30 Pieces of Advice My 30-Year-Old Self Needed

Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. As you go through life, there will be a number of things you’ll wish you could tell yourself years ago, and likely on a variety of subjects ranging from relationship advice to “maybe don’t get that haircut.” Here are 30 of the most relevant pieces of advice that probably apply to your younger self, but are still good reminders at any age.

  1. Not everything has to happen right now. Be patient.
  2. No one has it together. Yes, even the people who really seem like they do.
  3. Save for retirement. The earlier, the better.
  4. It’s okay to ask for help. Life is better when you do.
  5. Don’t stress about your age.
  6. Live in the moment, but don’t forget about the long term.
  7. You are more than your mistakes.
  8. You don’t have to be a superhero.
  9. Enjoy your life.
  10. Your partner should act like a partner, and respect you.
  11. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks about you.
  12. It’s okay that things don’t turn out as planned. Adjust and carry on.
  13. You don’t always have to move forward. Stop and take a breather when you have to.
  14. Worry less.
  15. Take time to enjoy life. Stop and smell the roses.
  16. Take vacations.
  17. Be patient.
  18. Be happy.
  19. Be grateful.
  20. Babies grow up faster than you think.
  21. Teach the kids about money.
  22. Teach them about the value of hard work. (Chores are good!)
  23. Take confidence in yourself.
  24. Don’t take everything so seriously. Lighten up and have fun.
  25. Your friendships will change over time.
  26. Relationships end. It’s not your fault.
  27. Life is chaotic. Make sure you’re spending time on yourself.
  28. This too shall pass.
  29. No one knows everything. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself.
  30. Enjoy waking up pain-free while you still can!

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