This past Friday I turned 30. Wow. There is something monumentally strange about typing that. Probably because a part of me still feels like a teenager, yet here I am, leaving my twenties behind.
My twenties were a big decade for me (as they are for most people!). I graduated college, moved across the country, started my career, had a baby, made mistakes, had victories… lots of life altering stuff.
Most of all I learned a lot— a lot about myself, about relationships and all kinds of other stuff. So in honor of that I thought I would share 30 lessons that I’ve learned in my 30 years. Now I am under no illusions that I am some wise sage. But there are some nuggets I’ve learned and I thought it would be fun to compile some of them for you.
Don’t worry. I am not going to shove 30 lessons down your throat all at once. Instead I have broken them up into categories that I will share over the week. And today I am beginning with Relationship Lessons.
Without Further Ado:
1) Surround yourself with people who you love and who love you. We are relational beings—not only do they offer us comfort they help us to grow as individuals as well.
2) Love your friends and family through their faults. You want them to do the same for you!
3) Know that even the people you love won’t always live up to your expectations. Expectations are for you—not for others.
4) Don’t take advantage of people and don’t let yourself be taken advantage. There are limits to what anyone should accept from another person. Relationships require respect.
5) Relationships have different lifespans. And within those lifespans they have different forms. Appreciate them for what they are to you in a moment of time.
6) Find reasons to laugh with people. Not to complain. People want to surround themselves with positivity- not anguish (regardless of how valid it may be).
So those are my Relationship Lessons. Tell me, what would you add to the list?