Happy Birthday To Me: 28 Things I’ve Learned In 28 Years

Birthday cupcakes

Today is my birthday – my favorite day of the year (duh!).

When I was a kid, I looked forward to my birthday for all the things it meant, like turning another year older; having a super awesome party with cake and presents; getting loads of attention from my parents, my sisters, and my friends; phone call after phone call from all of my family members; and just the fact that this was a day that was all about me.

Now that I’m older, I still look forward to my birthday every year. Getting older is less exciting, but oddly enough, I still look forward to getting older. With each year that passes, I add more experiences, more knowledge, more skills, and more friends to my life. I look forward to celebrating with my loved ones, getting extra attention, getting gifts, and treating myself to a gift or three – from me, to me.

This year, my birthday is on a Monday so I’ve taken the day off work (I never work on my birthday because, fuck that). I celebrated with my friends over the weekend (via a potluck/pool day!), and I’ll be celebrating with my family tomorrow. Today I have big plans for spoiling myself rotten.

Since today is my 28th birthday, I thought it might be fun to write a post about 28 things I’ve learned throughout my 28 years of life. I’m going to try my best to make each item something that I learned (or probably learned) during or at least close to the age I was, starting with 1, and moving all the way up to 28. So here it goes…

  1. Sometimes (okay, let’s face it, all the time at this point) you need someone else to take care of you.
  2. Words are essential to communication. Use them.
  3. Sometimes the place you call home will change, but that’s okay, as long as the people/animals you love come with you.
  4. As time goes by, things can and will start to change, (like for instance, your big sister/best friend will start going to school, and you’ll be home alone with mom for like, a bazillion hours during the day).
  5. Change isn’t always a bad thing (like when you finally get to go to school too).
  6. Some people don’t like other people for really stupid reasons (I still don’t understand why the color of a person’s skin would make them unlikeable).
  7. Sometimes you might get in trouble for things you didn’t actually do. It’s called being in the wrong place at the wrong time. (In my case, I was in the wrong class, for like a whole year).
  8. Don’t pull someone’s chair back while they are standing up. When they try to sit down, they will fall on their ass, and you will get in trouble. This isn’t the kinda shit that just happens on TV. It happens in real life too. (In other words, just don’t be mean to people)
  9. Friends will come and friends will go (sad face).
  10. Sooner or later (if you’re a female) you will bleed from your vagina (TMI? Nah you already new this one).
  11. Starting over is scary, but sometimes you don’t have a choice (like when transitioning from elementary school to middle school).
  12. Some people are just plain mean. It’s not about you though. It’s probably about them, and the things they’re struggling with in their own lives.
  13. The whole bleeding out of your vagina thing… that doesn’t just happen one time (seriously, I thought it was a one time deal).
  14. Learn how to be there for yourself, because sometimes even your best friends won’t have time for you.
  15. Teenage boys are jerks
  16. But not all of them
  17. Just kidding, they’re all jerks.
  18. Disappointment is real (like not getting into the one college you really wanted to go to)
  19. Do not live with your friends (especially if they have proven themselves to be clinically psychotic again and again since you were 12).
  20. Long distance relationships don’t always last.
  21. Drinking with your parents is super fun. (Yes I’ll take another shot. Thanks daddy.)
  22. If you’re going to go to college, study something you care about, even if everyone keeps telling you there’s no money in it. If it makes you happy, that’s what’s important.
  23. Just because you want something doesn’t mean you’re going to get it, but if you work hard enough, you just might.
  24. Having a broken heart can be physically painful.
  25. It’s okay to need help, and if you need help, get help.
  26. Being an adult is really hard (who knew that all the times my parents said, “money doesn’t grow on trees,” they were being super serious?).
  27. True love really does exist (and apparently you can find it in the Publix check out line).
  28. Your 20’s go by really fast. (Am I really going to be 30 in the next couple years?).

There you have it, 28 things I learned in 28 years. I hope you found this list helpful, or at least somewhat interesting. If you have a birthday post about things you’ve learned over the years, link it in the comments below, I’d love to read through your nuggets of wisdom.

Happy Birthday to me here’s to another year of learning, growing, living, and loving.


Photo Credits To: Much Ado About Beatrice


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