16 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years

Hello, all you beautiful beings!

I know it’s been a while, and I had considered parlaying this list into a video. However, since I’d already typed it out and I’ve been kind of neglecting my blog here, I figured posting it here is a great plan.

Today is my 30th birthday. I’ve had a few obligatory existential crises within the past week (more about money than about my aging), but I do think that as I reach certain milestones in my life, it’s important to reflect and take stock of all the good things in my life as well as the…let’s call them “things I’d like to improve.”

I’ve compiled a list of 16 important life lessons I’ve learned within the last 30 years. It’s a bit of an odd number, I know, but hey, it’s my list, and what we learn in life varies. So without further delay, let’s get started:

16 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years

  1. Right and wrong do exist…but they aren’t black and white. There are times when violence is justified, sometimes obeying your elders and doing the right thing are at odds, and sometimes little white lies aren’t really wrong.
  2. Even if there are a lot of assholes in the world, there are still plenty of good people, and they’re well worth the wait.
  3. Parents are human. So are other people who, as children, we expect to know everything and have all the answers. And being human, they don’t always have all the answers, and that’s okay.
  4. School DOES suck. But education is priceless.
  5. “Selling out,” to some degree, is part of growing up. Yes, being an adult means doing some things your younger self would hate you for (my younger self would hate me for voting, for instance), but it’s something we all do.
  6. I don’t know everything, and that’s okay.
  7. Hero worship is a waste of energy. We all have to work to become the hero of our own stories.
  8. Sometimes being good and doing the right thing sucks. Do it anyway.
  9. It’s okay not to be the best, and this principle applies to everything.
  10. Going to bed early is vastly underrated.
  11. Life is short; don’t be afraid to enjoy it. Eat some junk food. Make some friends. Sing and dance, even if you’re bad at both (I sure am).
  12. Loving people and animals can hurt, because it does mean one day you’ll grieve for them, but love is still worth it.
  13. It’s possible to have morals and be a decent person without believing in an omnipresent deity or practicing a religion.
  14. Not everyone who claims they have good intentions actually does.
  15. Trust your own judgment, but also be open the idea that you could be wrong.
  16. Pizza really does improve all situations.


Thank you for reading, and as always, peace, love, and stay hydrated!

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