37 Things I Know At 37
- Where you come from shapes where you end up, one way or another.
- Better living through chemistry is not only possible, but transformational.
- Living the unexamined life sounds kind of restful sometimes, but who are we kidding.
- Heartbreak is not fatal.
- I am lucky that I escaped my bar years without becoming a drunk–or becoming dead.
- We should all read more poetry.
- I have the best mother and sister in the world.
- In my head, I feel as young at 37 as I did at 17 ( except in some of my joints.) It is shocking to realize I’m not, and I mean truly, deeply shocking.
- My anti-authoritarian streak might prevent me from ever being happy working for someone else.
- I’m still sure I’m supposed to have kids, but I’m no longer sure I’ll be able to make it happen.
- The sticky toffee pudding at Queen Vic on H Street is the best thing there is to eat in DC.
- My idea of what a successful life looks like for me is much simpler than I ever imagined it would be…but simple doesn’t mean easy to attain.
- I’m not an atheist.
- Well- groomed eyebrows magically improve everything.
- I should have pursued a truly, boldly creative life.
- Never skimp on Ziplocs, trash bags, Kleenex, or toilet paper. The cheap versions suck.
- Caring about how much other people like me has been the single most limiting factor in my life. I wish I knew how to stop.
- Writers write. Me too.
- Things are connected in irrational and inexplicable ways. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Emotional intelligence is the best kind of intelligence.
- Finding someone to fall in love with is only one tiny part of the battle.
- Prescription sunglasses are the bomb.
- I should have taken much better care of my skin when I was younger. Now, putting my makeup on in direct sunlight ruins my day.
- I need to increase my tolerance for discomfort from its current level, which is zero.
- I really, really, really want to live abroad at some point.
- Friendships last for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Believing this lessens the pain of the ones that can’t go the distance.
- Sex should often be funny.
- Err on the side of kindness. You never know what’s going on in people’s lives.
- I need to become, simultaneously, much more open and much more armored if things are going to go the way I need them to.
- Hating my younger self for her poor choices is a waste of energy, but hard to stop because OMFG what a weak-willed, short-sighted idiot.
- Always, always, always go to the funeral. There is no busy/awkward/they won’t notice excuse that is acceptable. Learning how to deal with grief is an essential part of being a grownup.
- Grating nutmeg freshly each time really does make a huge difference.
- Orgasms can cure headaches, insomnia, boredom, and sadness, especially if someone else is in the room with you.
- Class warfare is a real thing and if you don’t think so, your staff definitely does.
- Just sing if it makes you happy. F-ck the haters.
- Actually, f-ck the haters in general. But not with your loins.
- This is a marathon, not a sprint, so set a pace you can keep.
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