Older? Yes. Wiser? You know it!
For my birthday this year, I want to share 35 lessons I've learned in my 35 years of life. Some about work, some about love, some about success — but all about how I can continue to go after the life I want.
35 Life Lessons I've Learned
- Asking for help & saying “I don't know” are not signs of weakness. It's okay to admit when you need something.
- Men are simple. Don't try to overcomplicate them.
- Women are complicated. Like, complicated. We just are. Embrace it!
- Shortcuts do not exist.
- You don't need to use emojis or exclamation points to justify a request. Just ask for what you want.
- You will not learn to make more money until you stop trying to qualify how much your time is worth.
- Your mornings are always yours, until you tell the world otherwise.
- Sun tanning is bad. Get some self-tanner and save your skin!
- It's okay to be a little selfish.
- It's okay to love someone unconditionally, even if they don't quite understand you.
- When someone calls you a b***h, it's because they can't handle how bold you are.
- The word “sorry” is meaningless & overused if you do not change your actions.
- You are NEVER stuck.
- You are NOT in the way.
- Build your own bandwagon.
- Have your own bank account, separate from your significant other. Always keep some money in it.
- If you can't buy yourself gifts, don't ask for any. But have something in mind if someone asks.
- Make your bed.
- Pay your bills on time. You get a little leeway sometimes, but don't get used to it!
- If someone doesn't like who you are, it is okay to say goodbye.
- If you do not like who someone else is, it is okay to say goodbye.
- If you don't agree with someone, but you love them anyway, find acceptance.
- Do not apologize for who you are.
- Respect the seasons of life.
- Your past is meaningless unless you learn from it.
- Men will always give you crap about your performance in the kitchen. That being said…
- You do not need to be great in the kitchen to have a happy home life.
- Things do not have the ability to make you happy. But if you're grateful for what you have, you'll always be satisfied.
- You could leave life at any moment. And so could someone you love.
- “NO” is a full sentence. Use it.
- Someone will always have something to say about your choices.
- Most people are good & beautiful if you get to know them.
- Read something every day.
- Pursue your goals with great focus, but be flexible.
- Treat others as you would like to be treated.
P.S. — Thank you to everyone in ShineSquad who made my birthday so special!
QOTD: What's the most important piece of wisdom you've learned?