34 Things I’ve Learned in 34 Years


I celebrated my 34th 29th birthday on Sunday.  Wow, what a year it has been.   A lot has happened since this time last April.  I’ve grown as a wife, mom, minister and person in the last year.  As I was considering what God has taught me in the last year, I began to think of all I’ve learned in the course of my life.

Obviously, I couldn’t narrow it down to 29 so here is 34 things I’ve learned in the last 34 29 years.

  1. Sock feet on hard wood stairs has the potential of ending poorly
  2. Cheese on bread in a pop-up toaster is a bad combination
  3. The new-car smell doesn’t last that long
  4. A timely word can lift a spirit
  5. Fresh air is good for the soul
  6. Cookies are better uncooked
  7. Nothing quenches thirst like water
  8. Everyone doesn’t enjoy the luxury of clean water
  9. The grass is not always greener in someone else’s pasture
  10. Don’t judge your worth by someone else’s Facebook timeline
  11. Choosing well before marriage can make a huge difference
  12. No marriage is perfect, even if you choose well
  13. The older you get and the more you learn, the truly stupider you realize you are
  14. The person that coined the phrase  “Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels” was obviously not from the South.
  15. Losing someone you love is a lot easier to cope with if you know you’ll see them again
  16. Getting up early is only worth it if there is a good cup of coffee to go with it
  17. Drama is a natural part of working with people.
  18. Getting to do what you love doesn’t mean you are exempt from dealing with the “other stuff” too
  19. The older I get the less of a competition life is
  20. I can learn something from every person I meet
  21. Bicycles are equally as fun as an adult as they were as a child
  22. There are enough hours in the day to do the things you value most
  23. Dreaming isn’t just for young people
  24. I can’t solve all the problems of the world
  25. You really have no idea what people are really thinking
  26. A teacher always learns more than their student
  27. Where you came from isn’t as important as where you are going
  28. Knowing where you came from helps you make sense of where you are going.
  29. Sounding like your mother isn’t bad if the words you hear coming out of your mouth are spoken in love.
  30. Everyone should take a course in communication, it will change the way you interact with the world.
  31. Bubble bath in a jacuzzi bathtub while the jets are going makes a huge mess.
  32. Baking soda and baking powder are not the same thing and yes, you can tell the difference when you eat it.
  33. Sleeping outside is more fun than it sounds especially if you have Tylenol PM.
  34. Anyone can run their mouth.  It’s those that don’t, whom you should probably listen to.

Question:  Anything you would add or change?  Do you agree with this list?


9 comments found

  1. 1. It really is never too late to live your dream. No. It isn’t midlife crisis.

    2. Cherish your supportive husband.

    3. Stop regretting the person you should have been. Begin today to BE that person.

  2. Love number 26. It’s so true. Every school year I reflect and think “Wow! Those kids really taught me so much this year!”

    I’ve also learned the bubble bath one the hard way.

    1. Holly, I usually find myself wishing I could reteach after I teach because I’ve got so much more that I’ve learned through teaching! Feels like I was really the student instead of the teacher.

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