30 Things I Wish I’d Knew Before I Was 30

  1. Don’t live and die by your friends; they come and go.
  2. Always put your family first.
  3. What you wear, say and do doesn’t make you cool.
  4. Being generous, kind and fun makes you cool.
  5. In a years time you’ll have forgotten about that gadget/dress/pair of shoes/whatever it is you must have and you hate your parents for saying no to. Don’t sweat it.
  6. Wealth is determined by happiness, not money.
  7. There’s something worse than rejection: regret.
  8. It doesn’t matter how many friends you have. What matters is what kind of friends they are.
  9. Life’s too short to waste on bad books.
  10. Things are never as bad as you think.
  11. Walnut whips are marshmallow inside. You can just take the nut off the top.
  12. It’s always okay to ask for help.
  13. It’s always okay to offer help.
  14. Being openly enthusiastic can sometimes be daunting but it’s always more rewarding than cynicism.
  15. It’s okay to meet your heroes. Just don’t expect them to remain so afterwards.
  16. Don’t make promises that people want to hear; make promises that you’ll want to keep.
  17. The Cub Scouts told you to be prepared. But so did Scar and look what happened to him. Don’t wait until you feel totally prepared.
  18. Give your parents a break; they’re doing their best and you’re not easy to live with.
  19. Measure twice, cut once.
  20. Start writing now.
  21. Buy stock in Apple. Trust me.
  22. Don’t stress about the little slights and injustices in the world. They’re not worth worrying about.
  23. Your mum was wrong; you should have spent more time playing with computers.
  24. Don’t give up on those art classes.
  25. Or the piano.
  26. Pay attention to Dad when he’s trying to teach you DIY. You’ll need that knowledge. Seriously.
  27. Don’t get too excited about the Matrix sequels.
  28. And don’t even get me started on the Star Wars prequels.
  29. There’s always a hundred reasons to wait or to hesitate. Just do it already.
  30. You still won’t feel like a grown-up.

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