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30 Before 30: Chapter Closed

It's time for the final 30 Before 30 post. My birthday is this weekend, so it's time to wrap this series up. This series has consisted of 30 lessons, experiences, opinions, and anything else that I've discovered in my almost 30 years of life.

Today on 30 Before 30....

#18. High school me would be so proud of who I've become. All of me would, but especially my high school self. I was so anxious, overwhelmed, and uncomfortable 90% of the time and I wanted to change that, so I decided to put in the work to achieve that. I am a work in progress, and I am proud of the progress that I have made. 13 years of progress.

#19. I hate it when people are dishonest about their intentions towards me. Be honest. Honesty is the best policy. I'm going to know that you're lying anyway, so you might as well just admit it.

#20. Having roommates was one of the worst experiences ever. Sometimes I think that it would be cool to live with someone that I have a healthy connection with, unlike what I experienced. One roommate left a banana peel squished onto the hardwood floors for days and called it "abstract art." To prevent us from getting bugs, I had to clean his room 1-2 times per week. Thankfully that persons stay was a short one. The other wanted to "spray paint the walls" because he wanted to paint the room without the use of paint for a home. Lots of odd experiences took place.

#21. I watched basically only anime up until I was around 20. There are so many shows and movies that I've never seen before, which is amazing for me because I get to experience so many amazing things for the first time. Feel free to send me show and movie recommendations<3

#22. Being single for such a long is so relaxing. I love being by myself. I require a lot of alone time because for me, re-grouping, releasing, and de-stressing is non-negotiable. The thought of letting someone into my life romantically sounds so foreign. If it happens, then it happens, but if not, then that's not a problem either. I love that for me.

#23. I've been having recurring dreams since childhood. These dreams go deep and each time I have them I get a little further into the dreams. Many of them are apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic. If you know me, then you know that I love horror films, so my dreams being structured like them is ironic, especially since I started having these dreams around the age of 8. There's so much that I've learned through these dreams and a lot of my personal growth is thanks to the lessons that the dreams have taught me. I don't always dream but when I do, it's always something crazy and vivid.

#24. Getting gastritis at a young age was not fun. It's so important to be mindful of what's going into the body because sooner or later, you're going to feel it and it's not fun. Take care of your body. I'm learning to take better care of mine.

#25. I'm learning to stop over-explaining the things that I say and mean. Sometimes I just want people to understand what I'm trying to say but honestly... it doesn't matter. Some people are determined to misunderstand everything that comes out of my mouth and that has nothing to do with me. I just let people believe what they want.

#26. Boundaries are for everyone. Boundaries don't have a gender.

#27. Online safety is so important but is often overlooked. Sometimes I'll see someone post a picture somewhere and instantly I can tell where they're at based on the architecture of the buildings or their surroundings but that means that other viewers can do the same, even if they don’t live in the same city or state as you. It's not hard to find someone's information and I recommend that everyone brushes up on internet security and lessens the amount of personal information that they put out on the forefront. Just because nothing bad online has ever happened to you doesn't mean that it can't. Never think that it couldn't be you. Safety first.

#29. I got my first tattoo from someone that pretended that they knew how to tattoo. I was 16/17. That was probably one of the worst decisions of my life. I went to a tattoo artist to ask him if he would fix it and he asked me if the tattoo was of a "Christmas tree in a graveyard." That was embarrassing because it was script. It was a quote. I'll never forget that.

#30. I don't believe in laughing at the problems and defeats of others. Just as easily as they can get knocked down a peg, so can I. I'm not better than anyone and I'm not except from the curveballs that life unexpectedly throws.

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