Ethan Parry


Here's to 26

It seemed like just yesterday I was in kindergarten eating snacks, learning how to write and playing with my friends at recess. I remember that the highlight of every week for me was when we opened up the wall and had singing time with Mr. Blake's class. He would always sing "Kindergarten Wall" by John McCutcheon.

Aside from not hurting others and cleaning up after myself, here are 26 lessons that I have learned over the years:

  1. For me, family, friends and faith come first.
  2. Things don't make you happy, experiences do.
  3. Finding what you're passionate about can be a lifelong pursuit.
  4. Take risks.
  5. Ask questions.
  6. "If you can Imagine it, you can do it." 
  7. Learn something new every day.
  8. Being able to speak another language opens many doors.
  9. Want to forget about your problems for a moment? Go out and serve.
  10. Smile, even when you're sad.
  11. Technology will never replace the need for face to face communication.
  12. Make time to read a book.
  13. Read the daily newspaper (Bonus points if it is a physical copy).
  14. Your best ideas can come anywhere (not just at the desk in your office).
  15. Be accountable for work. Admit when you are wrong.
  16. Recognize what you are grateful for every day.
  17. Find opportunities to regularly improve your writing.
  18. Find a mentor(s).
  19. Be a mentor.
  20. Set S.M.A.R.T goals.
  21. Everyone is creative.
  22. There is beauty in the details.
  23. Working fast isn't always the best thing. Work smart instead.
  24. Don't forget to breathe every once and awhile and enjoy the moment.  
  25. No matter how hard it may be, forgive.
  26. Live your life with no regrets.

I look forward to the many experiences that I will have in the next year and the lessons that I will inevitably learn from them. 

Do any of the above lessons resonate with you? What would your personal list look like?