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Life Lessons I Learned in my 30’s
Life lessons I wish I had known sooner! Turning 30 (or 40, in my case soon) can be a scary milestone. It’s the age when many of us start to reflect on our lives, both where we are and where we want to be. In my case, it was an opportunity to look back at the last decade and realize how much I had learned over that period of time. Here are just some of the life lessons I learned in my 30’s.
You Can Reach Your Dream
A few years into my thirties, I decided to leave my corporate job and become a full-time writer. It was a huge risk, but it paid off—I now have a successful freelance writing career that has allowed me to follow my dreams and make a living doing what I love. It’s proof that if you put in the hard work, anything is possible.
As the saying goes, “change is inevitable” and learning to embrace change can help you stay flexible and open-minded as you navigate life’s twists and turns. After all, things don’t always go according to plan—but that doesn’t mean they won’t turn out okay!
Take Time for Yourself
With all of life’s demands, it can be difficult to find time for yourself—but it’s essential for your mental health and well-being. So take the time each day to do something just for you; whether it’s reading a book or taking a yoga class, you deserve it!
Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
We all like to compare ourselves with others from time to time; it’s human nature! But try not to let comparison get the best of you—you are unique and special in your own way so focus on your own goals instead of worrying about what other people are doing or achieving.
You Are Enough
In my early 20s, I was constantly trying to prove myself and please everyone else around me. It took me a long time to realize that there is nothing wrong with being who I am and not trying to fit into someone else’s box of perfection. If you are true to yourself and embrace your unique qualities, then you are already enough as you are.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously.
When it comes to life and work, it’s important not to take yourself too seriously all the time. Sure, show up on time and get the job done right, but don’t forget to have a sense of humor! A good laugh can make all the difference between seeing the world with a glass half-empty or half-full mentality.
Invest in Relationships Over Things
While things can certainly bring joy, relationships bring far more lasting happiness than any trinket or material item ever could—especially when considering our closest friendships and family ties! Whether it’s reaching out for coffee with an old friend or taking your parents out for dinner once in a while; invest in your relationships first before buying that shiny new thingamajig you were eyeing online last night 😉
Compitition is Stupid
If there’s one life lesson we can take away from our competitive nature, it’s that there is nothing to be gained by taking part in it. By competing with someone else, we are essentially wasting our valuable energy and resources on something that ultimately leads nowhere. Instead of competing with someone else, why not focus on the journey of self-improvement, where the only person we need to worry about beating is ourselves? Taking this perspective will allow us to identify areas for improvement more easily and grow more purposefully. When it comes down to it, competition is simply stupid – life is better when lived side by side instead of against each other!
As I write this post, I’m still learning new things every day–about myself, about life, about relationships–so this list is by no means exhaustive! But these four life lessons have been especially important during my 30’s thus far; they’ve helped me stay focused on my own path while still being open-minded enough to adapt when necessary. And ultimately, isn’t that what being thirtysomething is all about? Here’s hoping that there are many more lessons ahead as I continue on this journey!