Today in honor of my twenty-mumblemumble birthday, I’ve decided to share some of the wisdom these old lady bird bones have absorbed through the years:
Helping is more rewarding than bitching. There are some days where it may seem like the opposite is true, but do you know what you have at the end of all your vehement complaining? Bitter feels and the same amount of work you had before. So, if you must (and there are just some days when you simply must), bitch-le while you work. Sure, it may not be your mess you’re cleaning up, but lending a helping hand never hurt anyone (and it inspires good will! And couldn’t we all use a little Good Will Hunting? *Cue inspirational Robin Williams speech*). Be part of the solution, not the problem. That being said…
Saying no every now and then won’t kill you. It’s hard to believe, but you’re not Wonder Woman- you drive a Mazda, not an invisible jet. Try as you might, you can’t do everything. And you know what? That’s okay! Always try to do what you can, but recognize that even you have limits. Know them. Accept them. You’re the only You you’ve got, so take care of yourself.
The best things in life are shoes. Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey were wrong- Shoes are a girl’s best friend and they are forevah (forevah… forevah…).
The only behavior you can control is your own. Trying to change, make sense of, or even reason with unreasonable behavior is sheer lunacy and ultimately futile. People are going to say and do things that absolutely grind your gears. Keep in mind that everyone has a right to their own opinion-but their opinion is not necessarily right. Rise above it and kill ’em with kindness.
Timeline shmimeline. Things aren’t always going to happen when (or in the order) you expect them to. It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re not where you expected that you would be, but as pinterest fails have taught us: expectations do not always equal reality. Life isn’t linear- It happens when it happens.
Minions won’t last forever. Sure, they were cute at first, but then they got their own movie. Now, they’re all over your FB feed saying things their little gibberish mouths have never uttered. It’s okay, this too shall pass… But beware, when they inevitably fall, something even more irritating will rise to take their place. (PS- Since when do sidekicks get their own movies?)
Shut your mouth. Open your ears. This may come as a shock, but you definitely don’t know everything (yes, even after a MILLION years of school). The world is constantly evolving and there are folks out there with experiences that are so unlike your own. Make like Vanilla Ice and “Stop, collaborate, and listen”. You may learn things you never knew you never knew (dropping ALL the 90s references up in this place!).
No one knows what they’re doing. Even the people who appear to have it together are honestly just making it up as they go along. Fake it till ya make it, baby.
Go see Star Wars. Right now. I’ll wait. No, you know what? Make room in the car, because I’m coming with you. Treat. Yo. Self.
You’re never too old to be young. I’m not saying we all don green tights (ew) and fly off to Neverland, but growing older doesn’t mean you have to grow old. It’s not like you reach a certain age and suddenly playtime is over and it’s time to buckle down and be the adultiest adult that ever adulted. Have fun! Live a little! Take care of your responsibilities and your soul too.
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