In turning twenty-five a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been reflecting on my past experiences (both good and bad.)
While this list is specific to me, I still think there are a few thoughts that could be applicable to anyone
10 Things I’ve Learned in my First 25 Years
1) A relationship with God is of the utmost importance. It’s quite simple really: without God life is full of ups and downs, but with God, life is full of ups and downs AND so much hope!!!
2) Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Take risks. I’m talking big and little things. I’ve conquered my fear of heights (sky diving, para-sailing and repelling) but I’ve also conquered my fear of public speaking/performance (by serving on my churches worship team.) You’ll surprise yourself with how much you can do when you take fear out of the equation.
3) A healthy lifestyle isn’t as unattainable as one would think. Over the past two years or so, I’ve been able to loose thirty pounds and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Little changes do add up and it just takes one step at a time until you’re in a full on sprint towards a healthier life.
4) Family is for life, friends come and go. If there is one thing I’ve learned (especially in the last few years) it is that there are friendships that only last for a season…and that’s okay. I’m not saying it’s easy to move on from past relationships; however, sometimes it’s just the path God has planned for you. I miss my old church family like crazy but it’s not where I’m supposed to be right now. I miss friends that have moved away but we keep in touch as much as we can and it has prompted me to consider new relationships.
5) Stand firm in your convictions. Too many of my past mistakes were made simply due to peer pressure and the desire to fit in. If only I would’ve stood up for my beliefs in those instances…
6) Sunscreen is important. Reapply, reapply, reapply. Yes, it can be sticky and uncomfortable and yes, it may make you break out; however, when weighing the pros vs. the cons – there is no contest.
7) Don’t rush marriage and don’t worry if you’re not married by the time you ‘thought’ you’d be. Timing is EVERYTHING. If you’ve read the story about how Marty and I first met, you’d see that sometimes you’re just at the right place at the right time. God is purposeful and has us exactly where we should be exactly when we should be there. If you’re not a believer, also note the statistics that the majority of the population ends up married at some point in their lives…also that 50% of all marriages end in divorce – so DON’T RUSH IT!
8) Having expensive ‘stuff’ can be nice…but it can also be highly unsatisfying.
9) Focus and determination towards your education is very important. I wasted far too much time in my educational career (focused on other irrelevant life issues.)
10) Trust is easily broken. Be honest – lies just did deep holes and wounds in your relationships.
And a couple extras…
11) Sometimes there is nothing better than a great book. The library is your friend.
12) Few things compare to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.
For each of these 10 things I have a story that I could share, it’s not just repeated from a list of ‘life’s lessons’ or truisms of life. The list represents things in which I’ve lived and breathed. The ups and downs, the successes and failures. I am looking forward to another twenty-five years…
At this point in your life…what’s one significant thing you’ve learned?