I always get nostalgic when August rolls around. Sorry, that’s a lie. I always get scared out of my brains when August rolls around. Because my birthday is in August, and ever since my 20th birthday – when I had this major pre-quarter-life-crisis about leaving my teen years behind and entering my twenties with an entirely different kind of life than I’d imagined – I’ve panicked about how quickly the years pass in comparison to my achievements. There is so much that I want to accomplish and do and learn and be, and at almost-24, it sometimes seems like I’m standing in a pit of quicksand in the middle of a busy freeway…why can’t I accomplish and do and learn and be all of the above right this moment? I know this is (mostly) my raging type-A personality getting the upper hand. (It might also be partly due to my parents’ frequent laments regarding their lack of grandbabies…to which I respond by pointing at my younger adult-siblings and reminding them that my womb will be happily collecting cobwebs for the forseeable future.) In effort to combat that, I do my best to focus on what I have achieved, where I’m going, and how greatly I have been blessed. For all the things I still want to achieve (or wish I already had), I’m blessed to be where I am as I head into my last year before the quarter-century mark. I may still be relatively young, but I’ve done a lot of livin’ and a little learnin’ through the years, and thought I’d share some of the more wellness-related lessons with yall. Apparently getting old is making me generous. Who knew?
24 Lessons In 24 Years
- You should never waste your time with cheap whiskey, cheap chocolate, or cheap men (or, for you manfolk, cheap women).
- You will rarely, if ever, regret a full night’s sleep.
- Psychological health and spiritual health are deeply entwined with physical health. All the facets of wellness are interdependent.
- Life is also too short not to be able to laugh at yourself.
- Sometimes you have to build the tracks before the train comes.
- A good “wolf pack” will change your life.
- So will yoga pants.
- Photoshop and the fashion industry are in cahoots, and they can be a huge mindf*ck if you let. (Hint: Don’t let them.)
- Grown-ass women have grown-ass woman bodies, which is a good thing. Embrace it.
- Grown-ass men have grown-ass man bodies, which can be sexy even without a six-pack. Embrace them.
- There are few better combinations in life than: chocolate + coconut; hot tubs + winter nights; eggs + avocado; endorphins + Eminem; grey skies + cigar smoke; dirty jokes + best friends; saltwater + bikinis; campfires + rednecks.
- Clothes are overrated – home is where the pants are not.
- You may never grow out of your “awkward stage,” but you’ll eventually stop caring about it.
- Habits will make you or break you.
- Guys who say they just want to sleep with you really just want to sleep with you.
- You can never drink too much coffee or watch too many How I Met Your Mother reruns.
- A little bit of foam rolling and trigger point therapy goes a long way.
- Lifting heavy things does not make you manly. Being a man makes you manly.
- Your recovery is often more important than your training.
- Just eat the damn food.
- Health and fitness are important, but not the most important. You are more than your body. No one really cares if you have a thigh gap. Seriously, stop obsessing.
- Grind smarter, not harder – prioritize your efforts for the important things in life, because 80% of your output comes from 20% of your work.
- Your fears are worth overcoming. Put your pride aside, try new things, and challenge yourself. No risk, no reward.
- Strive for excellence, recognize your imperfections, and accept that there’s mercy enough to cover it all.
“May you live all the days of your life.”