In a few short months I’ll be turning 26, so I decided to mark my quarter of a century here on Earth with some nuggets of knowledge. I am fully aware that by the time I’m 50 (or even 30), I’ll look back at this and laugh at how blissfully unaware I was, and I’m sure my 70 year old self will say I was just a naive dumbass, but nonetheless…! Below are 25 things that I’ve learned to be true in my 25 years of living:
1. Keeping a good manicure can do wonders for your self-esteem.
2. Being genuinely kind is easier said than done, but so so important. Try harder.
3. Music heals.
4. Sometimes a good joke isn’t worth someone else’s feelings, so think more Ellen, less Tosh.
5. It’s always good to have something to look forward to. Whether it’s a vacation 8 months out or a coffee date in an hour, it counts.
6. Someone is always going to be better than you at most things. Go ahead and get over it.
7. The batter is usually better than the finished product, so always leave some in the bowl for licking.
8. Sex is good for your marriage. Lots of sex is really good for your marriage.
9. Going outside your comfort zone, however far, usually ends up being a good thing and a great memory.
10. Dogs are kids too. (sorry real moms)
11. Let’s be honest, honesty is not always the best policy.
12. Family is the most important thing, really the only thing. And friends are family too.
13. Marriage may not be a job, but you definitely have to work at it.
14. Take care of your parents, they took care of you.
15. Some of the greatest conversations take place around campfires.
16. Falling in love with a fictional character is totally acceptable. Just realize how much of a wreck you'll be when they die.
17. It's okay to cry for no apparent reason. It helps me all the time.
18. Food (and alcohol) bring people together.
19. If you get angry when you don’t eat, then eat. If you get grumpy when you don’t sleep, then sleep. Your loved ones will thank you.
20. High school days are not the best days of your life. (Neither are college)
21. Don’t judge others. You’ve probably been there done that, or at least thought it. If you haven’t, then your best friend has.
22. Money can buy happiness but that shit is expensive (and short-lived) so be careful.
23. Sometimes you just need your mom.
24. Dinner always taste better if someone else cooks it. (so does breakfast, so does lunch)
25. Don't be stingy with compliments. If you like something about someone then you need to tell them. They may need to hear it.
26. Faith will get you through.
Okay, okay…yes I know I said 25!! I couldn’t narrow my list any more than I already had (originally had about 40 things- yeah I’m a fountain of endless wisdom over here). Item 26 happens to be the most important to me, and has kept me sane in moments of madness. If you take nothing else from this list, take that.