Happy Birthday To Me! A Look At 25 Years Of Life Lessons

Yoda (Image Credit: Andres Rueda via flickr.com)

To commemorate my oldness (it’s my birthday!) I have decided to make a list of 25 things I have learned from life so far! I’m hitting the 1/4 century mark and I sort of feel like it’s a ‘big deal’. I mean, it’s not everyday where you can so easily associate your age with a fraction AND the big 1-0-0, right? So, perhaps a little pretentiously, here is my list of life lessons-

  1. Be careful what you put on the Internet.
  2. It’s never to late to learn something new.
  3. Trust and care for your body.
  4. People want to help each other.
  5. If you don’t like something at first, don’t be afraid to try it again. And again. And again.
  6. It’s important to stop looking back, so that you can see where you are, and where you might be going.
  7. It’s always a good time for good music.
  8. Time doesn’t heal all wounds. And if you don’t clean those wounds out really good, care for them properly- time is going to make themĀ  smelly, pus filled and painful.
  9. The best person to rely on is yourself.
  10. Unrequited love sucks.
  11. Love isn’t easy. It takes work.
  12. You will always find a way to stay connected to the people who are important to you in life. And vice versa.
  13. Family isn’t about blood.
  14. It’s probably important to floss. Daily.
  15. If you don’t want someone to steal your stuff, don’t leave your window rolled down and the door unlocked.
  16. People are always looking for a way to unleash their negative feelings on to others. Recognize when that’s happening, don’t take it to heart, and try not to do it to others.
  17. Always check to see if there is toilet paper before you sit down.
  18. It’s not important to be different. It’s important to be yourself.
  19. The situations you pray to avoid seem to give you the most meaningful lessons when (of course) your prayers aren’t answered and you’re forced to experience whatever you wanted to avoid. And that, can be a very good thing.
  20. Karma knows right where your weak spots are, and will kick you as hard as it can there. So. Do your best to create good karma before you get bitch-slapped by bad Karma.
  21. You can live without almost everything you think you need. Like a car. Or fridge.
  22. Parenting is a lot harder than anyone ever makes it look.
  23. Contrary to the popular school yard anti-bullying slogan (Sticks and stones may break my bones…) words actually CAN hurt. Deeply.
  24. Sometimes, it’s important to turn off the electronics and get outside.
  25. You can choose whether to do something, or nothing. You can choose whether to look for the best in things, or whether to find the worst. Your perspective in life… what you do… well. That’s all up to you.

Full of epic wisdom? Probably not! I’m sure that some of this is old news for some people, but I can say that I have had quite a journey learning these things first hand. Like the toilet paper thing. You would not believe how many times I’ve done that, or what an impact it has had. Maybe I’ll do one of these when I turn 50, 75, and then 100. It would be interesting to see what changes, what new things make the list, right? No idea what I’ll actually do with these little pieces of self education. Maybe I’ll tack them up on my gravestone for random people who walk by? Anyways, it’s fun to think on this stuff.

What was your favourite? Have you learned any of these yourself? Please feel free to add any of your own to the list!


Image Credit: Andres Rueda via flickr.com

One Response to Happy Birthday To Me! A Look At 25 Years Of Life Lessons

  1. Carolyn says:

    I love the fact that your #1 was be careful what you add to the Internet! And #20…. I couldn’t agree more. You could take each of these 25 ideas and write an entire book on self education, simply by writing an article for each one. I would LOVE to read that.

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