I am a slooooow learner, some of the life lessons folks have before they’re say 10 years old bypassed me completely with others I was a bit late to the party. Here’s my rundown of ten things I learned before I hit 30 some deep and philosophical, some not so much, and my ten things I want to achieve before 40!
Ten things I learned before 30
1 – Life is about moments, not things (yeah, deep)
When I was 21 I got my first break following a long internship, paid employment whilst living at home. After savings (learned this one early, very sensible!) and board and lodgings I had a lot of cash to burn, and hitting the MAC counter to the tune of a hundred quid at a time, Waterstones Wednesdays and hanging out in All Saints and Reiss was a moneypit year for me. I enjoyed it, really enjoyed it, and am glad I was fortunate enough to experience a more louche lifestyle, but quickly realised what I really wanted was my own place, and to get out and enjoy life more. Nine years on and one mortgage and baby later my ‘money pits’ look very different, and yet I now hate to shop, preferring to spend time seeing the world through Joss’ eyes instead.
2 – Don’t judge anything or anyone by their cover
This works on two levels, at the sharp end just give folks a chance and at the lighter end, I read about the TV series Girls for a year before I saw the first episode, yes sir, that claptrap was not for me, I freaking love it now!
3 – Learning to deal with disappointment sucks, but is worth exposing yourself to
Learning this at ten when everyone else did would have saved me a lot of heartache but life doesn’t always work the way we think it should. Sometimes life doesn’t match up to the picture perfect in my head, my response was often childish, the weather changed my plans, unexpected bad news came, I missed the bus, my child’s birth was not as I imagined, that one hit me hardest, how can you help a child navigate life’s disappointments if you react angrily yourself? A hard lesson still learned daily…
4 – The only thing worse than having a spider/fly/moth in your room is losing the spider/fly/moth in your room
THIS NEEDS NO EXPLANATION!!
5 – The thrill of the tattoo gun is addictive
The noise of the gun, fresh ink, choosing something awesome, the hot pinching pain, I think I love the process as much as the end result, hooked.
6 – Becoming a mother is nothing like I thought it would be and yet the best thing I have ever experienced
This whole blog is testament to the journey
7 – It’s OK to start over
See number three, I don’t always get it right, it’s OK to dust it off and move on
8 – Better to speak up in the moment then think of your best comeback an hour later
True dat, again, still learning
9 – If in doubt shake it out
Bad days begone, bring on the trumpets, dance like no-one’s watching
10- It doesn’t pay to live a life of all work and no play
Whether it’s 80:20, 20:80 or 50:50 that suits you best, your work life balance is your own business, take breaks, make no apologies for needing a break, another toughie but you can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself
And ten broad things I want to achieve before 40 in no particular order:
1 – Make some good savings for the future
2 – See more of the world with my family
3 – Help Joss to enjoy a good book
4 – Learn to declutter
5 – Bake better bread
6 – Maybe buy a house and sell our flat
7 – Take the next step in my work life
8 – Take some time out from work and study
9 – Learn yoga
10 – Say yes to more things