It’s always a reflective time to see where I’ve been and where I am headed. These are 29 things I now know to be true:
1. Friendships aren’t built in a day. True friendships won’t break in a day either.
2. There will always be people that have more and have less. You must find out for yourself what you are comfortable with having in your life. And your own definition of “having.”
3. Saying ‘I was wrong’ and ‘I will try better next time’ is a good way to be honest with people and keep yourself honest, too.
4. I still do not fully comprehend the sustainability of happiness or contentment. Maybe that will come. Maybe I will come to accept a level I embrace. Or settle on the statement that life ebbs and flows.
5. Few people get you completely. That’s OK.
6. Routine is important for your health. So is sleep.
7. Your body responds to whatever you put into it.
8. Everyone has issues. Tell them yours. Most people listen and will respect you for it. As far as the others, F***k them for not being there yet. And when they are, if ever, listen to them.
9. If your job is important to you, you need to love it and give it what you’ve got. If it is your hobby, your kids, your mom, same deal. You just need to prioritize. Calendars help a lot.
10. People having babies and getting married can’t convert you with pressure. Lifestyle is a choice. Not a religion. (Even though I do love me some babies in due time)
11. As an adult, you have to manage your family. Remember, you did not pick them.
12. The world is so much bigger than your bulls**t problems. See your insignificance and respect it.
13. Life is long. Or short. We don’t know.
14. Adults need to do things that children do. Play. Compete. Do arts & crafts. Tease other adults.
15. When you floss your teeth, you are supposed to go right to left to right on each individual tooth. And brush your gums, too.
16. Keep faith in something. It signals hope.
17. Everything in moderation. Even cupcakes.
18. Ambition should be celebrated unless it controls you.
19. Breathe deeply.
20. Your time is precious. Don’t waste the time of others.
21. There is no excuse for not keeping in touch. We have too many social media platforms and devices for that not to be a moot point. I encourage folks to roll their eyes at people who still use this excuse or send them a photo via text of you rolling your eyes.
22. I don’t foresee us caring about Daylight Saving Time as much in the near future and remembering clocks, since your smartphone remembers. More things will become smart.
23. No one really knows where journalism is headed in the next five years. We do know we need better business models. And it is an exciting time for the industry. We get to create the next five years.
24. No one can truly make you feel inadequate or underprepared or overdressed or overwhelmed except you. That’s your voice telling you that and your duty to stop it.
25. Mentor/mentee relationships are organic. Don’t force them. It gets awkward.
26. I officially think the term networking is silly. Just talk to people. You’ll always learn something new. Networking is so forced.
27. Covet the people, places and things most important to you. Spend little time with the respective areas that are not. See number 13.
28. Try new foods. Even if you can’t pronounce them. And then check the dictionary punctuation sound file so you can.
29. Set attainable goals and exceed your own expectations. Then, set new ones.
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