It’s my birthday! I’m 37 and excited to be celebrating another trip around the sun.
We don’t have a lot planned, but it has been hinted at that I’ll be getting a new stove for my birthday! We’re waiting until next month to go shopping for it, but it’s something that’s been needed for a while now. I’m considering going for a gas range, however I’ve never owned one and I’m pretty sure we’ll have to put in a new gas line for it. Even though I have my anxiety under control, I have to admit there is a part of me that’s still a bit anxious about a better quality cooktop.
And with that I have to say, wow, it’s obvious I’m getting older. I never thought I’d see the day I was excited to get a stove for my birthday. Practicality is starting to take over in my old age, but I wouldn’t object to a fun or adventurous gift if it were given to me.
This year for my birthday I decided I’d share 37 things I’ve learned in the past 37 years.
37 Things I’ve Learned in the Past 37 Years
- Honesty typically has better end results no matter how hard it is to tell the truth.
- Making excuses will hold you back from reaching your goals.
- There is a difference between excuses and reasons. Understanding those reasons doesn’t mean condoning them.
- Flowers make me happy.
- Animals can be some of the best friends you’ve ever had.
- Working in a job of serving other people (for me as a CNA) is something I think everyone should do at least once in their life.
- Family can be chosen.
- No matter how much you know or how good you are at something, there is always someone who will know more or be more skilled. That’s okay.
- Saying no sometimes is important.
- Surround yourself with people who lift you up.
- Some relationships will come to an end. Not all relationships are meant to last forever.
- It’s a wonderful feeling to try new things even if you don’t like some of them.
- Meditation is actually pretty awesome.
- Clean out your closet and ditch the clothes that don’t fit. You’ll feel better in the end.
- No matter how alone you feel, know there is always someone who cares about you.
- Listening to understand instead of listening to respond is a skill that’s important to learn.
- Never stop learning.
- Multi-tasking isn’t as impressive as it sounds.
- Creme brulee is the most amazing dessert ever. Even better than chocolate (yeah, I said it).
- The answer will always be no if you don’t ask.
- Talk to strangers, you’ll meet some fascinating people.
- Libraries are like home to me.
- Take time to experience other cultures.
- Other people’s opinions of you don’t concern you.
- You don’t owe anyone an explanation.
- Change is not a bad thing; it’s just different.
- Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone.
- Research to find out the facts. Don’t believe everything you hear.
- It’s okay to not know the answer.
- A good sense of humor is necessary in life.
- People deal with emotions differently. Don’t tell others how to handle those emotions.
- Mind, body, and spirit all need to be taken care of.
- Learn from the past.
- Take care of your mental health, even if it means talking to a doctor. Don’t put it off, it’s important.
- Allow your kids to make mistakes and do things their own way.
- Make time to have coffee with friends.
- Everyone deserves to be happy.