Weekly blogging challenge #9: Things I’ve learned about myself this year.

My 31st birthday is this upcoming Monday. This being my final blogging challenge before my birthday, I thought I’d share a few things I learned in my first year of my thirties. It has been a pretty big year in terms of personal growth for me. I’ve learned a lot about myself and who I want to be, as well as some truths about life.

First thing I learned is that if I want something bad enough and work hard to achieve it that I can accomplish almost anything I desire. Finishing my upgrading was a really eye opener for me. When I first considered going back I was filled with doubt about whether I could succeed. Not only did I finish but I passed all my courses with a better than I could have ever expected grade average.

Secondly because of my schooling, I learned that as much as I love to draw, that writing was a natural talent I have and I should be nurturing it. I try to write as often as possible which is why I started my blog. It’s through my blogging that I’ve been able to open a window into myself and start the process of redefining who I wanna be.

With that in mind that brings me to the third thing I learned. Which happens to be probably one of the most important issues of the past year. A few months back I came the the conclusion I was suffering from a crisis of identity and it left me depressed, lost and unsure how to handle going forward. It was through talking with loved ones and by blogging my thoughts out so I can organize and understand them more clearly that I was able to begin my journey of self discovery. I’m still far away from resolving my identity issues, but I’ve taken a few bigs steps forward.

The fourth thing I learned (or I guess I should say relearned) was just how important smiling is in my everyday life. I posted about this a few months ago in the post “The art of smiling”. My efforts to ensure I smile more frequently has been paying off. I’ve learned that it makes it much easier for me to maintain a positive mood throughout my day. As well how just a lil smile and a polite demeanor can drastically alter your everyday interactions with the people around you. It’s quite interesting to watch the ripple effect it has on those you interact with.

Lastly the fifth and final thing I learned was something people had been telling me for years and being young and stupid I didn’t listen. And that is that when you begin your thirties you realize all your actions and decisions begin to catch up to you. From becoming more concerned about your weight/health, and cleaning up the mess you made of your life in your twenties, to simple things like waking up stiff/sore every morning, or finding yourself unable to relate to current fashion trends or music like you used to be able too. (Like WTF is up with the stupid too small, skinny pants on guys and the girls wearing 80’s couch patterns for pants now?). I guess I should have listened to everyone (Sorry Jodi :p).

Anyway it’s been a good year in my life. With another one coming to a close, I look forward to the challenges the next one has to come and hope there’s decades more life for me to experience. I have a big party planned and look forward to celebrating the end of a great year with some good friends and loved ones. I’ll be sure to take lots of pics to share on my next post.

As always thanks for reading folks. Your support over these past few months has been tremendous.

Mike

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