Another year has gone. Another year older. I honestly feel healthier and happier than ever. I’m not the most sentimental of people, but I felt I should take some time to reflect just for a brief moment.
Ten things I learned at age 38…
1. Life’s not perfect.
It isn’t meant to be. And that’s ok. How do we know how to be happy if we’ve never been sad? How do we get better if we never experience failure?
Life is beautiful – maybe more so – when it’s not perfect.
2. You don’t have to like everyone.
And everyone doesn’t have to like you.
If you have nothing to offer someone, it doesn’t make you less. You simply don’t jive. And it’s ok not to jive with other people.
3. Save money harder.
You can have a very cushioned life, but all it takes is one new roof to make you have to pinch some pennies…..
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4. People will let you down.
This is not a reflection on you. Or even them. Humans are just human.
I was terribly hurt by someone I considered my best friend this year. It’s a scar on my heart that might not ever heal. Now that some time has passed, I’m able to forgive even if I can’t forget.
5. The flu sucks.
I had not been a victim of the flu since age 18. I even got a flu shot, and still had the flu. I got the flu the very first week of the new year…
6. You are more than your job.
I’m not saying not to work hard and excel at your job. You should.
However, you need to know where your job ends and your life outside of work begins. Don’t carry your work baggage home to your family. Leave that at the door when you leave your office. Don’t ever forget you are replaceable. That’s not to terrify you, but to remind you that your job doesn’t need your heart and soul 24/7. Take the time you earned off.
7. There is always something new to learn.
If you ever feel like life is stagnant, you’ve quit learning. Find something you are interested in, or always wanted to do – and go for it and mix it up.
8. The year flies by so don’t take anything or anyone for granted.
Quit wishing for tomorrow and live for today.
This includes not taking yourself for granted. Treat yourself with kindness. You are important.
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9. I’ve started learning to hate the wind.
Kentucky has been labeled the new tornado alley, and for good reason. We have had some wicked storms. After we lost a window due to some strong straight-line winds, I lie there and kind of expect the worst every time it storms.
10. I miss overseas traveling.
We are focused on getting overseas next year. Which leads back to number 3…….
I’m not sure what 39 will hold. I’ll just take it day by day and try to remember what’s important… I plan to live my best year yet.