Saturday, April 18, 2009

Things I've Learned...

In honor of me celebrating being 29 years young today, I figured it would be appropriate to share a few things I’ve learned on this journey called life. There have been many points when I thought I knew sooooo much, only to have lived a few years longer and realize I had so much more to learn. So here I am, entering my last year of my 20’s with a wealth of knowledge under my belt but realizing that there is probably still a ton more to find out. For now though, I’m going to focus on what I do know and be grateful that I’ve lived long enough to gain these valuable experiences.

1. Friends are the family you get to choose. Make sure you choose wisely. These people will help shape you into the person you are to become. Luckily for me, I am a good person and I know just who to thank.

2. Always travel with a clean pair of underwear and a toothbrush. There is nothing worse then having unexpected travel delays or lost luggage and you are without these two things. Trust me.

3. Buy a MAC computer. Once you go mac, you never go back.

4. When a person shows you who they really are, believe them. Don’t go by their words, or what kind of person you want them to be, or think you can change them into…believe what you see.

5. If you have an athletic kid, see if they are any good at tennis. They might as well be paid well for their superb athletic ability.

6. Understand that it’s cool to have your own sense of style, but still try and think ahead…to what it will look like in pictures a few years later.

7. Don’t ever put sun-in in your hair…at least if your hair is like mine and you have my skin color. Orange, fried hair is not the business.

8. No matter how much you like the spotlight, don’t sing solo’s in the church play or the school talent show if you CAN’T sing.

9. If at all possible, make sure you have health insurance and dental insurance.

10. Sometimes the people you love so dearly will not be here as long as you expect them to be. Make sure you cherish people in the present.

11. Understand that he more than likely has his phone with him, and he didn’t accidentally leave it at home.

12. Designer jeans are worth every penny.

13. Always make time for your friends. Make the time, don’t just find it or squeeze it in.

14. Wear undergarments underneath your sweats at all times.

15. Date the kind of people you would want to marry. (I know this even if I may not practice it 100%)

16. Figure out early on if you are lactose intolerant. This will be helpful information at pizza parties and dessert time.

17. Read a lot of books. It increases your vocabulary and is a ton of fun.

18. Don’t give yourself highlights at home the day before high school starts. You just might resemble a lion…or a cheetah. Neither one is very desirable.

19. Control your obsessions with people who play characters on a T.V. show. For example, you might not be very proud of yourself for wearing heart shaped earrings with a picture of Dylan McKay after you’ve graduated middle school.

20. Know that your heart won’t stay broken.

21. Don’t stuff your bra…not with tissue paper anyway.

22. Find a church that you really like and enjoy so that it is something you look forward to every week.

23. Put your energy where your heart is. No matter what other people may think you should do with your life, at the end of the day do what makes you happy.

24. Own a Blackberry. They’re awesome.

25. Know that you can’t trick your mother by putting another 6th grader on the phone pretending to be an adult.

26. Trust that owning high quality, expensive purses, is an investment…a good one at that!

27. Pick two physical qualities in a man (or woman) that are desirable and forget about the rest. Yes, a perfect 10 would be nice but, a. they don’t really exist, and b. they are probably entirely too full of themselves if they do.

28. To have good friends you must be one.

29. Always be your own #1 fan. Nobody knows you better than you know yourself and if you don’t think you’re fabulous, why should anybody else?

Happy Birthday to me...and may I keep getting wiser as the years go by!


Cormac said...

Happy Birthday! What a way to spend your Bday :) Drop one on the track in Dakar!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday...truly enjoyed the post!

#2 Fan ;)

Erin Michell said...


Britt's Future Man said...

Happy Bday!! And may this year bring you all the things you desire.

Dana said...

Haha! These were great! Happy Birthday chica!!

Daniel said...

Ms. Glenn,
Truly the best read of the day! I knew you had some sense. It shows in the things you’ve learned to understand in life. Important things so many refuse to ever learn.
My few comments on them:
#7,11,14,18 and 25 – LOL!!! And #16 too. (Wonder what happened, lol).
#27 – you totally floored me on that one. Not because I thought you over-focused on this, but the insightfulness to grasp that. It is SO true. Funny, I’ve settled on 2 also!
All the others, good lessons of life!

Now, if I only wouldn’t get desperate and violate #15, I could save myself some more trouble ….

Anonymous said...

Great useful lessons Brianna!!! Have a Happy Birthday and many more!!

Jackie E. said...

Happy Brithday Brianna! Hope u had a good one. Dave told me how you ran over there so congrats on the races and collecting some dough:-) Not a bad b-day gift for yourself!

Jasmine said...

Is it weird that I remember almost 85% of this list?! We're SO besties! ;)

homegirl said...

Happy Birthday, Brianna!
May you continue to be blessed and fabulous ;)

Jon Lustig said...

Yay Bri! Just got the internet back up out here and saw that you took the 200, happy birthday indeed! I think you've found the answer to your pursuits abroad: no fun. kidding...

Much as I'd like to claim to have a good reason to object to #3 on behalf of my fellow Windows slaves, all I have is the knowledge that in my experience I just haven't been able to do certain things as quickly on a Mac as I can on...that other kind. I'd be totally lying if I didn't admit to being observed on numerous occasions walking away while loudly muttering to myself after tactilely ogling my sister's new MacBook.

Oh, and you have my permission to post as many pictures of yourself holding your new #26 as you like. I won't be offended.

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Shannon said...

I like #4. I have learned that too, but for some reason, I always forget it.

...and at least they weren't David Silver earings.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! You had me rolling at number 3!!

Marcus said...

#14??? I wanna know about the experience that taught you that lesson.

Wait, I'm being told a previous blog addresses it. I'll be back.

Marcus said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Oh my God. How did you not at least feel a breeze???