It might come as a huge shock (stick tongue out emoji) but yes, earlier this year I turned the ripe
old young age of 30. It took a while to come to terms with it but after multiple internal battles, a few tears over my (partly) wasted youth and finding too many grey hairs to count (seriously, it’s as if I turned 30 and my hairs just turned white) I am finally at peace with my new age.
Now here’s where I should say that you shouldn’t have regrets and age is just a number but, lets keep it real, I feel like I missed the boat with a few things. I regret not travelling more, not working harder at my acting career and having spent far too many hours of my 20’s worrying about my imperfect body and what other people thought about me. Don’t get me wrong, I realise that all is not lost and I can still achieve many of these things (I’m all for going travelling in my 30’s, 40’s or even 50’s) but lets face it, some things are much easier in your 20’s before the responsibilities of real ‘adult’ life set in – career, marriage, home, pets, children.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, it’s in thinking about the things I missed out on in my 20’s that I thought about all of the things I’ve achieved. And in thinking of all the things I have achieved, I thought about all of the things I’ve learnt over the years and how these things have helped to shape me into the person I am today – a person who I hope is loving, caring, fun and talented.
So, without further adieu, I give you my top 30 things I’ve learnt in 30 years…
- Comparison is the thief of joy
- I’ll never have a perfect body (and I’m okay with that)
- Make sure you laugh everyday
- Anxiety is a bitch!
- Work hard, play even harder
- Find something you love and do it
- Find a workout you enjoy and keep doing it
- Be kind
- Love all animals (and don’t eat them!)
- Complimenting others is both uplifting for you and them
- Make sure you see the good in others
- Carbs are not the enemy
- Don’t drink too much Prosecco (it sends me loopy)
- Don’t take people for granted – especially those closest to you
- Try not to worry about things that haven’t happened yet
- Sleep is your best friend
- Find a good skincare regime (and stick to it)
- Take you make up off every night
- A wasted day enjoyed is not a day wasted
- Tell your partner you love them everyday
- And don’t go to sleep angry
- There’s nothing a face mask, a glass of red, a lush bath bomb can’t fix (well, most things)
- You don’t have to drink to have fun
- Join in the conversation (and make your voice heard)
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
- Smile more (it makes you feel happier and makes you more approachable)
- Drink more water (I swear I say this every blog post)
- Appreciate your surroundings (the world is a beautiful place)
- Unsubscribe (to junk emails and to social accounts that don’t bring you joy!)
- Slow down
Now here’s to another 30 years of learning.
What have you learnt over your time here on earth? No matter how big or small, I’d love to know in the comments below.