It's kind of hard to believe that it's been a year since I turned 30, and, to be honest, 30 is not as bad as people make it out to be. I have learned so many different things about myself and the world around me that I never opened my eyes to during my 20's. Is this what getting older is all about? For some more than others, I guess, but here are a few things that I learned this year:
1. Don't judge someone based on memories that you have from years ago. People can surprise you and end up being the nicest people you never thought they were.
I keep running into this couple that I knew back in my school days. Both of them were in the more popular crowed, and the experiences that I had with both of them were not the best. Those kinds of encounters in your early always sour future experiences with people, and sometimes it is hard to let go of those grudges. But these run-ins that I keep having with this couple make me think that that was the way they were in school, and maybe they have changed a lot from those people that I once knew. I know I'm only seeing them for short periods of time in public settings, but they really seem like people I'd like to get to know better.
2. Being 30 is all about being confident with your beauty.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was quite thin in my younger years an then gained a lot of extra weight while I was pregnant. I think that I have a different perspective of my body because I have seen that I truly was not overweight when I thought I was, but I also know that I all of a sudden have these feelings that I don't really care what people think and I feel more confident in myself; not just in my looks, but in how I talk to people and share my thoughts and feelings.
3. When someone give you some form of criticism or evaluation, it's not to be rude or mean towards you.
I realised this year that when my boss talks to me about something I did at work that I should do differently, it's not a dig at me. It's not something that she says to be mean; she says it to help me learn from the situation and to figure out how I could have done something differently and be better the next time the situation comes around, or how to prevent it all together.