29 Truths at (almost) 29

Imma Baradyana
8 min readApr 22, 2022

When I was younger, I was such a birthday girl. I used to stay awake on my birthday eve and come midnight, I would start to awkwardly dance around. 30th March is the day the universe wanted me to show up in the world and I always had so much fun celebrating that simple fact.

For whatever reason, as I got older, I rarely celebrated my birthday. I started to feel like I was making a big deal out of nothing. After all, everyone has one so what’s the fuss? That attitude coupled with some very tough life events almost made me believe that my birthday wasn’t worth celebrating anymore.

The events and tragedies of the past two years have reminded me how important it is to celebrate life as opposed to, well, not celebrating it. For many of us, the pandemic and other tragedies have turned our worlds upside down. We went from living engaging lives on the move to being stuck working from home. We lost loved ones, jobs, connections, and friends.

From mass grief to the great resignation, life as we knew it before 2020 has ceased to exist. If anything, the past two years have forced us to evaluate our lives at a deeper level than ever before and to pay attention to the things that truly matter — family, lovers, friends, and our mental, physical, and spiritual health.

It’s 2022 and not only will I be awkwardly dancing at midnight and celebrating my birthday this year, I want to dedicate this month’s post to what I think is my favourite day of the year. While I’ve historically pumped the brakes on the birthday parties, I’ve never stopped using the days leading up to my birthday as an opportunity for deep reflection. So, in today’s article, I want to share with my readers 29 lessons that have rung true for me over the course of my life to date.

1. Fake it till you make it.

Yes, that’s right. You won’t always feel motivated, enthusiastic, qualified, or competent. Guess what, do life anyway. Showing up is 70% of the work and consistency is far more powerful than motivation.

2. Self-awareness is not optional.

Imma Baradyana

International tech professional. Writes about personal, professional, and academic experiences. Learn more at immabaradyana.com