Happy birthday to me!
Twenty-three. In a lot of ways, it seems lame—what really happens at 23 anyway? And yet, in a lot of ways it seems like a milestone. I really think this is going to be a big year. A learning, growing, laughing, crying, loving and hating it all at once type of year.
To commemorate this momentous (to me) day, I thought about some of the wisdom I’ve gathered over the years.
Maybe “wisdom” is a bit ambitious. But here goes.
- Family and friends are more valuable than any possession.
- Bubblewrap is entertaining at any age. You can’t buy happiness but, dang, does bubblewrap ever come close.
- Sometimes, you just need to wait—for the elevator, for your friend to meet you, in the checkout line, wherever—and you don’t need to be doing something on your phone to kill time. Two minutes actually isn’t that long, and it pays to occasionally look up and out at the world rather than down and into a screen.
- Books are the best.
- Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is to let them cry or rant or scream and just listen silently.
- Things always taste better at Grandma’s house.
- Baby powder is the antidote to “I don’t wanna wash my hair” days.
- Travel is the best thing to spend money on.
- Good writing is a valuable skill, and less common in the working world than I would have imagined it to be.
- Imagination is everything.
- Ice cream and wine is a perfectly acceptable dinner when you’re an adult. Coincidentally, those two things help solve a lot of problems.
- Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.
- Go with your first pick on multiple choice questions. Don’t second guess yourself. (Don’t know how many times my mom told me this before a test day.) Trust your gut. It knows.
- Generalizations are unfair.
- Sleep makes everything better. But you also need to experience sleep-deprivation giggles every once in a while.
- Old-fashioned oatmeal > instant
- Sometimes the wisest decision you make in a day, or a week, or a month even, is to unfollow someone’s posts on Facebook.
- Truth is a slippery, fascinating thing (and makes for some really great English class discussions).
- Anything that is taken for granted deserves some examination now and again.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Fake it till you make it.
- The world can always use a little more love.
- “I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” (Stealing that gem from Maya Angelou.)
One of my dearest hopes in life is that I can learn something every day. Got any lessons for me, friends? You think on that, okay? Take your time though—I’m going to go find me some cake.