I am celebrating my 42nd birthday today, and like many others I know, I don’t feel my age. Despite feeling much younger, the fact remains that I have lived on this planet for 42 years and have seen and experienced a lot. Although I don’t consider myself an expert in life, I have picked up some truths during my time here. So, on this special day, I’d like to share with you a few bits of knowledge that I have acquired throughout my life.
Holding a grudge is a foolish practice. I grew up in a family that was notorious for holding grudges as a means of punishment, but I eventually learned that holding a grudge is like holding a hot coal in the palm of your hand and expecting to burn someone else.
Politics, religion, and family are subjects that make people blind, and no matter how compelling your argument may be, you will never win a fight about them. It is better to let it go, move on, and allow others to live in their own beliefs.
The family you choose is more important than the family you were born into. Additionally, you should never make fun of someone if they haven’t seen/heard/watched something. Furthermore, you shouldn’t feel guilty about things that bring you joy, even if they may be perceived as “geeky” or “uncool” by others. If your friends make fun of you for something you enjoy, they are not your real friends.
You should not trust tradition or the status quo blindly. It’s often not the right path to follow. Instead, choose your own path, even if it’s unconventional.
It’s crucial to go to therapy.
Honesty is always the best policy. Too many lies are told out of fear, and if you can’t trust the people around you with the truth, then they shouldn’t be in your life.
Most people should not get married before the age of 30. Furthermore, you don’t need a fancy wedding day to signify your love for someone; it’s the relationship that matters, not the wedding.
Taking lots of pictures and videos is essential to preserve memories. Similarly, telling the people in your life that you love them often is crucial.
Many of the “great” things in this world are overrated. Instead, define your own “great.”
Writing letters and thank you notes to people can make their day.
Imposter syndrome, anxiety, and depression can’t speak the truth; they only speak fear.
It’s okay to have a messy house; who cares if someone sees it or judges you for it? If someone judges you for having a messy house, they don’t need to be in your life.
Don’t live your life for other people. Instead, buy what brings you joy, dress in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable, and live your life for you.
Nobody cares about the things you’re bragging about; they may even resent you for it. It’s better to keep your wins and losses private because you don’t know how others will react.
Never stop learning.
It’s essential to learn to be comfortable with being bad at something new. Many of us were raised with the idea that we must be good at everything we do, but it’s okay to be bad at something when we’re learning.
Make sleep a priority. It’s important for your physical and mental health.
Staying hydrated is crucial. Drinking enough water can do wonders for your body.
Always return your shopping cart. There’s simply no excuse for leaving it in the parking lot. It’s a small act of kindness that can make a big difference.
Don’t fall for the allure of fame. It’s often an illusion and doesn’t bring true happiness.
Give yourself credit for what you’ve accomplished in life. Celebrate the victories and challenges you’ve overcome.
Music is a gift that can inspire and heal. Take time to appreciate its beauty and power.
Mental health issues like ADHD, depression, and anxiety are real and should be openly discussed and supported.
It’s okay to have a collection of unread books. The joy of collecting and owning books is often enough.
Trying to please everyone is impossible. Focus on being true to yourself and your values.
Many companies and corporations exploit their customers. Be aware of their practices and hold them accountable.
Don’t expect your job to care about you as a person. In many cases, you’re replaceable. Companies that claim to be like family should be approached with caution.
Be wary of the police and always have a lawyer present when speaking with them. Protect your rights and interests.
The world is imperfect and unfair. Learning to forgive and finding inner peace can help navigate life’s challenges.
Learn to distinguish between intuition and fear. Trusting your instincts can be a powerful tool.
Sex is often portrayed as more important than it really is. It’s not the only or most significant aspect of relationships.
Women should have autonomy over their own bodies and choices. Society should respect and support them.
LGBTQ+ people deserve the same rights and opportunities as anyone else. Discrimination has no place in our society.
Coke is superior to Pepsi. It’s a matter of personal taste, but let’s be honest – Coke is the real deal.
Chips and salsa is the ultimate comfort food. It’s hard to resist the satisfying crunch and tangy flavor.
Remember that you matter. Your existence and contributions have value and significance.
Age is a privilege that not everyone gets to experience. Embrace the wisdom and opportunities that come with it.