30 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 30 Years

I turned 30 this past November and I’m honestly so excited about this new chapter. I’m sitting on my bed right now thinking about the last 30 years and how much I’ve grown. I’m so grateful for the good times, but I also appreciate the hard times too. I’ve learned some amazing lessons along the way. From being a teenage mom to being completely broke, single with two kids to take care of. Those things gave me the tools that I needed to create and live the best life possible. I decided to create a list of 30 life lessons I’ve learned in my 30 years on earth:

  1. You have no idea what people are going through. Be kind.
  2. Fitting in is overrated.
  3. Love is only half the battle.
  4. You can love someone from a distance.
  5. Working smart and working hard are two very different things.
  6. Call and go see the people you love. You just never know.
  7. It’s okay to be alone.
  8. Everyone is not your friend.
  9. You can disagree with someone’s lifestyle and still love them.
  10. If they want to be with you, they’ll make sure you know it.
  11. It’s okay to put yourself first sometimes.
  12. Your past does not define who you are today.
  13. You define what success means for you.
  14. The person you were yesterday should be your only competition.
  15. Good friends are hard to find.
  16. You cannot grow in your comfort zone.
  17. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  18. You can speak things into existence.
  19. Trust your intuition.
  20. Pay attention to your body.
  21. Take care of your body… now.
  22. Take that vacation!
  23. Don’t let anyone make you feel like a bad parent. No one has it all figured out.
  24. You cannot change anyone.
  25. It’s okay to not be okay sometimes.
  26. Everything is not for everyone.
  27. Not everyone is meant to be in your life forever.
  28. You can’t make everyone happy.
  29. If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love someone else
  30. Life is short. Smile, laugh, LIVE and enjoy it!

This was actually a great exercise for me. It just reminded me of the experiences I had where I learned (and re-learned) each of these lessons. It was a great way to remember how far I’ve come. Here’s to many more years and many more lessons learned!

What are the most valuable lessons you’ve learned in life?

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