There have been many times where I’ve thought “now I’m an adult.” Graduation…buying a house…putting a pet to sleep…getting married…moving to a whole new state!
A a short while later, my brain buzzes with a new lesson and I think, when will I finally have this all figured out?!
I thought being an adult meant I’d just KNOW how to handle every situation, I wouldn’t cry so easily or get offended and I’d worry less about what others thought and have money to buy a pony (really that last one was key).
I’m thrilled to have celebrated my 34th birthday this week (could you tell from all the social media?!), you can see in my whoop I’m 32 all the reasons I think getting older shouldn’t be something we run away from, but instead enjoy.
These are the secret lessons that can only be understood with age and failure and trying again:
- It’s just a job, not your life
- Your passion may not be your job
- Have friends all over the world
- Be selective with who your friends are
- Great for you, not for me – Amy Poehler wisdom
- Birthdays are awesome – tell everyone it’s your day
- You can get by with far less than you imagined
- Sometimes you should still buy it just because you want it
- A massage, a long bath and quite time are necessities, not luxuries.
- Tell people you appreciate them, don’t just think it.
- Do the little things, they add up to really big things
- Take photos, but remember not to live life from behind a lens
- “Rocking adulthood is nothing more glamorous than consistency.”
- It should be fun.
15-34. Appreciate what you have in this moment. There are no “good old days” or perfect future, there is just NOW. Spend it wisely.
I love my blog, but I love my life more. Due to a mega surprise, instead of writing a witty post with the pearls of wisdom shined up over the miles of running, from belly laughs and ugly tears, I stopped and headed out to fill my week with memories, hugs, long talks and well yes cake….seriously lots of cake.
I guess what I’m trying to say is everyone you think has it figured out, is just a better actor than the rest of us.
Getting older is our chance to keep learning to fill up those lessons with belly laughs and ugly tears.
David has never been much for surprising me, he’s always unsure if I’ll like it (hint I did, I do) and my parents have probably pulled a few on me over the years…like when I arrived home to find a full bred collie prancing around our pool, after 13 years of asking for every birthday and holiday!
But this took the cake. This was beyond unexpected and honestly, a bit unlike them to do!
Per normal, I was clicking away on the computer when David opened the front door Monday evening. I paused to look up and say hello, then wondered why some guy in a hat appeared to be following him.
“Did he bring home someone from work?”
” Thank god I’m dressed today.”
”Holy shit, I know that hat, that man.”
Leap, run, hug, cry. It was the closest to a Hallmark movie moment I’ve ever had.
We didn’t do anything crazy for the week, since I was working. But we made time for an evening at Downtown Disney, and walks around the lake. Mostly it was just time to be together and talk about all the things you forget on the phone, to just be part of the little day to day moments.
The little jokes like finding a dog that mom would accept or how we share a sweet tooth or how we both spend time on the floor stretching everyday now!
Maybe I’ll update this later, maybe not…for now I’m holding tight to my happy memories.
What was your biggest birthday surprise?
Do you feel like an “adult”?
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