It's my birthday, and I'll list if I want to.

It’s my birthday this weekend and I’m gonna list if want to. I’m turning twenty-nine, and I know without even being on the other side, my thirties are going to be a killer decade. Before I get there, I thought it would be nice to take stock of the life lessons I racked up while I was young, foolish, and devoid of gray hairs. So here's my list, friends. The ten things my twenties have taught me…

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Is this seat taken?

Being an author is competitive. There are lists and ratings and rankings. If you want to put a score on how well your career is going, there are more than enough numbers for you suffocate yourself with.

For some people, numbers are fantastic. Numbers help them set goals and show growth; there’s value in what you can measure.

For others, including me, they’re dangerous. Having access to that kind of data gives oxygen to the little seedling of an idea in my brain that I’m competing with others.

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