32 Things I Know Now That I Am 32

by Melody on September 13, 2013

In this season of my life, with a semi-thriving home business and two small children, I don’t get a lot of time to just sit and reflect. What I do get are these fleeting moments of reality and solid truths and life lessons and epiphany moments. Blog posts get drafted in my head while I’m driving or I think to myself “I need to tell (insert name here) about this because they would totally get it”. And then one of my kids pees their pants. Or starts yelling for a snack. And I forget.

My 32nd birthday was last week (okay, three weeks ago. See #26) and I decided there was no better time to share my random revelations about life and all its goings on.

I’m on a one-woman mission to convince everyone who isn’t 30 yet that the thirties are pretty rad. I feel like they come with this perception of wisdom from the world so you are allowed to say things with utter conviction and people look at you like you know what you are talking about. I’ve been doing this my whole life, so it’s about time someone listened to what I say. With that, here are things that I KNOW and are TRUE because I am 32.

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1. My parents are way more awesome than I ever in my whole life gave them credit for.

2. I will just never be a crafty Mom. I have a hard enough time keeping everyone in line and fed, nobody is going to get craft time around here unless it involves a giant stack of blank paper, some crayons and maybe a few stickers. And Pinterest, you will NOT make me feel bad about it.

3. We actually enjoy eating healthy foods. They make us feel better. Pizza tastes awesome but makes me feel crappy.

4. Some days, my kids make me crazy pants and stressed out and filled with anxiety. In the very next moment, I love them so much it’s actually painful. No wonder most parents never seem like they have it together.

5. Occasionally I see a recipe that involves 47 steps and 34 ingredients and I lose my mind and attempt to make it. This is generally the time when the cat throws up and the kids try to flip off the couch on to their heads and the neighbor knocks on the door and I realize I don’t have 32 of the necessary ingredients. Then I remember that this is the reason we eat the same 3-4 recipes over and over and over. Basic, no-thought-required meals are a necessity in this season of my life.

6. My kids really do eat their vegetables and shockingly, enjoy them. People sometimes look at me like I have three heads when I tell them what my kids eat. I’ve definitely encountered people who feel sad for my kids that they won’t grow up on boxed macaroni and cheese and fruit snacks. Like it’s a rite of passage or something.

7. With every passing day, my husband gets more and more attractive. It’s not just that cute face, it’s the fact that he is such an outstanding Dad and an even more fantastic husband. Growing older with someone is totally amazing.

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8. At our gym, we have to do birthday burpees based on our age. I tried desperately to trade my son his 5 for my 32. No dice.

9. There are days when the anonymous hateful comments and prejudice and downright cruelty on the internet threaten to make me lose my sanity. Lay down your weapons, people!

10. I feel like there is no way I’m a day over 21. Until I hang out with people who are actually 21. Then I just want to take a nap.

11. Ice cream is my kryptonite. And Cadbury Mini Eggs. And those weird honeycomb candy bars from Australia. And a REALLY good pizza.

12. Life seems to go way too slow and way too fast, all at the same time.

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13. I could watch baseball every minute of every day of my life.

14. If I’m not watching baseball, I insist that it be college football. Football season all cozied up to fall is close to the most magical time of the year.

15. There may not be anything better than watching my husband get excited about college football. Unless it’s watching him lift heavy weights. Or do pull-ups. Or sweat in the gym at all.

16. I really, truly enjoy being in my thirties. Maybe because my twenties were so fraught with bad decisions and uncertainty and not always the highest self esteem and a little stupidity all rolled into one.

17. Nothing productive comes out of staying up past 11 PM, only regrets. But I do it everyday. I never get anything done. Instead of blogging, I stare at Pinterest until my eyes almost literally cross.

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18. My happy place is laying by the pool in Las Vegas with a bucket full o’ beer and my husband by my side.

19. Music is my salvation, from Metallica to Justin Timberlake to Joss Stone to Chris Ledoux. I live for solo car rides with a fantastic song on the radio and the windows down.

20. I love the song Blurred Lines. Call me anti-feminist, call me mysogynistic. I just adore a good tune and a cute boy or two.

21. Budgeting is sexy. It’s way more fun than buying things you can’t afford and then dealing with the repercussions later. Stressful financial decisions and mountains of debt are not sexy.

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22. My kids have giant personalities and defiance to spare. Even though there are days when I hide in the bathroom and bang my head against the wall, when people tell me how hilarious my kids are, I puff out my chest and take full credit.

23. I’m a significantly better parent when I’m away from the house and the laundry and the dishes and the bills and the vacuuming and the dinner-making. Free to play chase and jump up and down for no reason and crawl like monkeys when I’m not worried about who is going to sweep the kitchen floor.

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24. I’m a significantly better parent when I ignore Facebook and Pinterest and focus on the things I do well. Like teaching my kids to do burpees and how to appreciate a good Guns N’ Roses song.

25. I’m a significantly better wife AND parent when I take the kids to Grandma and Grandpa’s for a weekend and spend no-responsibility time with friends or eat dinner with my husband without worrying about who has to pee or what blog post I should be writing.

26. There will never be a time in my life when I am on time. For anything. Ever.  I procrastinate and squeeze in too many things and wait until the last minute. Every single day.  Which is probably why this post is three weeks late.

27. If there was a worldwide shortage of coffee, I would cease to exist.  My body would refuse to wake up in the morning and my brain would melt.

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28. I couldn’t live without great girlfriends.  I truly have a wonderful husband and my kids are rad (most of the time), but life would just not be the same without girlfriends.  They listen to me complain for no reason, listen to me talk without trying to solve all the world’s problems, drink beer and dance the night away and talk about all the cute boys we know.  They would have my back in a gang fight, no doubt.  Me being in a gang fight is highly improbable, but just in case, I’ve got my crew.

29. Dating and new love and first kisses are all exciting and full of passion and mystery, but being with the same person for 13 years has this kind of lazy and slow-burning heat to it.  There is something pretty amazing about having someone next to you who shares all your secrets.

30. Kids are the most mind-boggling, creative, brilliant, intense, inquisitive, outrageously irritating and noisy creatures on the planet.  They are our animal instincts personified in a very small little human.

31. My teenage years and college years were jam-packed with horrible decisions and questionable roommates and choices that would scare my parents half to death.  I pray that my children don’t make those same choices, but I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without going through those years.  Unfortunately.

32. Apparently, I think I know a lot of things. Heaven help us all when I’m 72.

What are things that you KNOW and NEED to share with the world?

What number do you relate to the most?

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