Ah, not being in my 20’s anymore. I have to say, it’s unexpectedly awesome. Things are coming easier to me. Not in the sense that life is letting up (it’s definitely not), more so in the sense that I have a better understanding of what I like and what I don’t. What works and what doesn’t. What to let in and what to let on.
To illustrate this perfectly, I invite you to join me at King Soopers last week when I was shopping for groceries. Grocery shopping has always been a trial for me. I never buy the right things, am always missing some key ingredient from every recipe, and, once, I somehow managed to make it out of the store having purchased only condiments and still ended up spending a fortune. Now, being 30 and ever so much wiser, I managed to make it out of the store with only things I will actually eat, all for under $40. Not too shabby.
Here are 30 other things it has taken me 30 years to learn:
- No is a complete sentence.
- Never buy bras online.
- Caffeine turns some people into a cracked-out, crazy lunatics. Myself included.
- Chopping off all your hair and dying it red is not the answer to a bad hair day.
- You can never watch When Harry Met Sally too many times.
- Some people just don’t like hugs.
- Parking tickets add up FAST.
- Don’t buy fresh produce unless you plan to eat it or cook it the same day. Broccoli gets more and more unappealing as the days go on.
- Don’t agree to go to a timeshare presentation unless you are absolutely sure you know how to say ‘no’ again and again and again.
- Not wearing sunscreen when you’re young makes your skin look like a leather bag when you’re older.
- When in doubt, go for a walk.
- Dogs are not little furry humans.
- Eating after 8pm almost guarantees a fat day tomorrow.
- It’s never too late to change careers.
- Doing a little bit every day is better than doing everything in one day.
- When in doubt, be kind.
- Marry the one who makes you laugh.
- Mung beans are never going to taste good and you should just cut your losses and stop buying them.
- You can’t fix people or their problems. But you can show up and listen.
- When in doubt, meditate.
- You’re never too poor/sad/shameful/embarrassed/angry/lost/busy to do something nice for yourself.
- Everything changes. Everything.
- Reading in bed with a glass of wine is a great way to spend a Saturday night.
- The first day is the hardest.
- It’s ok to always be a little bit overdressed.
- Clutter multiplies.
- When in doubt, go out for ice cream.
- There’s no need to feel insecure, people are mostly just thinking about themselves.
- Listen to your gut.
- Tell people you love them.
That’s my list! What’s on yours?