This is almost too relateable.
An Irish man has marked turning 38 years old by sharing a list of 38 life lessons he has learnt over his journey.
Declan Cashin, who lives in London, took to Twitter on Monday to let his 29,000 followers in on some things he’s “learned or learned to accept” in life.
From removing your backpack on crowded public transport (essential politeness) to helping out friends with children, Declan’s list has been described as “inspirational”, “hilarious” and incredibly relatable.
The 38-year-old is actually employed by Twitter, and said he hoped his list brought “enjoyment, mockery, trolling and contemplation” to the platform’s users.
Via a series of screenshots from an iPhone, he sent his 38 points into the ‘Twittersphere’.
The list also included a few practical tips like, “Try to be on time for things”, “Take your backpack off on busy trains” and “Stop avoiding the dentist”.
Declan also encouraged people to “Get a therapist, if you can.”
“Even if you think you don’t need one. Especially if you think you don’t need one.”
He warned friends with kids “need your help”. “Don’t believe them when they insist they have it all under control,” he wrote.
“They’re exhausted. Offer to babysit.”
Tip #23 on Declan’s list was a major crowd-pleaser: “Dogs should be compulsory on public transport during the morning commute.”
A few of the tips try to find the lighter side of life, like tip #12: “Nobody is having as much sex as you think they are.”
Or tip #37, where Declan denotes that “Naps are f***ing great. Embrace them.”
And tip #20: “New Year’s Eve is always terrible.” “Go out on December 30, if you must, and then spend December 31 doing nothing,” he wrote.
Other Twitter users reacted with overwhelming positivity to Declan’s list.
This is an exceptionally honest and inspirational list . Keep writing .
— Julie Ashall (@julie_ashall) June 25, 2019
Love all of this. None of us have everything nailed but that list of 38 things is written by someone who is sensitive, caring, insightful, and smart…traits that so many people are truly lacking today. Happy birthday x
— ChristineDMpr (@ChristineDMpr) June 24, 2019
I read this and it made so much sense. I relate to this abit too much. Well said Sir 🤚🏻
— Chrisssver (@ghost_inkk) June 25, 2019
These are *so* on point that I’m starting to wonder if you are my long lost twin. Except I was 38 last month so that perhaps doesn’t work…🤔. High five. Agree with every single point! Happy birthday and I’m sorry about your dad. Ive lost a parent too, it really, really sucks.
— Lynsey Tod (@lynseytod) June 25, 2019
Declan! No.19. I feel seen #WarmestOfFistbumps❤
— Sarah Louise (@sarahlou_iorua) June 25, 2019
Declan said he was overwhelmed by the “huge response” to his list of life lessons. “Thank you all for being kind and thoughtful,” he wrote.
You can check out his full list of life tips, here.