25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years

1) My alcohol limit (1 beer = de-stressed, 2 = giddiness, 3 = a headache in the morning).

2) How to make a really mean alfredo sauce from scratch.

3) 75% of the time people will let you down.

4) But that other 25% will restore your faith in the human race every time, if you’re brave enough to let it.

5) Being able to quote from a book or a poem will impress people more than memorizing lines from movies.

6) The power of handwritten letters and the importance of staying in touch.

7) I’m much more of a morning person than a night owl, and I actually prefer it that way.

8) The kind of people that deserve a spot in my life, and the kind that don’t.

9) How to say no and how to stand up for what I believe in.

10) What I believe in and what I don’t.

11) If I keep trying something, more often than not I’ll actually learn to enjoy it (except for feta cheese, pesto, and heights).

12) Self expression takes courage.

13) Saying what you mean and utter honesty are the greatest gifts you can give to someone.

14) Tina, Cher, and Whitney can always bring you out of a funk.

15) You really can afford to lose a day or two.

16) There are certain things in life that you simply have to go all in for and can’t compromise (good coffee, craft beers, your emotions).

17) Sometimes you have to be the one to step up and make the first move.

18) My bank account and stomach appreciate it more when I bring salads for lunch.

19) Every word of every Billy Joel song.

20) My preferences: Beethoven over Mozart, sweet over salty, women over men.

21) How to finally incorporate some color into my wardrobe.

22) The importance of always carrying an umbrella, chapstick, and a watch.

23) How to properly pronounce “subsidiary” (not “subsidairy”…).

24) A long walk, airports, or a body of water can solve most problems (something about constant motion).

25) Who I am at my core, what I want out of life, and what I still strive to be.