24 Things I’ve Learned by 24, part 1

I am in the midst of what some might call a quarter-life crisis: I am about to move across the country to pursue a masters degree that has no clear connection with what I want to do with my life.  I, however, refuse to call it such, primarily because my life is likely more than one-fourth over, and secondarily because it actually makes perfect sense if you know the full story.  Needless to say, the last year has brought a lot of interesting changes in my life, and I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two.  But for the sake of a catchy title I’m going to stretch that thing or two into twenty-four things.

On being a responsible adult:

1. Still want a dog, same as last year.  Still shouldn’t have one.

2.  Living by myself has indulged basically every selfish tendency I have.  And as much as I enjoy never cleaning or folding my clothes and binge-watching shows on Netflix, I probably need a roommate.  At least then I will feel compelled to not be a lazy slob for someone else’s sake.

On life in general:

3.  If you’re going to take a step outside your comfort zone, you may as well make it a stomp instead of a step.

4.  Black Coffee Roasting Company‘s Bourbon Roast is without a doubt the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted.

5.  Counting your blessings is a pretty effective agent of contentment.

6.  So is moving and realizing how much excess stuff you have.

7.  Watching people you love tie the knot is one of the most joy-filled things in life.  Especially when it’s accompanied by champagne, food, and dancing.

8.  Having big dreams and little direction is simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating.

9.  Lasting change is almost exclusively produced by discomfort.  Believe me, I have more anecdotes about this than you could possibly want to hear.

10.  A person’s value is not in his or her functionality.  If I can really, truly wrap my mind around this it will dramatically change the way I view and treat everyone, including myself.


For the sake of brevity, that’s all for now.  Stay tuned for part two, containing bits of quasi-wisdom about relationships and spirituality.