31 years later

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I just celebrated my 31st birthday. I know I am still too young to share any real nuggets of wisdom but I do feel that I have learn some very value lessons along the way. When I look back at the last 10 years of my life I can’t believe how far I’ve come. Most people who knew me back in the day would agree that I am 100% different then I was back in the early 2000’s. Believe me when I tell you I was a real piece of work. However, I’ve grown. I’ve changed. And I feel pretty confident that overall I turned out pretty decent. I have so much more to learn and in many ways I hope to continue to grow but I thought I’d share what I’ve learned thus far. So here are my pieces of wisdom:

You are not invincible
You don’t know it all, and even if you know a lot about a lot, you still don’t know it all.
Go to school.
Be nice to your teachers, they work hard, for hardly any pay.
One day you will not be able to eat whatever you want and not gain weight.
But do eat yummy food because food is amazing. (In moderation of course)
Don’t grow up too fast, enjoy being young.
Don’t waste any time being around people who don’t bring out the best in you.
Laugh. A lot.
Don’t take yourself too serious.
Materialism and greed are ugly.
If you have more, give more
Dates are not lame. Good guys take girls on dates.
That guy you are “so in love with”, chances are high that he will not be your husband. (I know there are some exceptions to this)
Don’t cry over boys.
Marriage is a serious commitment, don’t take it lightly.
Don’t focus on your physical flaws, find the beauty in yourself.
Don’t rack up debt, your credit score matters.
Push yourself. Be brave.
Sleep in. Dear God, please sleep in because that will change when you have a family.
Don’t try to fit in. Be original.
Be nice.
Invest in friendships.
Have dance parties.
Learn to cook. Eating out does get old.
Ask for help when you need it.
Always help and serve others.
Give back. Money, time, resources, etc. Believe it or not, you have a lot more than most people.
Be good to your parents. They love you and they won’t always be here.
You will make mistakes. In fact, you will make many. But it’s okay.
Learn to pick yourself up when you fall.
Learn. Research. Study. Knowledge is powerful.
No matter how bad you mess up, there is always hope.
Clubbing is not as cool as you think. Especially if you’re a germophobe.
Don’t talk about people behind their backs, if you’ve got something to say, say it directly to them. (Be prepared though for a slap or right hook to the face)
Life does go on. You will make it through
Don’t show up to church events drunk. It’s not cool and very embarrassing.
Girls can be mean, especially in high school. Don’t get caught up in the drama.
Having kids is life changing. But say goodbye to simplicity.
It’s not all about YOU.
Stand up for what’s right.
Play more sports.
Try new things.
Take pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.
Don’t compare yourself to anyone or anything. There is no win in comparsion.
Messes are okay, don’t stress.
See the good in people.
Use sunscreen.
No matter how hungry you are, wait for food to cool down before you eat it. It will burn the roof of your mouth every time.
Don’t hold grudges.
Guard your heart.

Well there you have it. I know that some of these things may not apply to everyone but they do to me. But the most important things that I’ve learned over the last 31 years is that your creator loves you more than anything. He knew you before you were born and has a perfect plan for your life. And he doesn’t let down or disappoint. So choose to follow him. Acknowledge him in all your ways and you will live a life full of love. Because your heavenly father is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His love never fails.

-S

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