30 lessons I learned in 30 years

It’s amazing how it has taken me 30 years to learn most, if not all of these lessons. While it continues to be a struggle to implement these ideas into my everyday life, I trust that these ideologies will lead me down a positive path. Therefore, I can only imagine what the next 30 years have in store for me.

The following are my truths I hope to live by.

  1. Always choose love. Even if you give it to those who don’t want it, you will somehow get it back ten times over.
  2. You attract what you really want by saying, “no” to things. This is why it’s ok to say, “no.”
  3. Embrace who you are in front of everyone, but be wary of who you attract because of this.
  4. Not everyone who fights to be in your life is good for you.

5. Run toward the people who make you feel good. This will make is easier to leave those that don’t.

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6. There are all sorts of ways to connect with those around you.
7. Perspective and gratitude are important practices. You gain perspective and gratitude by stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting different types of people.
8. Comparing your pain to others is the same as comparing your success. Pointless. We are all here experiencing our own versions of the same wins and same losses. No one is no better or no worse.

9. Growth is painful. Fortunately, that pain is temporary.

10. Expressing your emotions and sharing your truth in how you feel is a strength; not a weakness.
11. Pay attention to how things genuinely make you feel. Mentally, emotionally, and physically.
12. Rest is important. Prioritize it or you will pay for it later.
13. Being fit is cool and all but moving your body in a way that feels good; is good for your body, mind, and soul.
14. You can’t truly love someone until you truly love yourself.

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15. Take time to understand who you are and enjoy that time.

16. People don’t change on your time.
17. All “no’s” in life lead to a greater, “yes.” The trick is maintaining patience in order to find out exactly what that “yes” looks like.
18. Losing your patience and wanting to control a situation are one and the same.

19. The only things you can control in life are the choices you make daily, and how you react to the choices others make.
20. Don’t lose how you feel while trying to understand how someone else feels. 
21. You don’t need to spend money to show people you care about them. Especially if you don’t have it.

22. At the same time, if you can make time to see those you love, it is always time well spent.

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23. Continue to also make time to pursue the things that bring you joy, even if they don’t bring you a paycheck or cost you money.
24. If you have only 24 hours to do something you really want to do, those short hours will be worth it in the long run.
25. Get rid of everything that no longer serves you. Photos, journals, clothes, gifts, everything. That energy stays with you without you even realizing it.
26. You can’t save everyone, and not just because you only have two hands, but because some people don’t want to be saved.
27. Even if you have a “good point,” you don’t always need to say it. Sometimes it’s best to stay out of things, stay quiet, listen, and observe.

28. Oftentimes people are a mirror for you, if you look closer.
29. Don’t hold yourself back from doing something you want to do, in order to make others feel comfortable.

30. Life is never boring. And certainly not your life.

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Can’t believe I’m going to 30 in 2020!

Let me know which lesson resonated with you the most in the comments!

7 thoughts on “30 lessons I learned in 30 years

  1. I like #1,5,7,17 But they are all very insightful and make you take stock of how your life is going. Good job Meg. ❤

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    1. Thanks mom! I feel like I’m on the right track !

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  2. Even if you have a “good point,” you don’t always need to say it. Sometimes it’s best to stay out of things, stay quiet, listen, and observe.

    This also adds value to what you day when you do choose to speak. Observing and staying quiet while listening has changed me in many ways both in my personal life and at work.

    Love all of what you wrote. One I NEED to be better at is #25. It’s a really hard one for me. I’m too sentimental sometimes. It’s my goal by the end of the year to purge my wardrobe and keepsakes. What I’ll never get rid of though: postcards from my sweet friend 😘

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    1. Yes, it’s so nice to apply that tactic in other spaces, besides your personal or romantic relationships.

      It’s tough to let go, but is also liberating at the same time. The memories are within us, whether we have a tangible item as proof of it occurring or not.

      So sweet of you to value the postcards! I love having you as my pen pal.

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  3. “ You can’t save everyone, and not just because you only have two hands, but because some people don’t want to be saved.”

    You can’t make their problems yours either!!

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    1. So true! That would’ve been my continuation of that sentence haha.

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  4. After reading your 30, I’m 16 – 25, that’s like 2 chapters of my life

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