Today marks my 29th birthday (my first one, next year will be my second 29th birthday)… in honor of that, I am switching things up a bit (no Faces of Fitness today, but you can catch up on all the features here!).
Last year, I shared all the things that I learned so far in life. Really important stuff. Like how you should never pay full price for anything at Victoria’s Secret because it will be on sale at some point.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share all the wisdom and life lessons that I’ve gained in the past 29 years… 🙂
All boiled down to seven bullet points:
1. Go with your gut. Don’t let your brain get in the way of making decisions and instead go with your gut. Intuition can be pretty strong and can help you make some good decisions. When you are wavering between two or three things, let your gut tell you whats wrong. And when your gut is screaming at you that you need to avoid a situation (like a shitty job), listen to it! You will be so thankful that you did…
2. Spend time laughing everyday. Laughter is truly the medicine of life, it can make a bad day go away in an instant. Spend every single day laughing. Either hang out with those that make you laugh or watch a sitcom that makes you chuckle.
On top of that, learn how to laugh at yourself. We tend to be so hard on ourselves and criticize ourselves for every little thing that we do wrong. Instead of being such a bully, learn how to laugh at yourself and move on.
(One of my favorite laugh-at-me moments: This one time, I was making a drink with the SodaStream and didn’t screw the bottle into the device all the way. So when I pulled down the lever to add carbonation, water shot out EVERYWHERE. All over my face, my clothes, my hair, maybe even on the ceiling. I instantly burst out laughing… because seriously, who wouldn’t?! It was like a scene out of modern-day Three Stooges.)
3. Worrying seriously does nothing. This is still a work in progress, but worrying about how things will turn out does not do a thing except make you feel worse about the situation and most likely, lose some sleep.
With this in mind, it makes it much easier not to worry. But this is something I have been practicing for years.
4. Have no regrets. I feel like I can truly say that I have no regrets in life because even the situations that I hated, I gained something from experiencing them.
Living in Florida was really really REALLY hard for me… it was just not my scene. But, it was a learning experience. I learned a lot about what I don’t want in life. It was what brought us up to NYC and now took us to Austin, Texas.
You can’t change the past, but what you can do is look at the experiences you’ve had and take them for what they are worth.
5. There will be days. There will be days that are hard. Maybe it’s because of a situation in your life, or maybe because you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
Facing adversity — no matter how minor it may be — is what makes us stronger and helps us build character. When the going gets tough, don’t quit. Push through it. See what’s on the other side and in the process, you’ll be able to learn a lot about yourself and be better for it.
6. Not everyone is going to like you. So many people try to please people all their lives so that everyone will like them. You know what? Sometimes people just don’t like you. There are probably people you don’t like. You may or may not be able to say why this is. But, it’s OK and that doesn’t mean that you have to be rude about it. Knowing this has helped saved a lot of time, tears and frustration. Instead of focusing your time on trying to be friends with these people, focus on the great friendships you have.
7. Live life.
Plain and simple. You only get one shot at this crazy ride and if you spend it constantly comparing yourself to everybody else or worrying that you have an extra two pounds of fat on your stomach, you aren’t going to enjoy it. So, embrace it. Disconnect your phone and spend the day with someone you love, do something crazy (like go to a gun range to celebrate your birthday… yep, that’s happening), finally try that food/hobby/vacation/whatever you wanted to do, call that friend that you’ve been avoiding and do the things that you love.
How do you feel about getting older? Does it bother you or do you just go with it?
What was the best birthday you ever had?
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