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26 Candles…

I kind of can't believe that I'm 26. I'm officially closer to 30 than 20! Scary...

Today, Novem­ber 12, 2008, is my 26th birth­day. As such, it is only fit­ting that I take a moment to look back and reflect on the last year of my life. Please humor my navel-gazing; I’m a writer, it comes with the territory.

26 Things I Learned (or re-learned) at 25:

  1. Love can hap­pen when you least expect it.
  2. If you con­stantly set­tle for less, be it in work, friend­ships or rela­tion­ships, you will ulti­mately never get what you deserve.
  3. Twit­ter is awesome.
  4. CHANGE is actu­ally possible.
  5. Django.
  6. My instincts about peo­ple are usu­ally more right than wrong.
  7. Work­ing with peo­ple from all over the coun­try (or world) is reward­ing and makes meet­ing in per­son that much better.
  8. TV sea­sons dur­ing a writ­ers strike totally blow. Even though I fully sup­port the WGA, trun­cated sea­sons blow.
  9. It is pos­si­ble to make a movie based on a TV show that doesn’t suck (see, Sex and the City: The Movie and Get Smart).
  10. Even if it doesn’t get to be my full-time career, film is still my ulti­mate passion.
  11. Lisa is my Diana (or I’m hers — Anne of Green Gables ref­er­ence). I love you Lisa!
  12. Mac fans are freaky crazy. They’re awe­some, but they are insane. I’m glad to be one of them.
  13. The flut­ter­ing sen­sa­tion of see­ing my byline in print or online hasn’t disappeared.
  14. Being in a healthy rela­tion­ship under­scores how dys­func­tional my pre­vi­ous rela­tion­ships really were.
  15. Some­times it is nec­es­sary to emo­tion­ally cut peo­ple out of your life. I’m bet­ter for it.
  16. I can usu­ally accom­plish what I set-out to accom­plish. Set­ting men­tal goals is important.
  17. Los­ing out on some­thing is OK. It can often lead to bet­ter opportunities.
  18. Never under­es­ti­mate the per­son on the other end of the phone or e-mail. He or she could change your life.
  19. It is pos­si­ble to grow at least two inches after turn­ing 25. It’s fucked up and weird, but possible.
  20. I CAN get too thin. I have to remind myself of this because when I start to look nor­mal (now), I can’t men­tally see myself as fat.
  21. I love pub­lic speak­ing. I’m good at pub­lic speak­ing. I need to do more of it.
  22. There are two Apple prod­ucts one must never buy: The Mighty Mouse and the orig­i­nal in-ear ear­phones (the unre­leased revi­sion might be better).
  23. The iPod Touch really does kick ass. Too bad AT&T sucks so much.
  24. Humor is a nec­es­sary and impor­tant part of any rela­tion­ship — per­sonal or pro­fes­sional. If you can’t laugh, I can’t deal with you.
  25. It’s OK to get per­sonal on this site.
  26. I’m grate­ful to be alive. And for me, this a huge statement.

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8 people have left comments

kel­snotchels - Gravatar

kel­snotchels said:

Happy birth­day! And con­grats on real­iz­ing 25 awe­some things about life. :D

Posted on: November 12, 2008 at 11:34 pmQuote this Comment
smoodin - Gravatar

smoodin said:

26 years! I never thought of that, you look like 21 or so… Any­way, con­grat­u­la­tions!! I really liked your state­ments no. 1, 15, 24 and 26 Keep it up! Life Goes On!!!

Salu­dos desde Mexico!

Posted on: November 22, 2008 at 6:33 pmQuote this Comment
the famous nemo - Gravatar

the famous nemo said:

I am going to be 33 now and I still havent learned those 26 things.

Posted on: December 7, 2008 at 10:02 amQuote this Comment
Den­nis - Gravatar

Den­nis said:

Happy birth­day. Sorry I’m late. I’m in love with your writ­ing, and look for­ward to check­ing out more. (Found you through Twit­ter, btw.)

Peace,

Den­nis

Posted on: December 16, 2008 at 9:37 amQuote this Comment
Zach - Gravatar

Zach said:

Happy birth­day! I hit 32 this year; it’s fine, but I miss 26.

Posted on: December 16, 2008 at 4:48 pmQuote this Comment
Rebecca - Gravatar

Rebecca said:

You com­plain about being 26? Try being 31! LOL!

So glad to hear that most of your 26 top­ics i have already learned, though later in life.

Here’s to the years ahead! Happy BDAY!!!

Posted on: December 26, 2008 at 9:14 pmQuote this Comment
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Puleen said:

This was a great post. I am glad I came across it. Some of what you feel, applies to a lot of us. Spe­cially #15! :)

Cheers!

Posted on: December 27, 2008 at 7:53 pmQuote this Comment
Bas - Gravatar

Bas said:

Hi there,

Nice post, don’t worry about the age! I’m 32 and to be hon­est … I feel like 32 and I enjoy it. Every age has it’s up’s and down’s and I’m con­vinced that with a pos­i­tive view on life, you can enjoy it all.

cheers on 2009!

Bas

Posted on: December 29, 2008 at 7:36 amQuote this Comment