My brother Mark recently wrote a blog post titled 40 Thoughts After a 40 Year Journey. He reflects on what he has learned in his past four decades of life. Highest of highs, lowest of lows, and all the good stuff in between. It was thought provoking, insightful, and it inspired me to think about my own life lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’m coming up on my 28th birthday next month and as I reflect on my (almost) 28 years of life I’ve been blessed with, here is my own list as a follow up to his.
28 Thoughts After a (Almost) 28 Year Journey.
- Happiness is a choice. Make the right one.
- Your timing isn’t God’s timing. Guess whose is better.
- You are more than just a mother. You’re allowed (and should) take trips without your children. Extended date nights with your spouse or a girls weekend away, don’t let mom guilt keep you from living out the other roles in your life. Wife, friend, sister, daughter, aunt. Don’t neglect those titles.
- Don’t worry about what people think about you, your life, your blog, your house, your job, your anything. You’d be surprised how little they do.
- Your faith is the most important thing in your life. Go to church. Pray. Keep God close.
- The relationships in your life are the second most important. Invest time in them.
- You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take good care of yourself. Whatever that means to you.
- Communication is the key to a healthy marriage.
- Nothing will last forever. If you’re in a tough season of life, remember that. It’s just a season.
- Never underestimate the power of a cold beer with your best friend.
- In the words of The Rolling Stones, you can’t always get what you want.
- Let. Go. Of. Grudges. “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”
- Be a nice human being. Period.
- God chose you to be your child’s mother. Remember that on the extra hard days.
- Who you were in high school isn’t who you will be in college. Who you were in college isn’t who you will be as a mother and a wife. Embrace each stage of life you are in. They are fleeting.
- “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.” – Abigail Van Buren
- Your commute to work, your mundane Tuesday, your first sip of coffee in the morning, these moments are your life. Your life is made up of a million tiny moments. Learn to find joy in them.
- Don’t compare your life to those you see on social media. You only see what they choose to show you.
- Put your phone down.
- Say thank you more. Especially to your mom.
- Travel more.
- Stepping out of your comfort zone will only lead to good things.
- You’ll never regret attending a funeral. You will regret the one you didn’t go to. Just go.
- Personal and thoughtful gifts mean more than something expensive. Save yourself the money.
- Get in the habit of reading a daily devotional and starting your day with Jesus. You’ll thank yourself later.
- Clean your house before you leave for vacation. There is nothing better than coming home to a clean house and nothing worse than coming home to a messy one.
- Be genuinely happy for other people’s happiness. Someones else’s success has no determination on yours.
(Almost 28). Since I’m not quite 28 yet, I’ll share a lesson my husband has learned. While pumping gas, always check that you’ve removed the hose from your car before driving away.