32 things I’ve learned in 32 years
Today is my birthday, and I’m celebrating with a list of 32 things I’ve learned as in many years.
This isn’t a definitive list of the most important things I’ve learned, just what came to mind.
- You can only have as many true friends as you have fingers.
- “Good” coffee is a balance of quality and convince.
- Semper ubi sub ubi (Always where under where — it’s a Latin joke, but also good advice when you read it aloud).
- Η ΤΑΝ Η ΕΠΙ ΤΑΣ (Come back with your shield, or on it)
- There’s always something different, you just have to look for it.
- Discipline is a vehicle for joy.
- Make time to spend with people you care about.
- Tweak your system, but don’t have a system that’s just tweaking.
- There’s good food in every town, you just have to look for it and enter with no expectations and an empty stomach.
- It’s a lot of work to have long hair.
- Don’t over subscribe to RSS feeds or over follow on Twitter
- If you think you have something funny or edgy to say, text it to your group of friends first.
- You slowly pick up traits of the 5 people you spend the most time with or talk to.
- You can only physically be in one place at any moment — don’t try to be at both.
- Turn read receipts on for Messages.
- It’s easier to find a job when you have a job.
- If you have an idea, write it down.
- Our minds aren’t filing cabinets for information and to-dos, have a system.
- Making broth is one of the most fulfilling things you can cook.
- When you look at WebMD, remember that they need to say “see your doctor” for liability reasons, you might not need to.
- Seeing your favorite band multiple times on the same tour is incredibly rewarding.
- When two cars hit each other, it’s a crash, not an accident: You don’t know the intent of the motorists.
- Movie theaters are really the best way to see a movie.
- Study what interests you, not what you think will get you money.
- Don’t drive too fast.
- Turn off most of the notifications on your phone and computer.
- If you do anything with social media for work and post personally as well, get two phones.
- Some folks just can’t grow a beard (myself included).
- File organization is important on computers.
- Back your files up, and back up the backups.
- If you see something that catches your eye, take a picture, it might never occur again.
- Don’t get mad at other people, there’s no way you have any idea what they are going through.
One more: The best way to do something is often just to do it.