This Wednesday (or today – whenever you’re reading this post) I turn 34. That’s 34 years of providing the world with epic awesomeness on a daily basis. (Only kidding on that last part. Mostly).
Typically, when it comes to birthday time, I tend to focus on what I hope to accomplish that upcoming year. You know, 34 things to do when I’m 34 – that sort of thing.
I thought this year, I would try something different – and spend this time reflecting back on 34 lessons I’ve learned during my 34 years on this planet.
So here you go – my 34 lessons in 34 years:
- Don’t torment your younger sibling(s) too much. One day they might be bigger than you.
- Forgiveness is hard. Broken relationships are even harder. Always choose to forgive.
- Dreams take work. Hard work. Do the work, or your dream will turn into regret.
- Travel as much and as often as possible. It changes your perspective on life.
- Save money each paycheck. You’ll be thankful you did when the next emergency strikes.
- Don’t be afraid to be yourself. You’re pretty awesome.
- You are called. Quit trying to convince yourself otherwise.
- God loves you more than anyone or anything else. Quit trying to seek that love in lesser places.
- Take a vacation every year, even if it’s just a weekend getaway. (I’m still working on this one)
- The hardships you go through are meant to help others.
- God is in control. You are not. Quit trying to figure everything out and just trust.
- Find something you love and do it – even if it’s just during your spare time.
- Live beneath your means.
- Invest in the next generation. They need you more than you think.
- Don’t ever give up. The answer is closer than you think.
- Journal. It gets the thoughts running around your mind out of your head.
- Sleep. If you can’t get a task done by a reasonable time, you weren’t meant to do it.
- Your grades in school aren’t as important as you think. Don’t elevate them more than they are worth.
- It’s okay and necessary to look after yourself. You can’t always take care of others.
- Learn to say NO.
- Only say Yes to those things you are willing to trade your time and energy for.
- People are more important than your dream. Don’t reverse the two. Ever.
- Go on a mission trip. Seriously. It’s Biblical. Go do it.
- Find a community where you can be open and honest. Sunday church services are rarely that place.
- All churches have their issues and their politics. Quit looking for the perfect one and start looking for the right one for you.
- Not all traditions are healthy. Redeem those that add value to your life. Lose the ones that hold you back.
- You don’t know everything. Be willing to learn from others – even if they are younger than you.
- Turn off the computer and get out in nature. It’s where you can discover the attributes of God.
- Spend time in silence. Regularly.
- Read books, especially fiction.
- Sacrifice something you want to help someone else. It’s a much better feeling anyway.
- Realize you don’t have to have it all figured out in your 20’s.
- Work towards becoming the best you.
- Watch the sunrise / sunset every chance you get.