Originally, I intended to write some deep, witty reflections about turning 30. But then the first two weeks of December happened, and life and responsibilities got in the way. (Because that’s what happens when you’re a grownup, right?) And then I wanted to write 30 things I’ve learned in 30 years. But again, life is getting in the way of me sitting down and thinking of 30 things. Or maybe I just haven’t learned that much…
21 Things I’ve Learned In My Thirty Years
1. It’s fine to have a life plan, or a time line for how you want your life to go. Just don’t be surprised or distressed if you don’t adhere to it.
2. Look down before you sit on wooden playground equipment. If you need further proof of this, see the two-inch splinter that my mom has in my baby book.
3. Don’t dangle beloved stuffed animals out the car window.
4. Give people a chance, but listen to your instincts when it’s time to let someone go.
5. Life is too short to watch other people’s “must-see” movies, especially when you have hundreds in your own Netflix queue.
6. Any experience can be relevant experience if you put the right spin on it.
7. Exercise really does make you feel better. So does sunshine. And kittens.
8. Grades are only grades. Money is only money. Neither is worth too much stress.
9. Don’t eat raw scallops.
10. Ask for help when you need it.
11. If you can afford it, hire a moving company. You will thank yourself. And your friends will thank you, too. Save offers of beer and pizza for more fun occasions.
12. When it comes to relationships, education doesn’t matter. Intelligence does.
13. Fresh herbs are far superior to dried herbs.
14. Drink lots of water.
15. As an adult, revisit vegetables you hated as a child.
16. There is absolutely no reason, as a peripubescent girl, to be so eager about getting your first period.
17. Do not underestimate the wonders of a high-fiber breakfast.
18. The best friends are the ones with whom you can do absolutely nothing and still have a great time.
19. Allowing yourself to trust and feel secure does wonders for your relationship. So does having alone time.
20. Sneaking a peek at your birthday or Christmas presents really does ruin the surprise.*
21. Everything you think you know is subject to change.
*Mom, before you ask: No, I did not peek at my gifts this year.
And 5 Things I’m Still Learning:
1. Never trim your own bangs when your blood sugar is low and your hands are shaky. Actually, never trim your own bangs.
2. Drinking coffee when you’re already feeling anxious is not a good idea.
3. You probably know more than you think you do. And you are probably more capable than you think are.
4. There is such a thing as having too much gift wrap.
5. Cats don’t always want to snuggle at the same times you do. Forcing them doesn’t help.