Alright. I didn’t want to do the typical birthday post but then I decided that I had to and hey, worst case scenario is that it would suck.
Okay so I’m 35. 35. 35. 35. I thought turning 30 was a big deal but 35? This is when a mid-life crisis happens. I started researching what famous person accomplished what remarkable thing at 35 then stopped and remembered this quote, “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
Except when my dad recites the quote he leaves out a few things and it comes out sounding like this, “You have the same number of days a week as Albert Einstein.” The End. Simple as that.
My husband apparently gets my birthday right every 5 years because 25 was great (rooftop bash in NYC). 30 was better (skydiving) and 35, the best so far, a weekend getaway. Everything in between was a blur of brunches I didn’t want to be at, nights I was exhausted from after, and “surprise” events he was so stressed about organizing that I had to overreact my thrill at it all.
So here are a few of the things I’ve learned and come to terms with.
- Mini milestones should be celebrated.
- Nothing is worth it. Nothing. Nope, not even that.
- Don’t dramatize.
- Just about everything can be undone.
- Just jump.
- You’ll regret NOT jumping more than jumping.
- The beach can fix just about anything. Even lifeless hair (which mine never is. Ugh. Hello, frizz).
- When in doubt don’t have the third cup of coffee. Ever.
- Under eye cream should be your new best friend at 25.
- Always hang out with people who are just as tired as you.
- Eeyores can never be Tiggers and Tiggers can never be Eeyores.
- Ugly cries are called ugly cries for a reason. Cover your mouth when you do it.
- Be the change you want to see in the world and when you can’t, roll your eyes and try again.
- Don’t stress it’s not worth it.
- Don’t stress it’s not worth it.
- Don’t stress… okay I think you got it, right?
- In the midst of an argument? Wash your hands. Water heals.
- Love your MIL more than you think possible. She will love you for it.
- Get people gifts you think they’ll love, not gifts you think you’d love.
- Remember that people criticize in others what they fear they are guilty of themselves.
- Prioritize your circle. Your kids, your puzzle pieces.
- Read what you like not what you feel like you have to like.
- Cute workout clothes are a must. It will get your ass in the gym.
- Messy braids are always in style no matter what the fashionistas say.
- Eating 3 bags of Skittles is only bad if you don’t brush your teeth.
- Drinks should not be mixed.
- There is no shame in lying flat on your back to try and zip up your jeans. Pre pregnancy or not.
- Don’t underestimate the power of Vicks Vapor Rub… or positive thinking.
- Eating edaname and popcorn are great stress relievers.
- Spend 10 minutes outside for every 5 spent indoors staring at a computer.
- Write about where you travel, what you ate, and who you met.
- Admit to hating tea.
- Learn that not everyone thinks the skill of touching your tongue to your nose is incredible.
- Everything breaks and grows.
- Laugh at the absurdity of where you thought you’d be at 35.
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