28 Years Old, 28 Lessons I’ve Learned

Today is my birthday and I have turned 28.  Instead of freaking out that I am the oldest I have ever been, I’m going to recap on some of the life lessons I have learnt so far. This list is in no way definitive or complete, but just what came to mind.v I will also say that some of the things that made the list are not new, but I have attained a far greater understanding of them.

  1. You need 8 hours of sleep every night.  I struggle to survive off less than 7 hours, but 8…. Feels Great!
  2. The grass is not always greener, on the other-side….  Often it is the same grass.
  3. There is no such thing as failure.  When things don’t work as plan, obtain feedback and try another approach.
  4. You don’t always have to do the talking.  We have two ears and one mouth, we are actually encouraged to listen more by our bodies.
  5. What you put in is what you will get out.  Make the most of an opportunity because you don’t know where it will lead.
  6. If you don’t know it, you can always Google it.  I love Google!
  7. Any situation in life can be found in a Seinfeld or The Simpsons episode.  You can reference these programs in everyday life.
  8. Always have something to write your thoughts.  Notebook, smart phone, laptop. Your ideas are valuable!
  9. Friendships will come and go.  Be comfortable with saying goodbye if they are no longer helping you grow and move forward.
  10. If you are not growing, you are dying.  If you aren’t growing in some form than look for new challenges to acheive.
  11. Back yourself in every situation.  When you have confidence in your abilities, you will be surprised what you can achieve.
  12. Books are not just for school.  Learn to enjoy reading and make it a daily habit.
  13. Food choices are the keys to your weight.  The healthier the food you fuel your body with, the more weight you will loose.
  14. You can survive without a licence.  In 28 years I have never thought once “I wish I had a car”. Owning a car is not as important as some people make it out to be.
  15. You don’t have to spend your entire pay check.  Learn to put money away for a rainy day and strive not to live one pay-check at a time.
  16. You don’t need to know everything.  Learn to immerse yourself into one subject, instead of dabbling. Be a master of a skill, instead of a jack of all trades.
  17. Exercise daily.  Your body will love you for it! 
  18. We all have 24hrs in a day.  We all have the same amount of time, lack of time should never be an excuse. Many before you have accomplished great things with the same amount of time.
  19. It’s exciting traveling on your own.  Something I thought that would be scary and lonely is actually a hell of a lot of fun. You are forced out of your comfort zone and meet new people.
  20. Don’t be afraid to pay extra for quality food.  The extra money you spend now will save you double compared to the health costs down the track. Never substitute quality for price.
  21. The past does not equal the future.  If something didn’t work for you in the past, don’t be afraid to try again. Things have changed!
  22. Don’t do what poor people do.  Successful people do what other people don’t do.  If you want to be successful you need to start a new series of patterns.
  23. People always act with the best intentions.  It may not seem like it at times, however; we are all aiming for the best outcome. Try to understand people’s motives and “walk in their shoes”.
  24. Mondays are awesome.  You might have Monday-itus now, but you will want to make the most of every day.
  25. Everybody can teach you something.  We are all experts in one area of our lives so be open to learning from others.
  26. Adults can learn from children.  Why do we hide the fantastic characteristics of being child? Have fun, be curious and get up when you fall down.
  27. You will miss out unless you ask.  Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Nobody knows what you want unless you tell people.
  28. Grief comes in many different forms.  The grief of loosing a loved one to death, is a very different feeling to the grief felt when loosing someone you love when breaking up.  You will move on from both, in very different ways.