30 Things I learned Before 30.

In six days, I’ll be thirty.

Generally, when I ask people about turning thirty, they have some sort of PTSD or horror story associated with it.

“When I turned thirty, my body fell apart.”

“I cried all night.”

“Thirty was really hard for me.”

True stories.

Me? I’m pretty excited about turning thirty. I think about my twenties and I realize I’m done with them. That’s just not where I am anymore. I lived my twenties, and I mean lived. No regrets. Best times of my life. Adventure. Knowledge. Heartbreak. Danger. Growth. Marriage. Its everything you could want for the decade everyone’s reminiscent about.

I’m ready to reminiscence. I’m ready for my thirties, and for the next phase with my husband, and the empire we’re building. (I’m so ready, I won’t even focus on the fact that technically when I turn thirty, I’m ending my thirtieth year, not starting it. Yeah, brain shatter if you didn’t know).

So, without further ado, I figured I would commemorate this moment with thirty things I learned in this life, before turning the big 3-0.

Me, in a tree age 29, loving life.

I learned that:

  1. Saying no is great.
  2. Being responsible for yourself also means being responsible for wherever you live.
  3. If you want something, ask for it.
  4. Making your own life decisions is important and all, but sometimes you need that outside perspective. That’s okay.
  5. You’re never too old to be the silliest, goofiest version of yourself.
  6. If you make a mistake, OWN UP TO IT.
  7. Learn to cook. It’s the best decision you’ll ever make. You know, since life revolves around… eating.
  8. It’s never too late to go back home.
  9. Genuine people are rare. Hold on and don’t let go.
  10. Admitting you don’t know something is a lot easier than trying to fake your way through it.
  11. All people are never going to agree all the time. Get over it.
  12. Yes, you do look fat. And NO ONE gives a fuck (and if they do, fuck them).
  13. Taylor Swift is a goddess.
  14. That thing you’ve been having anxiety about? Yeah, no one remembers that.
  15. 74-75 degrees really is the perfect house temperature. Fight me.
  16. Eat whatever weird food combination your heart desires. People may laugh, but if you like it, then enjoy it. This also applies to hobbies, clothing styles, music, etc.
  17. Not drinking alcohol is perfectly fine.
  18. When given the choice between trying something new or going with an old favorite, either option is acceptable.
  19. It’s okay to miss someone who doesn’t miss you.
  20. If you’re feeling too comfortable and complacent, that means you’re stagnant. There’s something you can change to improve or better your life. DO IT.
  21. No one is going to tell you what to do. You do what you want, and you’re the person you are because of those choices.
  22. Never stop living life as if you were twenty-two.
  23. Not wanting to have children is COOL.
  24. Wanting a family and children is ALSO COOL.
  25. When something deep down in your soul is telling you to do something, you should listen to it. Intuition will be your best friend if you let it.
  26. Just because you like or agree with something doesn’t mean everyone, or even anyone, has to feel the same way.
  28. Rain and stormy weather are literally the best.
  29. Always be reliable, and always fulfill your promises. Seriously.
  30. You’re the only one who can be you. Do yourself proud.

As I enter my fourth decade of life, I’ll remember these lessons and add more to my knowledge bank.

Until Next Time –

Yours For Happy Writing,

Lady Jenji

Published by Jenni Johnson

Jenni Johnson, aka Lady Jenji, is a writer, artist, and lover to all. She and her husband live in Palm Bay, Florida. They are quite fond of cats.

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