Thursday, August 21, 2008

The End of an Era

Well, here we are. Thirty lessons I’ve learned in my thirty years on this earth. I cannot stress too much how these lessons apply to ME. They may not apply to you, but I thought I’d share them with you anyway.

In no particular order…

1. Spandex underwear is a must.
2. Never wear dress clothes without nylons. Or with flip-flops (gasp!).
3. Never leave the house without lipstick.
4. You never know how much someone means to you until they’re gone.
5. The price you pay and the haircut you receive are not always equal.

6. Investing in good make-up is always worth it.
7. Buy classic black, and you’ll never go out of style.
8. The unconditional love of a pet can make any situation better.
9. You can’t change anyone. Only God can.
10. When you can’t handle it, admit it. Usually it means God wants you to stop trying to handle it.
11. When you’re not happy, fake a smile. Unconsciously, it makes you feel happier.
12. People take priority over things.
13. Styles change; class never does.
14. Everyone should be fat at least once in their lives.
15. Treat others like you would like to be treated, but don’t expect them to.
16. Marriage is essentially two selfish people trying to pretend they’re not. (I stole this from Paul Reiser’s book Couplehood. I read it years ago, and it’s proven itself true time and time again.)
17. If chocolate is the enemy, kill it with kindness.
18. It’s not about us; it’s about Him. (This was my dad’s personal motto.)
19. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Some of the best books don’t even have covers. It’s the story that counts.
20. It’s okay to have grilled cheese for breakfast.
21. Don’t learn a new skill unless you want people asking you to do it for the rest of your life.
22. One lie always forces another somewhere down the line.
23. Be consciously grateful for one new thing every day.
24. Embrace what makes you unique.
25. Be transparent. People would rather see the real you than a big phony show.
26. True friends make time for one another.
27. A little drama goes a long way.
28. View every situation as you might on your deathbed. It never seems quite as bad that way.
29. High heeled shoes are rarely worth it.
30. Tomorrow is your second chance.


October Dawn said...

I'm glad you finally blogged again =) and "happy birthday to you"! I like your lessons...though, you're right, they are not all mine =) Thanks for posting them!

Juliet said...

Wow! You have observed alot in only thirty years! Cannot wait to read your list when you turn the big 40.

So many good ones...of course my favorite if: "It's about Him and not about us."

Love you birthday girl! Love Mom

CANDICE said...

High heeled.... shoes... Lol. I'm still laughing. You looked good though. and.. Those are all great lessons. I say NEVER wear NYLons! Lol. Life is too short. I always like the "It's not about us; It's about Him." But .... God says it was all about us. He died to save us, everything he has done was for his own.Which makes me feel loved.. Doesn't it.. Makes my day. Happy Birthday girl. You are loved. Candice and Brielle.

Deb said...

Happy Birthday, Ann-Marie!
Much love to ya' girl!

Colleen said...

Hope you had a wonderful Birthday. Your gift is in the mail.

Alice said...

I hope you had a great birthday. And had grilled cheese for breakfast.

And I'm really glad you're blogging again!

Heidi said...

I was wondering if something happened to you as you were not at church and you have not blogged.
I personally liked the one that everyone should be fat once in their lives.
Happy Birthday, you youngster.

Laura Brown said...

Happy belated birthday from London! I stumbled across your blog somehow a few months ago and have really been enjoying it. Totally agree about the high heels!

a joyful nusiance said...

Happy belated Birthday. If 50 is the new 30 then is 30 the new 10??? In that case you don't look a day older then 10!! ;)

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Ha!!! I beg to differ-- high-heeled shoes are almost ALWAYS worth it!! And I agree on the lipstick one, although I am learning to wear less make-up.
My multi-talented sister would get such a laugh out of #21!! Poor girl now does all of our hair cuts, cake decorating, paintings, you name it!!
LOVE this list. And, just so you know, you are awesomely transparent. And you make me smile every time I visit your blog.

Ann-Marie said...

Hi, Laura! I'm glad you stumbled into my blog and have enjoyed it! I'd like to read yours too, so if you don't mind, can you e-mail me and invite? :-)