Today is my 41st birthday.

To celebrate the occasion I thought I’d make a list of the things I believe to be true about life on this particular day; in no particular order.

  1. You’re responsible for the quality of your life.
  2. No one is going to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.
  3. Being kind to every single person you meet is the only antidote to being a jerk.
  4. Start the day with movement for yourself (for me it’s running / yoga).
  5. Every day is the best day ever.
  6. When you think about someone, tell them. Call if possible but a quick text will do.
  7. Always be on time. Don’t make people wait.
  8. Be content with what you have. More doesn’t necessarily mean better.
  9. You can never have too many friends.
  10. Invest in nice linen.
  11. I function best with 9 hours of sleep but can survive on 4 hours.
  12. Don’t wear your Apple watch during family time because it's distracting.
  13. You can’t be good at everything so just focus on a few things you actually care about.
  14. You’re going to suck at way more stuff than you’ll be good at. Focus on the good.
  15. Be brave and believe in yourself.
  16. Sending out good vibes attracts good vibe people.
  17. Learning Bass is better than watching Netflix.
  18. Tell people you love that you love them regularly.
  19. If you don’t set your own boundaries, other people will.
  20. You’ll have to do pelvic floor exercises for the rest of your life.
  21. Life’s challenges are not obstacles on the path, they are the path.
  22. Accept compliments with grace.
  23. Stress is relative. Everyone is fighting their own demons so don’t compare.
  24. I’m way more fun sober.
  25. Assume everyone is trying their best, all the time.
  26. There never is a ‘right moment’ so don’t wait for it.
  27. Today could be your last so enjoy it.
  28. Your best days are still ahead of you.
  29. Start every confrontation with “the story I’m telling myself is…”
  30. You don’t need to finish reading a book if you’re not into it.
  31. You don’t need to eat everything on the plate.
  32. Listen to what's being said instead of working on your response.
  33. Forgive yourself daily.
  34. You’ll never regret exercising.
  35. No one is as interested in your life as you are. Everyone is the centre of their own universe.
  36. You don’t know what you don’t know.
  37. Smile at strangers.
  38. Don’t be a dickhead.
  39. Gratitude is the only path to a fulfilling and meaningful life.
  40. It’s all going to be ok.
  41. It’s either good news or a good story.

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