I turned 37 years old a few months ago. I am officially in my late 30’s which means I’m almost 40! I know some people might not see that as a positive statement, but I am really looking forward turning 40 years old. As I approach that age, I feel like I’m becoming more and more of who God created me to be. I can only imagine how fabulous, fierce and favored I’ll be at 40!
Every year, my mother asks me how it feels to be ___ years old. Most of the time, my answer is, “The same as yesterday.” As I reflected on that question this year, I definitely felt different as I turned thirty-seven. I feel wise. Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. I am finally able to crystallize (no pun intended) many of the lessons I’ve learned on my journey… so far. I see exactly how to apply them to my life in order to achieve my goals. I’d like to share some of them with you.
Here are 37 lessons I’ve learned in my 37 years…
- Always do your best, knowing that your best can change daily.
- There will always be someone who doesn’t like you…and that’s okay.
- Everyone who likes you isn’t good for you.
- Start conversations with strangers. You never know who you’ll meet.
- Trust the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
- Confidence is not arrogance.
- Don’t be afraid to try a new look (hair, clothes, make-up).
- Anger is healthy when expressed appropriately.
- You don’t always have to be in control.
- Don’t internalize criticism.
- There will always be someone better AND worse off than you.
- Worrying is a waste of time and energy.
- Being offended is a choice.
- Laugh until your stomach hurts. It’s good for you.
- Accept compliments graciously…just say thank you.
- Pick up the phone and call family and friends.
- Invest in yourself (financially, physically, spiritually, educationally, etc).
- Let yourself feel uncomfortable.
- Vulnerability is beautiful.
- Ask for what you need AND want.
- Use failure as a stepping stone to success.
- Have high standards for yourself and others.
- Give grace to yourself and others.
- Forgive and let it go.
- It’s never too late to start.
- Cry. You’ll feel better.
- You can’t do it all. Ask for help.
- Set the tone for the room. Be a thermostat, not a thermometer.
- No is a complete sentence.
- Don’t over-commit yourself.
- Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. What you have and who you are is enough.
- You only have one life. Enjoy it… FULLY.
- Authenticity is much more attractive than perfection.
- Spend money on experiences over possessions. Memories are priceless!
- Rest is necessary for success.
- Enjoy your NOW.
- God loves you. He wants the best for you. Trust Him.. with EVERYTHING.
Our dreams inspire us to live life to the fullest, our sorrows guide us in learning & accepting who we are, wisdom is what we achieve from experiencing both.”
– Nishan Panwar