30 Things I’ve Learned Before My 30th Birthday

30th Birthday

In trying to remain positive about this alarming development — let me tell you, 30 really sneaks up on you — I’d like to offer up a little bit of advice, based on what little I’ve learned about life over the last three decades:

1. You’ll learn a lot about yourself when you step outside your comfort zone

2. Take time to discover who you are, away from others

3. But don’t forget to take time to cultivate your friendships

4. And know when it’s time to let someone go

5. Wear sunscreen (especially if, like me, your skin tone falls into “glow in the dark” territory)

6. Invest any amount of time and money you can manage in seeing the world outside your front door

7. Live a little, eat that ice cream every now and then

8. But don’t underestimate the power of exercise to make a bad day better (“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”)

9. Don’t build yourself up by putting down others

10. It’s ok to go to dinner and a movie by yourself, no one’s looking at you

11. In that same vein, know that you can travel by yourself, and it can be amazing

12. Cooking is therapeutic

13. So is take-out, if you just don’t have the energy

14. If some random man on the street tells you to smile, don’t — you don’t owe anyone anything

15. Pets always know how to make you feel better

16. Stand up for what you believe in

17. Persist

18. Always carry an extra hair tie

19. Keeping succulents alive is harder than Pinterest would have you believe

20. Ask for help when you need it

21. It’s ok to say no. Don’t go to the party if you don’t want to go to the party

22. Don’t contort yourself to fit other people’s expectations

23. Astrology might be pseudoscience but damn if it isn’t accurate

24. It’s ok to not like what everyone else likes

25. But on the flip side, don’t make someone feel bad for liking what they do

26. Sometimes it’s ok to be cynical

27. Don’t measure yourself against the achievements of others

28. It’s a mark of maturity to be able to admit when you’re wrong

29. Stick to a budget (you’ll thank me later)

30. Not everyone takes the same route in life. It’s not a personal failing if your milestones don’t align with everyone else’s

Hopefully in another 30 years I’ll have another 30 things to add to the list :p