26 Lessons

On my last day of being 26, 26 things I learned while I was 26:

1.  Showers and hairstyles are optional.

2.  Heel season is November to April.  Other than that, just wear flips.

3.  Quit asking how you’ll know if someone is someone special.  When he is, you’ll know and you won’t be asking.

4.  It’s never too late to go after what you want and it’s always worth it.

5.  It’s never too late to change what you want.

6.  You and rum do not get along.

7.  You and too much sweet wine do not get along.

8.  Try new things.  You’ll like some, you’ll hate some, but just try them.

9.  Being who you are is much more fun than being who others think you are.

10.  Traveling alone is fun.  Going to the movies alone is sometimes better than going with someone else.

11.  It’s a good idea to reverse gravity every day.  Twisting wrings out your organs and releases toxins.  And yoga doesn’t make me feel like as much of a hippie as I expected it to.

12.  Do the thing you don’t want to do, then it’s over.

13.  Say hard things.  You can’t hold that stuff in. 

14.  Do everything in your power to avoid having any “what might have beens.”

15.  You can enjoy the sun without getting burnt.  Sunscreen is your friend.

16.  There are much better things to do with my time than stare at the computer, watch reruns or worry about men.

17.  Letting go of friends is scary, but easier than you’d expect.  Same with making new ones.

18.  Riding a bike is FUN and will make you feel like a kid again.

19.  Going off birth control as a 20-something isn’t weird, it’s not a bad idea at all.

20.  Do stuff you like.  If you find you stop liking it, do other stuff.

21.  Be nice to the short guys and not just because they might have tall friends.

22.  Loving your family unconditionally is the only thing you can do.  Be grateful that you were blessed with them and accept them for who they are.

23.  You are always supported.  If nothing else, the ground will hold you up.

24.  Volunteering really does more to help you than the people you are volunteering to help.

25.  Even if you scream about a work-life balance and how the job you have does not define you, having a job you like is super important.

26.  Seeking advice until you hear what you want to hear is silly.  Trust yourself with your decisions.

Note to self: Most of these things were learned this summer. Since I apparently have a short-term memory, I will start my 27 list earlier!

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