Older and Hopefully Wiser

Today I turn 35.  I can’t believe it.  It does not seem like I have been alive for that long.  Leading up to this particular milestone, I have done some reflecting on my life.  Different stages and seasons.  I have seen and done a lot in 35 years.  There have been good times and bad times.  Happy times and sad times.  Times I’ve laughed and times I’ve cried.  The people I have met along the way have been amazing.  If you know me at all, you have had an impact on shaping my life and I just want to take a moment to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  It has been one crazy journey so far.

In honor of the big 35, I thought I would create a list of 35 things that I have learned in my 35 years of life.  I hope you enjoy!

  1. Naps are a good thing.
  2. Your parents aren’t as dumb as you thought they were.
  3. God is always #1.
  4. Music you grew up listening to is now considered classic, but it still rocks!
  5. Sundays are a day of rest.
  6. Movies are better when you watch them with someone you love.
  7. You can’t party like a rock star two nights in a row like you used to.
  8. karaoke is a good substitute for being a career musician.
  9. There is nothing quite like a Saturday on ISU game day in the fall.
  10. You don’t work out as hard by yourself.
  11. Cabs are a much better option for getting home when you have been drinking.
  12. A quiet weekend at the parent’s house is very nice after a tough week.
  13. People may no longer be college athletes, but the college athlete never completely leaves them.
  14. It’s a tough realization to see pro athletes retire that are younger than you.
  15. You refer to bars by their old names and no one knows where you are talking about.
  16. You no longer drink Tequila, unless it’s in a margarita.
  17. When you drink shots, they tend to be fruity ones now.
  18. You start mixing your drinks with diet soda.
  19. You really can’t sleep in like you used to.
  20. You usually buy off-brands when grocery shopping because they really do taste the same.
  21. Girls come up to you and ask if you knew their mother.
  22. It is totally cool for guys to love to cook.
  23. Salad can be eaten as a whole meal.
  24. Never underestimate the power of a good nights sleep.
  25. It’s OK to be considered “not normal.”
  26. If your friends have kids you better plan your event at least a couple of weeks in advance.
  27. You finally understand the power of saying “No!”
  28. A lot of your friends were met through work.
  29. It’s never to late to talk to an old friend.
  30. The least popular people in high school are usually the most successful now.
  31. There is real power in prayer.  There is never a bad time or place to pray.
  32. Nothing in life is guaranteed.
  33. You can never say “I love you” enough.
  34. Our world needs more huggers.
  35. It is way cooler to give gifts to others than receive them yourself.
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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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4 Responses to Older and Hopefully Wiser

  1. Stephanie says:

    You’re all grown up now…or something. Great blog!

  2. You only forgot 1… What used to heal in a day, now takes weeks. lol Happy Bday big fella!

  3. Kelly Jo VOMcD. says:

    Was going to say, “Say what you mean to say,” but you already did that. “Never surrender”–unless it’s to God and something He wants you to have. I love my brothers like you. And I wish you THE BEST. Try not to settle for anything less. Life is a battle. Keep your sword (the Bible) handy.

  4. lauri larsen says:

    i laughed through your list..cause it’s so true.. i would encourage you to memorize Romans 12…

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