36 lessons in 36 Years
With every year of life comes an extra special lesson, and sometimes it seems as if those lessons may sneak up on you weekly. Reading My Thirty Spot gave me inspiration to share what wisdoms life has bestowed upon me thus far.
1. Standing up for what you believe in, is worth it in the long run.
2. People communicate differently. Some are more inferential, others more literal. This can result in misunderstanding.
3. Respecting others, commands respect.
4. Your parents’ musical taste makes sense. You find yourself harkening back to the music you liked in your youth.
5. Going out changes from clubs and bars to restaurants and more meaningful recreation.
6. People are sometimes stupid humans. Understanding and forgiveness benefit the forgiver. Doesn’t mean you have to forget nor does it mean that you need to be in the presence of the forgive-e ever again.
7. Your partner is your compliment. Not your reason for being.
8. When friends say, “My family will be out of town” you are not sure if they mean their parents or spouse and kids.
9. Different people bring out different attributes in you.
10. Dreams change.
11. Starting a business small and going bigger is a challenge and worthwhile.
12. Going to bed before midnight on a Saturday can be fun and rewarding (trust me on this one).
13. People only have the power you give them. It is a choice.
14. Every year goes faster than the last. The reason being at 36, a year is 1/36 of your life and at 37…you guessed it 1/37.
15. Vacations and downtime are necessary.
16. Bananas are high on the glycemic index and should not be eaten too often.
17. Laughing and crying both have health benefits. Even if only done one at a time.
18. Life is not black and white, but a whole lot of grey.
19. In your teens you imagine an invisible audience. In your twenties you imagine no one is paying attention. In your thirties you realize people are listening.
20. Having an accountant do your taxes reduces risk and increases piece of mind.
21. When running into a childhood friend you may feel like you regressed back to the age at which you met.
22. Late night greasy food usually results in late night insomnia and bloat.
23. You could be the next president, minimum age requirement 35.
24. Your friendships will change and grow; new people will come into your life.
25. Life is about choice; there is no such thing as control.
26. You can choose your reaction to an emotion, but emotions are not based in logic or reason and will express themselves physically if not appropriately dealt with.
27. Your taste buds change. Things that you loved, liked or hated will switch.
28. Alcohol messes with your blood sugar.
29. You will talk about when you were young (and be referring to your twenties).
30. Quitting smoking by age 30 lowers health risks.
31. Higher quality makeup is worth the money.
32. Associating with positive people will increase your positivity.
33. At the core you really don’t feel older than a certain age (for me it’s 26).
34. Education is a lifetime.
35. Sex gets better and more efficient with age not less fun. You know what gets you to where you want to go.
36. The national median age is 36.8 years.
Upon writing this guest blog, I am exactly the median age. I know my truths and lessons may not be universal. I also know that the United States Census has middle age broken into two categories, 35-44 and 45-54. I am going to go with psychologist Erik Erikson on this and say I at least have another three years until middle age. Lesson #37 just because it is a fact, doesn’t make it your truth.
Thea Pueschel, C.Ht. is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Sports Mind Coach, and founder of The Kinesthetic Visualist Modality. When she isn’t lulling people with her gentle maternal patter through personalized metaphor, she engages in multimedia arts, yoga, and writing. She has written articles and blogs for Examiner.com, Create Your Health, and Elephant Journal. To find out more about Thea visit her website or connect with her on facebook and twitter.