Last Saturday it was my 23rd birthday and I got thinking about all the things I’ve learned over my lifetime, so decided to write a post about it!
1. You’re not invincible.
Someone once told me this and it really stuck with me. Whether that means sticking to the speed limit when driving or taking a mental health day off work if you’re struggling, remember that you need to look after yourself.
2. Getting lost in a book is a wonderful feeling.
3. Friends is without a doubt the best TV show that has ever existed.
4. Heartbreak is soul destroying…
I’ve had my heart broken once and I completely fell apart, I didn’t feel like I was ever going to over it.
5. …carrying on from my last point: time is a healer.
Even though it doesn’t feel like it at the time, time really does help you to heal when you’ve had your heart broken (or when something else that hurts you happens!). You’ll realise that you can live without that person, or that living without them at least does get easier.
6. Your job is not the most important thing in the world, sometimes you have to put your own wellbeing first.
Don’t get me wrong, working hard at your job is important, but you need to be careful not to half kill yourself for a job that would replace you in a heartbeat. Work hard, but look after yourself too.
7. True friends will remain by your side when you really need them.
8. Animals are the best therapists.
A cuddle with a dog or a cat when you’re feeling down can be so therapeutic.
9. Enjoy getting dressed up and letting your hair down.
10. Working hard is rewarding.
Whether it’s revising hard for exams or for your job, or even for something personal like your blog, hard work really does pay off. While it can be miserable at the time (I do not miss revision at all!), the rewards make it so worth it.
11. Perfecting winged eyeliner makes you feel ready to face the world.
I’m such a winged eyeliner addict, and perfecting that flick makes you feel so good.
12. You have survived every bad day that has happened to you so far.
This is something I say to myself when I’m down or having a really bad day; you have survived everything you’ve gone through to date.
13. It’s okay to rely on friends and family.
Sometimes it’s okay to admit you’re struggling and rely on the people close to you to help you through.
14. Make time to see your family, they won’t be around forever.
15. Small gestures can mean the most.
Something small like buying someone a chocolate bar when they’re down or sending a friend a birthday card can really mean a lot.
16. Getting your hair done always makes you feel better.
Who doesn’t feel sassy flicking their freshly blow dried around?!
17. Drinking too much just isn’t cool.
I’ve been there and done that with the student lifestyle at uni, and looking back on it I so wish I had drunk a much smaller amount so that I could remember all of my nights and not made some regrettable decisions! And hangovers are so not cool… I haven’t had more than one glass of wine at a time for the past two years and I feel so much better!
18. Look after your body, you only get one!
This partly relates to the previous point; eat your vegetables and go for a run, if you look after your body, it will look after you.
19. Dance and sing along to your favourite song every once in a while.
20. Don’t let other people’s opinions of you affect you.
The opinions that other people have of you do not affect or define you, as long as you believe in yourself, that’s all that matters.
21. If you’re feeling down, anxious or upset, get yourself outside and get some fresh air, problems can seem so much worse when you’re cooped up inside.
22. Treat others as you want to be treated.
23. Follow your dreams.
You get one life, whether it’s going travelling, asking someone out or going for that dream job – you’ll only regret the things you didn’t do!
So there we go, those are 23 things that I feel I’ve learned over the past 23 years. Some of them are silly little things and some of them are more about life decisions. Do you agree with these? Are there other things you feel you’ve learned over your life? I’d love to know in the comments!
Hope that you’re all enjoying the gorgeous weather!