I had no idea half birthdays existed until I met the woman who would become my wife. She not only celebrates people’s birthdays but also the point in the year half-way to their next birthday.
Well, as someone who thinks birthdays should be celebrated for at least a week anyway, I thought this idea of adding even more celebration in between was great. So we celebrate half birthdays at our house.
T0 celebrate mine today I’m offering some lifetime-learned observations. Twenty-eight of them, in fact, because that’s half the number of years I celebrated at my last birthday. (And who am I kidding? No one wants to read a list as long as I am old.)
The links in the list go to posts where I expand on how I learned my lessons. If you have more life lessons, please feel free to add them in the comments. I can use all the help I can get.
1. It’s OK to stop and pull your socks back up.
2. Don’t worry about gray hair. Be thankful you still have hair.
3. Speaking of hair, don’t be afraid to try a new haircut.
4. When you feel the urge to text your spouse (or other important person) just to say hi and see how they’re doing, give in to that urge.
5. If your teenager walks into your bedroom and wants to chat just as you’ve turned the light off to go to sleep, turn the light back on and chat.
6. Saying “No” is wonderful. Then again, learn to say “Yes” to some things you haven’t done before.
7. Don’t look for reasons to dance. Just dance.
8. Encouragement is encouraging! Go out and do some!
9. When it comes to new food, if there’s a culture somewhere on the planet that features whatever it is as one of their regular dishes, give it a try.
10. Bacon. Yes.
11. Ask for help. You know you need it. Never asking for help is not OK.
12. The Bible is worth reading over and over and over again.
13. Getting up early to exercise won’t kill you.
14. Staying up too late will keep you from being able to get up early to exercise. Don’t be afraid to have a bedtime earlier than most toddlers.
15. My wife loves me, or perhaps I should say she knows me really well and loves me anyway. That alone is cause to give thanks to God.
16. When given a choice between chocolate and vanilla, say yes.
17. Parenting is an adventure.
18. Never pass up the opportunity to say a kind word to someone.
19. Try something you’ve never done before, even if you know other people will be a lot better at it than you.
20. There are a lot of people with fascinating stories in this world, more than you could ever listen to in a lifetime. Listen to as many as you can.
21. Help comes from the most unexpected people sometimes.
22. Some things you never outgrow, and some of those things are really embarrassing at times.
23. People need you.
24. There are some really hard parts of the Bible.
25. A glass of cold water is usually more satisfying than whatever you first started reaching for.
26. It’s good to be friends with people who are different from you.
28. You never know what’s coming next.