What I’ve learned in 26 short years.

I respect age because I respect time. They’re inescapable and intertwined with us from the moment we are born. You can’t have one without the other. You can’t progress in one, but regress in the other. They are one, and we define our lives by their passing. Typically I don’t feel any different on my birthday than I do on any other day of the year. It’s simply the day I was born,  I do, however, like to reflect on what I’ve learned thus far in life.

– Don’t skip on adventure. Life isn’t a spectator sport.

– Being classy never goes out of style. It doesn’t matter if it’s your dress code, your speech, your conduct, keep it classy. No one can fault you for being too classy.

– Don’t ever apologize for having good taste.

– Don’t compromise on your beliefs to court other people. It isn’t worth it. You are the one who has to sleep with your conscience at night.

– It’s not wrong to disagree with someone, but just be respectful with how you disagree. It’s healthy to have people around you who disagree with you regularly because you aren’t always right, and you need someone to tell you.

– Don’t drink cheap wine and don’t buy cheap chocolate. Life is too short. And your taste buds deserve better.

– Always be open to change. Good or bad change is going to happen in your life eventually, so be ready for it when it happens.

– Don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t. It never ends well.  Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s ok. There are enough people who will. If people don’t like the real you, they never liked you in the first place.

– Don’t sweat the little things in life. They’re little for a reason.

– Never say never for obvious reasons. With all the changes in life, your never can very well swing back around to a possibility.

– Eat better quality food for your health and for your enjoyment.

– Sometimes, life just doesn’t work out the way you think it’s suppose to, and it’s ok to be sad and/or mad about it. But then move on. You can’t hold on to the wind any more than you can change the past.

– Don’t let petty things offend you. It’s not worth it.

– And finally accept yourself but don’t neglect yourself. Accept who you are, but always strive to be a better person. We are all capable of growth in every department of our lives until the day we die. Right now, mediocrity might be ok for you, but tomorrow it doesn’t have to be.

Here’s to another year of growth.

Cheers,

RL

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