Hope I get REAL cake for my birthday!

Jinkies, how did I get to be 42? I still, quite vividly, remember planning surprise parties for friends when we were all turning 13.  Or making construction paper cars to put on a locker to make sure everyone knew a friend was turning 16… (and to make her embarrassed… wonder if Sue will read this post?)  Let’s not forget turning 21… and the headache the day after.

Well now it seems I have somehow reached 42! Last year it was my son turning 16 not my friend. (I got 16 cars from the Dollar Tree and hung them over the table instead of the construction paper stand-by.)

Anyway, I’m fine with my age and thought it would be fun to sit down and write the 42 things that came to mind that I have learned in my 42 years.  Some are silly and others just might make you go hmmm… (remember that song? The video is at the end of my list)

So here goes… 42 things I’ve learned in my 42 years

  1. I love my 40s! (and I knew I would!)
  2. Your mom isn’t always right… (unless your name is Kyle and I’m your mom.)
  3. Things you hear as a child STICK in a person’s head for years so be careful what you say to children!
  4. Big Boobs doesn’t necessarily = Sexy. There’s more to it.
  5. Being yourself is always the best way to go in the long run!
  6. Your education doesn’t have to determine the rest of your life.
  7. Risks are rewarded – sometimes with wealth and other times with lessons to be learned.
  8. There is always a silver lining if you are willing to look for it.
  9. Swollen feet on airplanes is not fun.
  10. I love to Twitter!
  11. Highlights aren’t for me – I have dark hair and I love it! (Gray isn’t for me either so I’ll dye the heck out of any that try and invade my head.)
  12. Being a parent is hard work – but worth it.  You get out what you put in.
  13. Everyone doesn’t always choose the best partner.  Pick again. (But not the same person with a different name – lots of people seem to do that too!)
  14. The internet isn’t a fad.  Thank goodness!  How did we survive without it?
  15. Live with no regrets, it makes for a happier life than second guessing yourself.
  16. I’d be really wealthy if all the “Lotto” winnings I got in my inbox were real!
  17. Shoe size has nothing to do with anything except how big your feet are.
  18. Finding someone who gets you is something to be cherished!
  19. Laughter is an awesome way to spend time.
  20. Travel to foreign countries expands your perspective.
  21. Trust your intuition, even if it goes against everyone else’s advice. You usually know what’s best for you.
  22. I can’t sing or dance… and I haven’t quite come to terms with that!
  23. My mom was right: “If you don’t ask, the chances of getting a “yes” are slim to none.”
  24. She was also right when she said, “The worst that can happen is they say no.”  (I’ve discovered you can always survive that.)
  25. My dad was mistaken when he said, “They wouldn’t call it work if it was fun.” (Sorry dad) I have found a way to make work = fun. Yippee!
  26. If you do things right, you really do get wiser when you get older, so listen to those that are even older than you and see what you can learn.
  27. I actually do have a sense of humor. (phew!)
  28. Sometimes it really is ok to sit and do nothing… for hours.
  29. Sometimes you get what you pay for. Other times you get more or less… be careful how you spend your money.
  30. I don’t enjoy cooking.
  31. Not everyone is meant to stay in our lives forever but everyone that comes into your life serves a purpose or provides a lesson you need to learn.
  32. Doing the best you can with what you know at the time is all anyone can ask for.
  33. It’s ok to admit that you were wrong.
  34. Our beliefs don’t always make sense – even to ourselves!  Keep the ones that work for you and try to change the ones that hold you back.
  35. Knowing yourself and being honest with yourself is the key to all things.
  36. Success is more than the size of your bank account.
  37. Time really does seem to pass more quickly the older you get!  (I remember my mom telling me that when I was about 8 and thinking she was nuts!)
  38. I like to know how everything works. Which can cause me to do more than I should by myself.
  39. I’m “micro-social” – I would choose to be with small groups of people over large gatherings.
  40. I’m glad I was able to stay home with my son for 10 years but I’m really thriving building my business and being his mom at the same time!
  41. There is no “right answer” that will work for everyone. (No matter what the question is.)
  42. I’m excited to see what this next year brings…

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No matter how many candles you have on your birthday cake this year I hope you are growing wiser and laughing more with each passing year! Now where’s my cake?

– Tara Reed