Monday, July 21, 2014

30 Things I Learned in my 20's

As I pass from one decade to the next, I thought I’d write a few things down, so here are just a few things that I’ve learned in my 20s. Some are just fun, some are some deep truths that have shaped who I am or will be in my next 10 years. These are in no particular order. Enjoy.

  1. Learn a good accent....and use it sporadically. 
  2. Give generously...of yourself, your time & your money.
  3. Take time to breathe or you’ll suffocate yourself on “things” that might not matter.
  4. Take lots of pictures. 
  5. Learn how to clean a cast-iron skillet the “right” way.
  6. Sometimes you make plans and keep them for over 10 years, and then change them....and that’s okay.
  7. Only get a tattoo if it’s something you have really thought through, and that won’t change meaning to you when you’re old.
  8. If you can, eat good food.
  9. When deciding between a TV or a kayak, always choose a kayak.
  10. People shouldn’t get married for the wrong reasons or just on a whim.
  11. Be ready to give your life for someone else, even if you could save yourself by letting them go.
  12. Don’t be ashamed to dress up and act silly.
  13. Believe that God can heal you...and trust Him when He doesn’t.
  14. You don’t know everything.
  15. Don’t be afraid to go to a movie by yourself. You won’t literally die.
  16. It’s okay to let someone else plan things & be in control.
  17. Starting a business is hard, but worth it.
  18. You should only do a “once in a lifetime” thing once (Times Square for New Years Eve)
  19. Go to as many foreign countries as possible.
  20. When in doubt: wear pearls.
  21. Become friends with at least a few people that don’t fit your “friend mold”.
  22. Grief is hard. Denial is worse.
  23. Forgiveness is worth it.
  24. Don’t be too prideful to not listen when friends tell you the truth.
  25. Be the friend that tells the truth.
  26. Instead of having expectations & being disappointed when they’re not met, make it a point to tell people your expectations and give them a chance to meet them.
  27. Do not let your life be shrouded with fear. It’s much better to take a chance.
  28. Love must be sincere.
  29. Work harder than you thought you could, but rest in knowing your work means nothing when it comes to salvation.
  30. There is always something to learn, always beauty to discover, always somewhere to explore, so stay watchful and alert.