| 27 truths |

today i am 27. (that sounds much older to me than what i felt like last year turning 26.) often birthdays go by and i don't notice feeling older. but this year, the more i think about it, the further i feel from a year ago. so in honor of 27, i thought i'd share 27 truths that i've learned (in my quarter + of a century) and want to fight to keep believing.

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27 truths for 27

  1. humility is a stronger stance than pride
  2. you’ll never regret generosity
  3. people long to be loved, not impressed
  4. we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. –anaïs nin
  5. there should be at least 2 people who know you deeply, candidly, and in your darkness
  6. do more of what makes you happy
  7. if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. – thorin oakenshield II, the hobbit
  8. time is precious, waste it wisely
  9. surround yourself by people who have what you want
  10. making mistakes is better than faking perfections
  11. everything (worth anything) is hard before it is easy
  12. a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
  13. every belief and value should be investigated
  14. the one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. –atticus finch, to kill a mockingbird
  15. i have been wrong more than i’ve been right; it would serve me well to remember that more often.
  16. everyone matters
  17. comparison is death
  18. it's important to feel beautiful
  19. women are underrepresented in leadership, this highly concerning
  20. health should be a top priority, too often taken for granted
  21. communicate expectations, or remove them
  22. never stop fighting for freedom (physical, emotional, financial, relational, spiritual, structural, all forms)
  23. god doesn’t want anything from us, he simply wants us. –c. s. lewis
  24. have a vision
  25. resist much. obey little. –walt whitman
  26. fear is the greatest of evils
  27.  seek who you were created to be, and do the same for others