10 Things I’ve Learned Since Turning 30

This photo was taken in the second half of my 20s. I am now in the second half of my 30s. Really, though, I just like the look my daughter is giving me. I think that's one thing that probably won't ever change.

This photo was taken in the second half of my 20s. I am now in the second half of my 30s. Really, though, I just like the look my daughter is giving me. I think that’s one thing that probably won’t ever change.

I turn 36 on the 14th of May. Many things I’ve learned thus far in my 30s challenge assumptions I made in my 20s.

Here is a Top 10 list.

Hoping you’ll add your own wisdom, especially those who’ve already rounded out the back half of this decade.

10. Nobody is better than you. You are no better than anyone else.

9. Secrets and regret are not the same thing. We all have both, or will. Also: There’s an awfully good chance someone you love and admire has done something they don’t want you to know about.

8. Sometimes there are smart people who don’t speak up. There also are times when people would be smart to shut up.

7. Most things aren’t about you. Ironically, if you want them to be – they will be.

6. There is nothing you can do that’s original in this world. Someone else has already done it. The bad news is you always have competition. The good news is you’ve always got company.

5. “Sparing someone from bad news” makes that person feel disrespected and foolish, not protected and loved.

4. Close-mindedness exists in all political parties and religious faiths, including yours.

3. If you talk ugly about people to others, the latter will assume you’ll talk about them, too.

2. There are infinite ways to love other people.

1. Sometimes the only thing wrong is that you’re bored. Often that is the worst possible thing to be.


14 thoughts on “10 Things I’ve Learned Since Turning 30

  1. I agree with Joyce, and I knew you before you were 36 too. We need to work on #5 as a family. Also, I couldn’t agree more regarding 10 and 2. (I don’t remember the back half of 30.)

  2. Happy Birthday, Knight! As someone who has rounded out their back 30s and then some (I’m 43), I would simply add one thing: You can’t underestimate the importance of being happy. It’s not selfish to want to be happy. When you’re happy, you can do more … for yourself and for others. And happiness comes from within. Other people can make you unhappy (and they should be avoided), but you shouldn’t rely on them to make you happy. That’s up to you.

    PS – I’ve enjoyed your blog since finding out about it on Twitter, I believe. We met a year ago or so when you and some of your colleagues from The Tennessean came to an American Cancer Society meeting to talk to our group about social media, etc.

    • That is so true, Liz. I had someone compare it one time to what the flight attendants tell you: You have to put the oxygen mask on your own face before you can help someone else with theirs.

      Also: We’ll have to get back to the American Cancer Society. I’m sure there are more ways for us to work together than just a bunch of editors standing up and chatting. 🙂

      • Love the flight attendant analogy. 🙂

        I’m sure ACS would be happy to have you come back. I no longer work there or live in Nashville, but I’d be happy to put you in touch with those who do. I’ve relocated back to my home state of Virginia and work for a foundation at the University of Virginia.

  3. First, how can you possibly be 36?? Second, happy birthday, Knight. Third, you have more wisdom than people twice your age! Cheers to many more years of living life to its fullest.

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