Welcome to the third and last installment of this 30 in 30 series. Today you’ll know the last ten things I’ve learned in my first thirty years and we’ll tackle all the little things that fit in the in between of life. You know, the things that you hear a lot growing up but you never cherish them until you get a little more experience in life. These are here because they DO matter, read them, write them down and work hard to make them happen.
If you missed Part 1 read it HERE. If you missed Part 2 read it HERE.
EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
- Dreams change. It’s ok.
When we are young we believe that our dreams will always be the same, yet as we grow older, those dreams shift, change, transform, just as we do. Don’t be afraid to let some dreams go and dare to dream different, bigger, maybe something you never though you would. The important thing is to never stop dreaming.
- Dance to life’s different rhythms.
I danced for twelve years and when it was time for me to quit and focus on something different, I felt terrified. Would I never dance again? However, I had the blessing to have a dear friend tell me that life itself is a dance and we all learn to dance to the different rhythms it brings. I can’t tell you how my heart fluttered with happiness and I started to enjoy the little dances of everyday life.
- Use your ability to choose wisely.
Choose Present over perfect; quality over quantity; relationships over rushing; people over pressure; meaning over mania. I loved this article by Shauna Niequist because she wrote exactly how I felt over this technology crazy culture. Let’s change our perspective in life and focus on what really matters.
- NEVER settle.
Never, ever settle for less. Don’t compromise your standards and your beliefs to become someone you’re not. Be true to yourself.
- Become who you were meant to be.
A caterpillar tries to resist the cocoon, try to resist change, but they need to become who they need to be. Don’t resist, get the most out of the process.
- Travel often.
I hope you love home as much as I do, but traveling is by far the best experience. It allows you to grow, learn, experiment, have adventures. Travel enough to make you miss home and enough to make you experience more.
- Allow yourself to fall in love.
This means that you might have your heart broken a couple of times or that you might break some hearts. However be cautious, listen to your gut because it’s always right.
- Do what makes your heart light on fire.
These will vary from one to another; the important thing is that you know what makes you recharge, what makes you smile, what makes your heart light up. Do lots of it. You’ll need those moments when life gets rough.
- Invest in yourself.
I don’t mean this in a vain way. Keep your curiosity sensitive enough to make you want to keep learning. Knowledge will help you gain tools to achieve more things.
10. Bloom where you are planted.
Sometimes we want to move, be someone else, or be somewhere else and even though we try things don’t seem to change. Embrace it. It means there are still things to be learned where we are. Be the best wherever you are because you never know where that will take you.