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Almost a decade ago I met my husband Chris. At the time I lamented about how I'd just turned 25 and had to check off the 25-34 box in surveys. What could I possibly have had in common with these "real" adults in that age bracket? It's officially time to check a new box on any survey. I can no longer lie and claim that I am in my early 30's because I'm not. I am very different from that 25 year old. A lot has changed in the past decade. I met Chris, moved in with Chris, married Chris, got a new job, went back to school part time and have almost finished my post graduate certificate in public relations, bought a house and had two wonderful little children.
Below are the 10 lessons I've learned or thoughts I would like to share with 25 year old SaraBeth, not that she'd listen anyway. She thinks she knows everything.
- Your parents were probably right.
- People you care about will let you down, but people who you wouldn't expect will pick you up and become really important to you.
- There is never a convenient time to have kids.
- When you think it's a good idea to drink whiskey, that generally means, stop being a jackass and you should just drink lots of Gatorade and go to bed instead.
- Children are a lot of fun, people talk about how much work they are, but never how much fun it is to play.
- You don't know what broke is, yet.
- Say I love you to the people you care about, often. Also, small gestures mean a lot to big people in your life.
- Invest in high thread count sheets and a good mattress. IKEA mattresses were made by the devil and will hurt you immensely in the long-run.
- Just because someone is older doesn't mean that they're a grown-up.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help!
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