38 and some lessons learned
It’s not another year older, it’s “I made it to the next level of life”. HECK YEAH!
Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:
– Be the first to stretch out your hand and introduce yourself. They feel awkward too, so you might as well break the ice and say hi.
– Never underestimate where a hello could lead…
– Wear the lipstick, it brightens your whole face HONEY, YES!
– Take the trip and write the postcard. Even if you accidentally leave it on the hotel nightstand for the maid to read.
– Smile even if they don’t smile back.
– Give people the benefit of the doubt. Teach your kids to do the same.
– Ask questions. Get to know people. You won’t regret it. You need them and they need you.
– If there’s live music, don’t miss it.
– Make your husband your best friend.
– If you live in Texas, say y’all and wear the boots and fringe. When in Rome.
– Always have a little toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and Benadryl in your purse. (That’s the ‘Lived in Africa’ talking.)
– You don’t have to live on kale and cucumber juice but once in a while drink some water and go for a walk. And eat some almonds. I swear they’re a magic food.
– Look at elderly people in the eye and talk with them. They’ve lived a lot of life to get where they are today and they deserve our respect. Plus they have some great stories.
– Don’t wait for the right event to wear the sequence dress. Just wear it!
– Write your daughters love notes.
– It’s okay to laugh and grieve in the same day.
– Ask God for wisdom when you need it.
– Turn the music up.
– Own your story. The loss, the joy, the triumph, where God has you.
– Walk by faith, even when you don’t understand the path. You can trust a faithful God.
– Take a picture and write it down.
– It never feels good, but be the first to say you’re sorry.
– Allow friends to become like family.
– Love today, because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.
– “Always, we begin again” St. Benedictine