Last week I turned 30 years old. I spent a long time imagining how my life would be at this age and to be honest, I was really excited. Unfortunately, the Nicaraguan crisis turned my life upside down, just like it did for thousands of Nicaraguans. Things have changed drastically for everyone and the idea I had of how my 30th birthday would be, turned into a distant memory of something that never happened.
I thought about not even mentioning my birthday on the blog. It just didn’t feel right. The truth is, these days nothing feels right. But I also realized that turning 30 years old is a privilege that many were denied. And while I cannot celebrate because I am in mourning, I do have to be grateful.
So the only thing I can do to show my gratitude is to share with you 30 life lessons I’ve learned over these 30 years. I have no idea what the next decade of my life will be like. All I know is that these 30 ideas have helped me define who I am and where I stand today. And I truly do hope at least one of them turns out to be as helpful to you as they have been for me.
Your mental and emotional stability is worth much more than money. It always comes in first place when it comes to choosing between the two.
Sometimes it seems impossible, but it truly does.
When you’re in the middle of chaos and everything feels so overwhelming, try to focus only on the next five minutes. Divide huge tasks into tiny steps and focus on those.
Being assertive does not mean being rude or insensitive.
Whenever you feel like you don’t know what to do with your life, de-clutter something. Your closet, your bag, your Spotify playlist. It will help you relax and feel like you are in control of your life again.
It’s that simple.
Life is confusing but values are like lighthouses that guide us along the way. They help you set your priorities and make decisions.
It doesn’t matter if it is to a different city or continent. It doesn’t matter if you have already been there a hundred times. You will always learn something new and it will always be worth it. Travels are the best schools.
Because 10 years ago you were an idiot.
Take ownership of everything that happens in your life, regardless of who’s fault is it.
No matter how trivial they may seem. You never know when that random skill will come in handy. Take the time to learn as many as possible.
It is a fun way of entertainment, but nothing else.
Over and over again.
There are no excuses not to look for answers when you have access to Google.
It means to do the right thing, despite fear.
Sometimes it takes a while, but it always comes.
Sometimes it will get you in trouble, but being in trouble is better than having a heavy conscience.
Even the tiniest things count, even when it seems like they may not.
It runs out throughout the day. That’s why goals should not rely on willpower but on discipline.
Never underestimate the power of kindness and politeness.
If you tell them to “calm down” they’ll get defensive. Just show them you understand they’re upset and acknowledge their reasons. They’ll put their guard down and let you speak.
You either win or learn.
It’s a life filled with the right kind of problems. This depends on what’s your core value.
All the time.
If you want to change the way you feel, you have to change the way you think.
Focus on things you can control and try to adapt to the circumstances. In life, you have to be a good planner but also a good improviser.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that these life lessons resonate to you in some way. Please leave me a comment below to know if you liked it and share some of your life lessons. As always, thank you so much for being here and may the force be with you. Until next time!