XXV

Today is my twenty-fifth birthday. In the style of Noah Stokes, here are twenty-five things I’ve learned during my time on this silly spinning globe.

One. Age doesn’t mean a thing.

Two. If you’re not making awesome things, you’re wasting your time.

Three. Friends come and friends go. This is a natural part of life.

Four. It’s not all about you. In fact, it’s rarely about you. Don’t take things so personally.

Five. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Sometimes better things happen instead.

Six. Everyone has to learn their own lesson.

Seven. Having a job that you hate will take a toll on every other area of your life, too.

Eight. Procrastinating is a temporary fix to a problem that will still be there later. It’ll probably make you just feel worse, too.

Nine. Hangovers suck, but sometimes they’re worth it.

Ten. Time goes by quickly, especially when you’re wasting it.

Eleven. You can never get that time back.

Twelve. You are the only one who can put your foot down and decide when enough is enough.

Thirteen. Work harder than everyone else. This is where you’ll find success.

Fourteen. Things will always happen when they’re supposed to happen. Make the most of the in-betweens.

Fifteen. Confidence is one of the most important things you can develop.

Sixteen. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Seventeen. It’s your job to make yourself interesting.

Eighteen. You have to put yourself out there in order for amazing things happen.

Nineteen. There are always more things you can learn.

Twenty. Everyone’s definition of happiness is different.

Twenty-One. There’s a difference between being blunt and being an asshole. Not everyone can tread this line and not everyone will appreciate it if you do.

Twenty-Two. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

Twenty-Three. Live music is one of the best, most moving, wholly enjoyable experiences you can have.

Twenty-Four. Balance is hard to find, but it’s almost always worth it.

Twenty-Five. Overthinking everything will send you to an early grave.

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