Thirty-six is one of those “inconsequential” ages. It isn’t a huge milestone. But, for some reason, it really feels like a significant birthday for me. I sit here this morning reflecting on the fact that I’m another year older, I can’t help but think how much I’ve learned and grown in the past few years. And I can’t help but reflect on the person that I used to be. There is so much that I wish I could tell “twenty-something,” worry-prone, anxious Amy.
- Do not fear getting older. Your 30s will be an incredible period in your life. You will grow wiser. You will find perspective. Life will fall into place.
- Most things in life are not an emergency. Breathe through every crisis. Know that in a few days, weeks or months, these “crises” just won’t matter.
- All of those things that you hope for and dream about will come in time. Be patient. Stop trying to rush things.
- Ask the Universe for what you want, and then believe that the Universe is working for you. Because it is.
- Trust your instincts. Your instincts are almost always going to be right. If you are wary of a person, or a situation, it is for good reason.
- Honor the people in your life who you love and appreciate. Make sure you tell them, on a regular basis, just how much you love them.
- Do not be afraid to say no. When you say yes to everything, you become overwhelmed, and then you don’t do anything well. It is okay to say no.
- Don’t be too trusting. Pay more attention to someone’s actions, rather than their words and promises. Actions do speak much louder than words.
- Believe in yourself, and follow your dreams. Do not listen to people who try to dissuade you from doing what you really want to do in life. If you want to be an architect, be an architect.
- Take care of your health. Take care of your body. Don’t eat so much junk food. Keep going to the gym. At some point in life, it becomes extremely hard to reverse the damage you have done!
- True love is out there. It will find you when the time is right.
- Love yourself in the present. One day you will look at pictures of your younger self and marvel at how fit you were, or how pretty you used to be “when you were young.”
Of course I haven’t figured it all out. I am still learning every day. I wonder what my list will look like ten years from now!
If you could give your younger self some guidance, what would you say? What do you think you needed to hear the most? Comment below to add to my list!