It’s my birthday today and I’ve turned the big 3-0. I don’t feel it and I get told I don’t look it which are both great in my opinion! My birthday has got me in a bit of a reflective state – more than any other birthday that I’ve had. I think it has something to do with the fact that my age has a “3” in front of it now, and lots of big life changes happen in your thirties. There are a lot of people getting married (Andrew and I are still in the midst of planning our wedding!), having babies, buying houses etc. You get the gist. I wanted to write this post to reflect on the lessons I’ve learnt thus far. I originally thought that this would be a difficult task but I’ve actually had to cut down the list. Here’s my list and please feel free to let me know what you’ve learnt about life so far, no matter what age you are.
1. One quote that I will always remember was something that Raya from @rayawashere mentioned during the Live the Adventure Summit that Andrew and I went to earlier in the year. She said, “you can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” This quote was originally said by Data Von Teese and resonates so much with me. When I was younger I used to act in ways that would help me ‘fit in’ but over the years I’ve learnt that you should just be yourself.
2. I will remember the experiences not the things I owned. Do I remember that jumper I really wanted at the time and told myself that it would be my favourite jumper forever? No. Do I remember the time I jumped out of a plane at 12,000ft during sunset in Queenstown, New Zealand? Of course! I’ve learnt over the years to collect memories and not things.