It took 30 years to learn this

May 21st I joined the 30s club and left my 20s behind! In honor of crossing this threshold, I wanted to share 30 life lessons it took me 30 years to learn. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired and you’re a much quicker learner than I am ;).

  1. Don’t be jealous of others, your time will come. You’ll feel much better being happy for them than wishing it was you instead.
  2. Realize there’s a separation between life and work, but take pride in what you do. It’s part of who you are and why you should find a job you love.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to others, but don’t compare others to others either! Accept people for who they are not who you want them to be or act like.
  4. Why can’t this year be the best year yet? Treat yourself to time with those you love doing what you love.
  5. Take the trip you’ve been wanting, you’re never guaranteed tomorrow, so what are you waiting for?
  6. Don’t live each day on a diet. Eat the cheese fries, even if the cheese costs extra—could you imagine if your last meal was a salad?
  7. Have the tough conversations, it’s better to muscle through a few awkward hours than spending your life regretting never addressing it.
  8. If it won’t financially break you, then just buy it. Money is only of value here on earth and we don’t live forever.
  9. Before you judge someone too quickly, remember we’re all just doing the best we can.
  10. Being your best doesn’t mean your better than everyone else at something, it means you give it your all.
  11. Help others whenever you can. You didn’t get where you are today without a hand along the way.
  12. Don’t assume someone wronged you intentionally, or that you’ve never wronged someone without meaning to do so.
  13. If you love a song sing to it, dance to it. Just be thankful that you can hear it and move.
  14. If you like an outfit, wear it. No one can tell you what your style is but you.
  15. Some of your enemies may actually turn out to be you friends, and some of your friends your enemies.
  16. Be present and embrace where you are and what you’re doing. You’ll find more contentment in that moment than thinking 5 steps head or of being somewhere else.
  17. Mistakes are only mistakes if you don’t learn from them. Otherwise they’re just stepping stones to success.
  18. If it’s not life or death, then it’s just a bad day – either find the humor in it or just let it go.
  19. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes more than standing in your own point of view.
  20. Realize nothing is ever permanent in life, good or bad.
  21. Stop and say thank you to those in your life, many of them never “had” to help you or be there for you.
  22. Try something new, you only get one chance to experience this world for what it is.
  23. We’re equipped with a sense of humor to remind us not to take life too seriously.
  24. There’s always an excuse, but if you want something to happen you can find a way, it won’t be easy but it will be worth it.
  25. The most valuable thing someone can give you is their time. They’ll never get it back and it could easily be spent elsewhere.
  26. If you have a chance to change something, do it – volunteer, donate or simply let someone know you’re thinking of them.
  27. It sucks to be told “no”- but if you never ask you’ll never know.
  28. You’ll never regret taking the high-road.
  29. Everyone has a story and you’re not the main character in it. However, that doesn’t mean their story isn’t beautiful or one you can’t enjoy too.
  30. No matter how different you are from someone, you’ll always have something in common-Do yourself a favor and be open minded enough to find out what it is.

4 thoughts on “It took 30 years to learn this

  1. I love this! #9 and #11 are both things I’ve been learning for myself the past couple of years. Everyone is on their own journey, and sometimes we all need a helping hand to get us through a situation. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  2. Great post. I loved the point about someone giving you their time. You are so right. Time is so valuable and it could have so easily been spent anywhere else. It’s good to remember that and appreciate when we get to spend time with others.


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