Today is my 50th birthday! That’s kind of crazy!
It’s been on my mind to share some of the wisdom and thoughts I have formed over the years. Honestly I feel a bit silly because on the inside I am still in my 20’s. There are an infinite number of things I have learned and while I thought coming up with 50 things would be hard, it was actually quite easy.
So here, in no particular order, are 50 Things I’ve Learned by Age 50!
- God is Faithful. He has proven himself repeatedly in my life and His presence will always be my greatest comfort.
- I didn’t understand God’s love until I had children of my own. I love my kids more than life itself. They are my heart – with feet.
- As a parent I’ve made a million mistakes. I apologize to my kids when I mess up. This way they understand everyone is flawed and they can confide in me with their struggles and flaws.
- Marriage is hard work. The more you invest in it, the greater life can be.
- Not everyone is going to like me, and that’s OK.
- A true friendship picks up where it left off, no matter how much time has passed.
- Forgiveness is almost always about you and not the other person.
- Words have power. Choose your words carefully.
- Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gets you nowhere.
- You can’t change other people. You can change how you respond to other people.
- Being vulnerable can be one of your greatest strengths. Thanks, Brené Brown.
- Life is too short to live it for other people’s approval. You’ll never please everyone.
- Being a good example is way more important than just giving advice.
- Do the things that scare you the most. Don’t be afraid to fail.
- No matter how old you get; beets still taste like dirt.
- My friends are as precious to me as family.
- I’ll never get to read all the books I want.
- It’s OK to eat dessert first – or only dessert.
- I’ll no longer stuff my feet in shoes that hurt even if they’re gorgeous. Comfort trumps fashion.
- Grammar is very important. Please learn the difference between there, their and they’re.
- Your value is not defined by a number on a scale.
- Good books, movies and music are like therapy to my soul.
- Time moves on even if you don’t.
- Nobody except Martha can fold a fitted sheet. It’s OK. Let it go.
- Smile at strangers. You could make someone’s day.
- If you want to achieve something you need to be disciplined. Motivation is not enough.
- Never feel guilty for sleeping late in the morning.
- Learn to appreciate what you have. You have far more than most of the people that live in this world.
- Your house will almost always be a little messy. Don’t hesitate to entertain because people relate to messy.
- Appreciate teachers, mentors, and therapists. You can never repay their value.
- Coffee is life. It’s good for your circulation and your sanity.
- As I get older, I have zero tolerance for drama.
- Whatever your passion, pursue it as though your days were numbered. Because they are.
- Learning to meditate is one of life’s greatest gifts.
- Taking time for myself benefits everyone else around me.
- You don’t have to attend every event you are invited to.
- Who cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and do it.
- Nobody is “normal”.
- The most valuable function performed by the federal government is entertainment.
- You don’t have to finish a book if you don’t like it.
- Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded. It also helps you release anger and forgive sooner.
- Tell your people you love them … a lot. Make it weird.
- Things that cost nothing, hold the most value.
- Cough syrup doesn’t work. Take a shot (or 3) of whiskey.
- When you say you’ll do something, do it with your whole heart or not at all.
- The best way to avoid disappointment is to adjust your expectations.
- I would rather surround myself with people who make a lot of mistakes and have no problem admitting them, then to surround myself with people who think they make none.
- Life is too short for dishes. Use paper plates and plastic cups.
- Laundry day is much easier when all your socks are the same so you don’t have to sort them.
- Every day is a gift. Find the presents.
Love this. Love you. You are 50 and fabulous! Xo
This is amazing! As someone who turned 50 a few months ago I can relate to it all! ❤️ Thank you for the words of wisdom, and as a teacher I love the lines about grammar and drama! Lol! Hope your 50th year is amazing! 🎂💖
This is perfect! Fabulous 50 for sure!