Today is my 27th birthday. Whoa. I’m now officially in my late 20s and I think that I’m excited about it? Time is just going so fast and I know that it will only seem to go faster the older I get. There are a lot of things that I like about getting older, some things that I’m not so wild about, but for the most part I think that 27 will be pretty great.
As I think back on my 27 years, I realize that I have learned a lot, and I wanted to share some of my wisdom and life lessons with you. Some are silly, some are serious, but all are true, at least for me.
1. Birthday cake is a perfectly acceptable thing for breakfast. In fact, I highly recommend it.
2. Be responsible with your money now, and your future self will thank you for it. It is fun to travel and occasionally splurge on something fun, but there is something very satisfying about watching your savings account grow and knowing you’ll be ok financially if something unexpected happens.
3. Free stuff is the best. Especially free stuff for your birthday. If you’re not signing up for free birthday things through your e-mail, you’re seriously missing out.
4. Take lots of pictures! Capture all the moments! And not just on your phone.
5. The right thing/person/job/whatever at the wrong time is still the wrong thing. Be sad for 5 full minutes, and then let it go. God has better plans for you than you could ever come up with yourself, so just wait for the good things that will come your way.
6. But on that note, don’t just sit and wait for stuff to happen to you. Grow your skills, work towards your goals, try every day to improve yourself. Take the leap. Better to have tried and failed than to spend your life thinking ‘what if?’
7. Trust your gut. Your instincts have a weird way about being right, so just go with it.
8. Make sure you try and keep your inner child alive and well. Spend an evening coloring with your friends. Watch cartoons. Fly a kite. Skip down the sidewalk.
9. It’s ok to ask for help if you need it. That isn’t a sign of weakness, it shows that you know your limits.
10. Make the time to read books. They will open your mind, teach you new and interesting things, give you an insight into someone else’s life, bring you through every emotion possible, give you a little ‘you’ time, and they’re just plain fun.
11. Sprinkles make everything better. It’s like edible confetti. Eat as many sprinkles as you possibly can.
12. Don’t skip out on your quiet time with the Lord. The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake to be brought out just on special occasions.
13. The phrase ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ could not be more true. It’s hard, but try not to compare yourself to others. No good is going to come from that.
14. You’re never too old to sing along with Disney songs at the top of your lungs while in your car.
15. Always send a thank you note. Especially after a job interview.
16. Give compliments. Make them genuine. Do it often.
17. Don’t feel pressure to like stuff just because everyone else does. Not worth it. Some popular things I don’t care for: watching the Superbowl, any and all Katy Perry songs, St. Patrick’s Day, the movie Titanic (yeah, I said it…), blueberries, the ‘boho look’, and about a thousand other things.
18. Don’t feel weird if you like stuff that most other people don’t. Not worth it. Some not-as-popular things that I really enjoy: root beer/watermelon flavored snow cones, staying in on a Friday night to crochet, small obscure bands that you will probably never hear of that are the exact opposite of Katy Perry, the show Faulty Towers, gifs of Kermit the frog riding a bicycle, and about a thousand other things.
19. Enjoy hanging out with your parents as an adult. As much as I felt like living with my parents for 6 months last year was a step backwards… I really loved getting to hang out with my mom and dad all the time and getting to know them better. Also the free rent was pretty rad. Thanks again, M&D.
20. Try and read the book before you see the movie. It’s always better that way (and then you know when the scary parts are coming and the sad parts and maybe you’ll cry a little less in the movie theater. Probably not, but maybe.)
21. Try not to go in public with chipped nail polish. Just avoid that.
22. Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea. The more bacon the better.
23. Don’t feel bad if a librarian gives you a judgy look for checking out a book from the children’s section. You read what you want to read. (Yes that happened when I was trying to check out Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Rude.)
24. Get to know your coworkers. You see them every day. You probably interact with them every day. Try to ask them about more than the weather and if they’ve had enough coffee yet that morning. It will make you enjoy your work more and you might even make a new friend in the process.
25. Some days, you just need to stay in your pajamas all day. I think it can be very good for the soul. Chips and salsa should also probably be involved at some point during that day if you really want to do it right.
26. It is totally acceptable to sit down for the entirety of a concert. I’m glad that I’m finally at the age where I can not feel bad about doing that. I’ll dance in my seat, thank you very much.
27. Don’t take ‘your people’ for granted. I am truly blessed with such an amazing, supportive family and wonderful, caring friends. Time and time again the people I love most have proven just how much they love and care for me in simple, surprising, and incredible ways and I am going to try my best to return the favor during this year (and beyond!)