving to others. That, in turn, usually leads to others loving you.
  6. Sometimes it’s okay to be lazy.
  7. Sometimes it’s NOT okay to be lazy. (Know when to tell the difference between #6 and #7.)
  8. Hasty decisions are generally not a good idea. But damn, they’re fun.
  9. Don’t let the enormity of a task stop you from attempting it. Break it down into smaller tasks and DO IT.
  10. Understand that you are simultaneously an unidentifiable speck in the universe and also the center of someone’s (or some people’s) universe.
  11. Find your niche. I repeat. Find your niche. Finding your cozy little spot in the world is enormously comforting.
  12. Having a sense of humor about something is pretty much always imperative.
  13. Try really hard to accept that people can have vastly different beliefs and opinions than you. I struggle with this sometimes, but in the end it’s none of my business.
  14. Find what you love and try really, really hard to do it. Doing what you hate day in and day out is no way to live a life.
  15. Know when to throw your first impression of a person (or thing or place or event or so  on) out the window. First impressions are almost always bogus.
  16. Appreciate what others bring to your life.
  17. Remember that you are the sum of those you love. Every step you take, every word that slips from your lips, ever blink of your eye is inspired by a loved one.
  18. Goof off. Nuff said.
  19. It is not your responsibility to make others happy. It’s nice if you can, though.
  20. Meeting new people is intensely scary. It’s also necessary for growth.
  21. It’s okay to shop for fun sometimes. Not all the time, but sometimes.
  22. Adventure will come when you least expect it. Go with it.

I also did a 20 Things I’ve Learned In Twenty Years post on my old blog. Feel free to read about how wise and sage I was when leaving my teens.

And just in case you’re craving it, here’s a brand-spankin-new picture of me with my favorite nephew/godson ON THE PLANET.


One thought on “22 Things I’ve Learned In Twenty-Two Years (a little early)

  1. Every single one of these is so, so true! Especially #4, I couldn’t agree more. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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