Today, yours truly hits the quarter-of-a-century-old mark. As I’m celebrating turning 25 in San Francisco, I wanted to share my reflections on what the past 24 years of my life have taught me—lessons I’ve learned, and am sometimes revisiting and reminding myself of.
- You are responsible for your own happiness. Fight for it.
- Never take the good people in your life or your blessings for granted. Thank God for them before you fall asleep each night.
- If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
- Taking well-calculated risks now and then is healthy and makes you feel alive.
- Learning a second language lets you connect with just that many more people in the world. Do it.
- Our grandparents are our sources into the past. Cherish them and all elderly as they’ve made it farther into this journey than any of us have.
- Find what you’re passionate about and dedicate time to it daily.
- Be the type of friend, partner, co-worker, sibling, etc. you want to have.
- The grass may always be greener on the other side, but on your side you can always plant flowers.
- Travel is the quickest way to give yourself a new perspective, and make you realize that your first-world problems, aren’t really problems at all.
- Handwritten thank-you notes and love notes will never go out of style.
- Be a renaissance man or woman. Know how to change a tire AND make a killer meal. (Hmm, might need a refresher course on that tire-changing thing, Dad!)
- Respect the teachers in your life and their work. It’s one of life’s most under-appreciated professions and it’s 10X more difficult than what it appears.
- If you don’t believe you can do it, you won’t. If you believe you can, you will. Simple. (Unless you’re believing you’ll sprout wings and fly…then I can’t help you.)
- Dream, often. Make goals, but make them realistic too.
- Keep your mind open to new ideas, people, places and experiences.
- Even if you’re no longer a student, always continue learning. Teach yourself useful skills, read a lot, and find a mentor whom you can ask advice from. Furthering your education doesn’t have to mean dropping thousands on higher education.
- Make the best of what you have, and never settle for less than you deserve.
- Forgiveness is sometimes difficult, but always liberating.
- Be nice to waiters, to the store clerk, and to all people in service positions. A smile and a thank you can go a long way to help them through their day. (Says the ex-grocery store bagger, hostess AND waitress!)
- Find the beauty in simplicity. Appreciate the little moments.
- The only whine worth your time doesn’t have an h.
- Turn your wounds into wisdom.-Oprah (Couldn’t have said it better than this woman!)
- Excuses only keep you further from achieving your goals.
As I’m off in the States traveling for a few weeks, catching up with friends and family, I hope you’ll check out the guest posts I have lined up from a few fabulous bloggers! Check back often for new posts