With My 30th Birthday Here: Lessons I’ve Learned From My 20’s

This is a good representation of my 20's. Partying with Lea Thompson and a Back To The Future DeLorean

Today I turn 30. It feels very surreal. Sure, I know I have plenty of life to live (unless I do something stupid and dangerous lol), but I remember when I thought being 30 was “old” and yet, I still feel like a kid. Although, like the saying goes, you’re only as young as you feel I suppose. Anyway, here are some things I learned about life during my crazy 20’s:

  • Contrary to popular belief, frosted blonde hair and an eyebrow ring was not as cool as I thought
  • Surround yourself with amazing people, and hopefully some of their greatness will rub off on you
  • Dont forget to tell those you care about how you feel, you never know when they may just… disappear
  • Never fall for a girl that can’t make you laugh… a lot… and that can’t inspire you to be a better man
  • Sure, most girls love flowers, but the coolest girls love a good mix cd… and David Bowie
  • I used to think life would one day start… after college, with a wife and kids and career, but then you realize, as cliche as it sounds, its all living, there is no ordinary moment, there is no pre-game
  • Don’t forget to read something once in awhile. Knowledge is one of the world’s greatest gifts
  • Send thank you notes. Be grateful for the generosity of others
  • People don’t always recognize what you’ve done to help. Don’t expect a parade. Help because you know its right and just.
  • Travel the world (I need to do more myself). Go where you are uncomfortable. Push your boundaries. Feed your soul
  • Help your fellow man, you never know when the roles will reverse
  • Take care of your dog and they will love you unconditionally
  • Do something stupid once in awhile. Makes for great stories later. Buy me a beer, I’ll share one of many.
  • Take care of your body now, or you’ll pay for it later
  • No matter how many times you forget to remove the lens cap, people always find it SO HILARIOUS
  • Put the camera down sometimes during your personal time. It detaches you from experiencing the moment yourself.
  • A good photographer can make a creative image, no matter how good or poor the quality of their optics (but it doesn’t hurt to have the best).
  • Love. It’s passionate. It’s heart aching. It’s irrational. It’s life changing. It’s empowering. It’s the best drug, even when it rips you up sometimes. You always want more.
  • It’s never too late to be an old fashioned romantic. Sure it’s out of style, but it just feels right.
  • Learn from your mistakes, no matter how F#&K!NG stupid you feel. Make the most of a bad situation (not always easy, but you gotta try)
  • Everything you need to know you can learn from the films Robocop, Billy Madison, Total Recall, and Back To The Future.
  • One of my favorites… in the words of my beloved grandpa Leon Sonders “be a mensche” (a man of honor). I hope he’s proud of who I’ve become.

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4 thoughts on “With My 30th Birthday Here: Lessons I’ve Learned From My 20’s”

  1. I <3 this list.

    A couple other things:

    Don't be afraid to open up to love. Don't be afraid to be open and honest with others. Yeah, it could hurt, but it opens you up for so much more. You never know unless you really say what's on your mind.

    Read more books. Make 10 minutes a day and dive into one. They open up the world so much.

    Always take time out of your day to do something for yourself. Always take time out of your day to do something for someone else.

    And in the quote that sums up my 30th year (I turn 31 in 15 days! Yay! May Babies!)

    Be curious, not judgmental. – Walt Whitman

  2. Happy Happy Birthday! Love the post and the list. Great additions by myrla_cat.

    Here’s a couple more:

    Don’t take life or yourself too serious. (not as easy as it sounds for some)

    Remember to breathe. (same note as above)

    Enjoy today and rock the socks off of this weekend!

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