Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Life Lessons at 32

Today is not just any June Wednesday hot enough to melt thighs on leather seats. It's my birthday!

*cue falling confetti and balloons*

I have been part of my parents' lives for 32 years as of noon today. While doing in-depth research for this post, I found some startling facts. Exactly half my life ago, I drove my sweet, blue Mustang around as a 16-year-old, free to travel where I pleased and play Backstreet Boys CDs as loud as I wanted. I turned 16 just months after Y2K threatened to wipe us all out. This means I have spent an equal amount of time in two different centuries and I still haven't been given the opportunity to time travel. Clock's ticking, McFly.

Today I am here to broadcast the knowledge I have picked up over the years. In the spirit of a theme, I split this list down the middle. The first group are lessons I learned back in the 1900s and the second half I learned after pulling onto the highway for the first time. Let's go!

  1. It's okay to be a band nerd.
  2. Stirrup pants are rarely a good idea.
  3. You're never too old to play.
  4. Stick with the first people who talk to you at a new school.
  5. It's okay to be proud of yourself.
  6. Forgive your imperfections and let them shape you.
  7. Brothers are the best options for thunderstorm sleepovers.
  8. Good friends hear, but the best friends listen.
  9. The most productive talks happen on the trampoline.
  10. Have friends who expect you to come over unannounced.
  11. Books are better read on the porch.
  12. Boys are rarely as important as friends, but when they are, they count as friends.
  13. The notes you pass in seventh-grade math will mean more than you can imagine.
  14. The best summer days involve your little brother, a homemade game of Wild & Crazy Kids, and chlorinated hair.
  15. Don't be afraid to stand out, even if that means dressing up as a kangaroo for an Australia report.
  16. Write as often as you can, even if no one will ever read it.

  17. Always stop at stop signs.
  18. Sometimes it's worth talking until 6:00 AM when you have an 8:00 AM class.
  19. Babies stop crying.
  20. Memories get better with each retelling.
  21. Grief never goes away, but love slowly slips back in.
  22. Patience is a virtue, but so is wine.
  23. Look closely at your kids every day or you'll miss something.
  24. Childbirth has a way of turning a woman into a superhero.
  25. Parenting is not as easy as it looks on TV.
  26. Everybody doesn't have to like you, but you ought to like yourself.
  27. Poop jokes will always be funny.
  28. Moms do not have all the answers, and "Ask Dad" will only go so far.
  29. They say age brings wisdom, but I think it just comes with more grace for mistakes.
  30. You only have this one body, take care of it.
  31. Your mom is probably right.
  32. Different isn't wrong, faith isn't blind, and love is every answer.

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Dorothy Johnson said...

Loved your lists. Seems you've accumulated a lot of wisdom in your 32 years. You have so much life to look forward to. I hope every year gets sweeter and more grace filled.

Emily said...

These are some great life lessons. Imagine what you'll learn in the next 32!