This week I had my birthday. Not just an ordinary one, but a birthday that made me feel like some new era is in order to bloom. It was different for so many reasons. I didn’t make a fuss over turning 30, then 31 and 32 felt like a very hip, “I’m-almost-still-in-my-twenties” kind of thing. But 33 hit me a bit. It feels closer to 35, which is so close to 40, which is half of a lifetime already…(I know, 40 is still cool, but let me just panic a bit, thank you very much).
So, after successfully freaking myself out I decided to let the emotions flow through me, and as they eventually passed there was this clear sense of becoming a grown-up (some might say I had already been one for a while, but they don’t fool me). I’m not sure what time it happened, whether close to midnight, probably I slept through the process, but when waking up on the morning of my birthday I actually felt it, THE change, THE shift from being 32 to 33.
Would you like a piece of my knowledge I’ve hoarded by turning 33? Here’s my precious (and long) list (so please keep reading):
- Learn to like and eventually to love yourself – you are the person you spend the most time of your life with, so you better like who you are (with).
- It is OK to not have kids still and…
- … it is also very much OK if you are not even sure whether you want kids at all.
- Hydration is key inside and outside.
- Don’t procrastinate saying “I love you” and/or “I’m sorry”
- Compliment others and yourself, too
- Sugar is not your friend
- When drinking alcohol drink a glass of water for every shot/pint/whatever you have – your body will thank you the next day
- Step out of your comfort zone (a freaky one, I know)
- Work on that orgasm if it (or actually you) does not come easy, but just make sure you have it
- Death is part of life
- It is OK to feel sad/down sometime and…
- … it is more OK to seek for help when you are depressed
- Having a therapist (whether you have mental health issues or not) is a must – therapy helps you to know yourself and make huge changes
- Your parents can be your great friends
- Appreciate what you’ve achieved, how far you’ve come
- Keep in touch
- Have flowers in your home
- Take pictures, snap stories – you’ll love looking back on those moments later, but…
- …also enjoy the moment
- Your bedroom is for sleeping and sex – do not work there (unless you are completing point No 10…)
- Celebrate your birthday, it is a fantastic day and all yours
- Be generous with hugs
- Read a lot (not just FB posts, but actual books and my blog, of course)
- Make sure you go for the regular cancer screenings
- Meditate or just slow down
- It is OK to have some grey hair (you are getting mature)
- Take care of the Earth, of nature
- Eat greens
- It is OK to change your mind
- Be patient with yourself and others
- Your past does not predict your future
- You are already fabulous just the way you are. It is your path, your story, and you are exactly where you need to be right now!
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