Today, I turn 30. Goodbye 20s! You were…kind of a jerk.
Not really. Well, not totally.
Here are 30 lessons I’ve learned in my 30 years of life:
- From 3-years-old to 30 to 90, you’ll never have life figured out. Maybe at 91.
A few close friends willing to go deep is more valuable than a thousand acquaintances.
- Social media sucks.
- Nothing is black and white. The world is gray.
- Ask big questions and listen more than you talk.
- The love you have for your child is like no other, and it grows as much as they do. (Check out 12 Lessons I Learned In 12 Months Of Fatherhood.)
- Always look for the name-tag of a person working customer service, and thank them by name. Make it a habit.
When in a different country, it’s not like the movies.
- Life is life wherever it is. Immerse yourself in culture, and be a student of others.
God is not out to get you. God is not out to get you. God is not out to get you.
- Thinking is a beautiful thing, but like anything else, it should be done in moderation. Think responsibly, and manage your thought collection.
- Words are the wonder with which we wonder. Think about it.
- Societal manhood is strong, independent, and proud, but true manhood is willing to show weakness, and is dependent on others, and humble.
- When with other people, ignore all texts, calls, notifications, except for those from your spouse.
High School is pass or fail. Life is not.
- My favorite word is ambiguity. Mostly because I had to practice how to say it, but partly because I love ambiguity.
I used to think when I ate food it filled up my legs and piled up. When the accumulation of food reached my middle, that’s when I had to poop. Thankfully, I figured that one out a long time ago.
- Just because the price-tag says “on sale,” it doesn’t mean it’s a good deal.
- It’s possible to have life-long friends, but it takes intentionality.
- Four wheel drive and long johns make Michigan winters a lot easier.
Touring as a poor folk band is a recipe for a lot of good memories.
- Go to counseling sooner rather than later.
- Creativity is a muscle. Exercise.
Don’t try to fit into someone else’s box. You won’t fit.
- The morning is the best time for productivity. If you can do what you love before the cynic in you wakes up, you’ll be well on your way to a masterpiece.
- The Office is the best show of all time. Survivor is a close second.
- The anticipation of an event is almost always worse than the actual event.
Don’t waste your time with people who waste your value.
- It’s good to laugh.
30 isn’t that bad.