Anna Marie…age 1!!!
Today is a very special day in our family…it’s our daughter, Anna’s, birthday! So today’s post is a departure – no food, no recipes – just a little something especially for Anna! I knew I wanted to write a special blog post to honor her on her 21st, but it took me several days to decide how I wanted to approach it. I thought about writing about all the reasons I love her, but I thought she might find that a little too personal. And besides – she knows we love her because she’s brilliant, beautiful, independent, courageous, kind, confident, funny, driven, organized, generous, a hard worker, determined, a fantastic friend, a wonderful blogger (check her out at Five Foot & Fabulous), the world’s most amazing example to her niece, passionate about the state of our country, and just the most awesome person I’ve ever known in my whole life! So…no need to mention all those things! 😉
Anyway, I decided that maybe what would actually be fun is to share a few Pearls of Wisdom and Words of Advice with her as she makes the officially-official transition into adulthood! So here we go, Anna! Some of these I’m sure you already know as we’ve seen you live a life of which we could not be more proud. And some of these you probably won’t appreciate until you get even older. And a few of these are Pearls passed down from other members of the family – little gems that I’ve found myself recalling and putting into use at certain times during my life!
- Be kind! Even something as small as letting someone cut ahead of you in the check-out line at the grocery store can make a difference in that person’s life! Being kind is free, but pays huge dividends!
- Laugh…as often as possible! Laugh at yourself especially – you’ll find it’s what helps get you through even the toughest of times!
- Read as much as time allows! Read fiction and non-fiction alike. Both can help us escape, and both can teach us so much!
- Never stop learning! Attend Grad School if you want, sign up for community college courses for fun, learn a new hobby or a different language, read those books we talked about in #3…just never stop learning!
- Pray! I don’t mean you have to go to church, or follow a certain religious protocol. Whether you pray to the God we learned about in church, or the Source, or the Universe itself – prayerfully give thanks for your blessings, and humbly ask for help when you need it!
- Be thankful! Your life is one of privilege, and for that you must always be thankful.
- Get plenty of sleep! This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s so important!
- Eat Healthy Food!!!! Your body will thank you for this, especially as you get older. When you’re young, it’s much easier to get away with eating junk and fast food – but trust me when I say – it’s not worth it in the long run!
- Make exercise a priority. Right now you do a lot of walking on campus, but once you finish school there’ll be less physical activity and movement in your days. Be sure to find time to walk or work out at least a few days per week.
- Learn to cook at least one fantastic meal. You’ll be grateful for this skill someday when you’re looking to impress a future husband, in-laws, or bosses.
- Dazzle ’em with your brilliance, or buffalo ’em with bullshit! This one is thanks to Gran – it’s something she told me when I was about your age, and it’s come in handy many times. I’ve done my fair share of dazzling, but honestly I’ve probably employed the other tactic much more frequently! Turns out – people can’t really tell the difference anyway! 😉
- Work hard and pursue your passions! People appreciate hard workers – and if a future boss doesn’t appreciate your hard work, maybe you need to move on and make that person a former boss! And don’t be afraid to switch career goals…if your passions change, follow your heart!
- Remember your roots. This place, and this family (warts and all), fashioned the person you are today!
- Invest as much as is allowed in your retirement account or 401K. It might seem like a waste of money now, but the next 40 years are going to fly by, and when you get to be in your 60’s you’ll be so incredibly glad you saved that money!
- Travel! You’ve had a chance to do some of this, but I really encourage you to do as much as possible. The world is an amazing place and I’d love for you to experience as much of it as you possibly can – besides I like living vicariously through you! 😘
- You’re a long time old, and a short time young, so enjoy your youth while you’ve got it! Lester told me this one…he was a very wise man!
- Never settle! Marry the man you don’t want to live without, take the job that makes the days fly by, do what makes your heart soar!
- Always be on time – or better yet – always be 5 minutes early.
- Don’t get so busy planning and dreaming of the future that you forget to live today!
- Be the friend you want to have.
- Call your mom…call me often, call me many times per day even! In fact, even if you think you’ve called me enough, call again!
So there you have it, Darlin’…21 Pearls of Wisdom for your 21st Birthday! Given time I’m sure I could come up with many more…but I’ll quit for now! You’re welcome! 😜 And while I didn’t include it on the list, what I want you to remember most is how much you are loved. It’s been the greatest privilege of our lives to be your parents. We’re incredibly proud of you, of the life you’ve cultivated, of the generous heart you share with your family and friends, and we cannot wait to see where your life takes you!
HAPPY TWENTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY, BABY! LOVE YOU!!!
Through the years…..💗