Life in lockdown presents an opportunity to slow down and reflect. So does turning 30.

Some people fear ageing but I genuinely enjoy getting a bit wiser with every passing day. I aim to grow old and wise, rather than just grow old.

I hope you enjoy the 30 learnings below that I’ve picked from my three decades on this planet. What have you learned? I’d love to hear your pieces of wisdom.

  1. You don’t need to be good at everything**.** Nobody can do everything well. Would you want to have Einstein on your basketball team?
  2. Don’t take things personally, it’s probably not about you. Don't attribute to malice which can be explained otherwise.
  3. Avoid developing a taste for expensive things. It's wonderful to maintain a low bar for what gives you joy. An inability to enjoy anything but 'the best' is no way to live.
  4. Life is far more random than we appreciate. Chance plays a huge role in determining our life's trajectory.
  5. Always ask people how they are. It's nice to be nice.
  6. Journal daily (eg. The Five Minute Journal). Regularly recording things you are grateful for is scientifically proven to increase your happiness.
  7. When in a new setting, ask staff for recommendations eg. when trying out a new restaurant. They know the best and most popular options!
  8. Sit abreast in restaurants when on a date. It's more intimate and easier to chat. Bonus: If you sit at the counter you may be able to skip the wait, and watch the food and cocktails being prepped!
  9. Take rehydration salts before bed after drinking alcohol. Bonus: Nights out have diminishing returns after a certain point, after which you're just stealing happiness from the next day.
  10. Develop a love of learning, you will never be bored or need to 'kill time' again.
  11. Developing a reading habit is amongst the best ways to continue learning after you leave formal education. All the great wisdom of humanity is written down somewhere. Start here.
  12. Get a Kindle. It will drastically increase the likelihood of you developing a reading habit. An affinity for 'the feel of the paper' is a poor excuse for remaining a luddite.
  13. Share your learnings with others online. Teaching others reinforces your own learning and attracts those with similar interests.
  14. Exercise hugely influences happiness and mental agility. The energy boost from morning exercise transforms the day. A day that ends well is one that starts with exercise.
  15. Be a front seater. If you've made the effort to attend an event, why not maximise your enjoyment of it!? (Note - I don't apply this thinking to comedy gigs!)
  16. Check-in last minute for flights. When checking-in online many airlines 'randomly' allocate passenger seats, with the middle seats often assigned first so that passengers are tempted to pay extra to change their seat!