I like to self-reflect each year on my birthday, to think about where I have been and where I might be going. And I have to say, just in the past few months even I feel I have learned a lot.
I’ve learned that those things in life that you think won’t affect you, very much can – and some of them will.
I have learned of the amazing power of perspective – how everything looks different to everyone depending on where life has taken them.
I’ve learned how to take criticism and not internalize it in a personal way.
I’ve learned that I will never cease to be a work-in-progress in my marriage, my friendships/relationships, my job, my spiritual life, etc.
I’ve learned that talent helps, but hard work, persistence, and being personable help more.
I’ve learned that I can connect with people through writing.
I’ve learned to filter out the things in social media that drag me down (well, mostly at least).
I’ve learned that there are a lot of people out there who do really love the same things I do, and yet there’s still a unique combination of interests and desires that I have that make me who I am.
I’ve learned that everyone is “faking it until they make it.” Some people are just really good at it. Or I perceive them to be.
And I’ve become more increasingly aware of my faults as I grow older… And though this could be discouraging, I guess it’s good that I notice them. I just need to work on them instead of making excuses.
Ah, the late twenties. I have to admit that there are times I wish I would have accomplished more at this point in my life, but at the same time, I feel pretty content and at peace with exactly where I am at.
Thanks for sticking with my self-absorbed, reflective birthday post! You deserve a slice of chocolate cake if you made it this far! The book/movie/TV posts are coming back soon, I promise. 🙂