It’s All About Perspective

I turn in 30 in about 14 hours from now.  I’ve spent a lot (and I mean A LOT) of time thinking about what this means, all of the things that I thought I would have done, seen, and accomplished before I turned 30.

And then I got up this morning, and thought “Girl, seriously, you’re looking at this all wrong.”  So today, instead of listing all the things I’ve yet to do, here’s all the wonderful things that I’ve accomplished.

30 Things to Be Proud Of

  • I’m a homeowner – all by myself!  Never thought that would happen.
  • I earned a graduate degree – and MBA.  Never thought I’d have those letters after my name, that’s for sure.
  • I no longer HATE driving.  In fact, sometimes, I think I actually kind like it.
  • I became a concert junkie!  I still remember when I thought, wait a minute, I’m making money and this is what I want to do with it.
  • I went to Far Fair in Nashville – saw the humid, the crazy, and the crazed and slept 18 hours in 5 days.
  • I traveled to Spain and got that stamp in my passport – tapas totally rock.
  • I lived alone – and hated it – then lived alone and didn’t so much.
  • I won $15,000 because I was just so good at telling the story of my patheticness – patheticness for the win!
  • I discovered what I wanted to do with my life, early enough that I might be able to make all my dreams come true. J
  • I had a literary agent rip me to shreds and years later had another one tell me I can write. J
  • I’ve made friends and lost friends – and thankfully made more than I’ve lost.
  • I wrote a book that’s awesome but no one’s ever going to read.
  • I wrote a book that’s even more awesome and hopefully thousands of people will read.
  • I ran a 5K – I didn’t even know I wanted to do that (the word ‘run’ is used very liberally here).
  • I sang karaoke in a bar.
  • I did NOT beat up my brother in the womb when he was getting on my nerves – and no matter what he tells you, he IS the evil twin.
  • I got lost in the worlds of others – tv, movies, books – and learned to never apologize for it.
  • I figured out Bruce Willis was dead at the end of the Sixth Sense WAY before anyone else did (and yes, I still brag about that).
  • I got a job right out of college and made it into a job I’d want.
  • I fell down – literally, I’m the clumsiest person you’ll know – but I never let it stop me from getting right back up.
  • I discovered that I could live without cheese – but life wasn’t worth it – and I could live without gluten – and life still is.
  • I once flipped my brother over my shoulder in a fight – don’t know how I did it, was never able to do it again, but it was epic.
  • I got my sister to make me delicious gluten-free bagels – though I am eternally still waiting on that cheese soufflé.
  • I taught my nephew to say my name in the cutest little baby voice and I to smile every time Aunt Val walks into a room.
  • I started liking my family as people and people as my family.
  • I painted my bedroom bright yellow so I’ll always have something to smile about.
  • I shot a gun – and felt appropriately bad ass doing it even if it did injure me and I couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.
  • I discovered that an attitude is the biggest factor in what side of the bed you wake up on.
  • I learned that the most important part of making lists is knowing when to stop measuring yourself against them.

About toadette16

Val is a useless wanderer who doesn't like to travel, a creative muse who's too lazy to pick up a pencil, a hot-blooded girl who likes to be
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2 Responses to It’s All About Perspective

  1. Sonja says:

    You are amazing. You have done amazing things, and the best is yet to come!

  2. arlencox says:

    That’s a pretty nice list. Keep it up! Happy Birthday!

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