22 Things I’ve Learned | Birthday #22

  1. Nobody cares what you look like or what you’re doing for more than a second. They’re too busy worrying about themselves.
  2. Salt cures everything [sweat, tears, salt water, or salty snacks].
  3. You are insignificant to the majority of others; don’t take things too personally. If someone seems annoyed, there’s probably an explanation that has nothing to do with you.
  4. Mental health is just as important as physical health—make yours a priority.
  5. Waking up early is a worthwhile habit to form. Think of how many more productive hours you could have each month if you woke up one hour earlier each morning.
  6. Your morning sets the tone for the day. Don’t start out in GAME MODE right out of the gates because you’ll stress yourself out too soon. Start slow and give yourself a moment to breath before you sink into the day ahead.
  7. Everyone is faking it in some way and “adulthood” is the art of strategically googling how to do things.
  8. Trust your gut.
  9. Let yourself feel all of your feelings. Don’t numb things out. Knowledge is power and when you can really articulate how you feel and why you feel that way, you can gain control over your emotions and be empowered by them.
  10. Everything on your social media feed is a curated highlight reel. Do not let yourself compare your low points to someone else’s high points.
  11. Taste your food before you salt it.
  12. Non-physical compliments are the most meaningful.
  13. Don’t make fun of someone with “broken” English. They are likely speaking their second or third language. Can you say the same for yourself?
  14. You will never make yourself feel better by putting someone else down. Making someone feel small does not make you look big.
  15. I get plenty of protein on my plant-based diet. Thanks for your concern.
  16. Take the stairs if you can. Some day you’ll be aching in all the wrong places and wishing you could so enjoy it now.
  17. Don’t waste your time telling people how good you are at something. Let your work speak for itself.
  18. I will never be a laidback person and that’s okay.
  19. Send flowers ahead of time; it’ll give the host/hostess time to find a vase without being on the spot.
  20. It’s okay to cut toxic people out of your life.
  21. There is no need to be concerned with someone else’s sex life. The amount of clothing or makeup they’re wearing does not make them a “slut” and neither does the fact that they got the job and you didn’t. You know nothing about their sex life and you don’t need to. Worry about yourself.
  22. There are brilliant women and brilliant men; lazy women and lazy men; sensitive women and sensitive men. Gender stereotypes are boring.
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