Happy International Women’s Day everyone!
Today is my birthday — specifically, it’s my thirtieth birthday, which is a milestone in every woman’s life. As the Pie likes to point out continuously, I’m no longer a twentysomething. I’m now a thirtysomething. When he turns 30 in four months I will be sure to rub it in, don’t worry.
My mother tells me that women only really come into their own when they turn 30. Thirty is when women begin to become powerful and strong. I think it’s a good way to approach this milestone.
On the morning of my twentieth birthday, I sat on the floor of Doodle’s dorm room and I wrote myself a letter, taking my future self to task for all the things I hoped to accomplish in the next ten years. I still have the letter, and today, once I get up the courage to do so, I’m going to read it. I am pretty confident that I’ve succeeded in most of my tasks. I know my past self wanted a PhD by 30, but will just have to be satisfied with a doctorate by 31 instead.
Anyway, in honour of my very important birthday, I thought I would be self-indulgent today and let you in on thirty very important things (in no particular order) that I have learned over the past thirty years.
1. It doesn’t cost anything to be polite.
2. Flossing is not just for wienies. It saves you money on dentist bills.
3. Confidence is extremely attractive.
4. Don’t sweat the small stuff (coming from someone with OCD, this is a pretty tall order).
5. Do your best, or else don’t bother.
6. A work-life balance is important. They won’t fire you for not working overtime.
7. Always pee before you leave. You never know when you’ll get another opportunity.
8. Fibre is more important than you think.
9. Not everything has to be done right now.
10. Simple food made from scratch is the best.
11. Your age and your weight are just numbers. Be happy with being healthy.
12. We inevitably turn into our parents. Just make sure to turn into the best parts.
13. Corgis are awesome dogs. And it’s not just me and the Pie saying that.
14. You can have four best friends. It’s okay.
15. Your partner/spouse should be one of those best friends.
16. People in the service industry have feelings, too. Treat them with respect.
17. Stupid hobbies are only stupid to other people. If you like doing it, keep doing it.
18. If you haven’t worn it or displayed it or used it in over a year, you’re probably not going to. Get rid of it.
19. Never be afraid to either ask for help or to relinquish control. It may be hard, but it won’t make you look bad.
20. When you bend over in pants, people should not be able to see either your butt or the colour of your underwear.
21. In food photography, obey the rule of thirds and use natural lighting.
22. Always wear shoes you can run in if necessary.
23. Don’t buy stuff you can’t pay for right away.
24. Try to learn something new every day so that you can teach someone else.
25. In the winter you are allowed to sacrifice fashion for warmth.
26. The Green Revolution is not a trend. Please recycle.
27. “Water-resistant” does not mean “water-proof.” Especially in Newfoundland.
28. The internet knows a lot of things, but not everything.
29. Procrastination is fine as long as it’s productive.
30. It is the smallest details that you appreciate the most: sunlight on a wooden floor, the curve of a smile, a perfect cupcake. A day on the beach. Take it all in.
And if today is also your birthday, happy birthday to you too!