It’s official now. I’m 23 years old *gasp* Frankly speaking, I don’t feel any older, smarter or more responsible. I still play the Sims, get really excited in every Disney store and can’t eat without getting messy. Some things will never change, right? I may be 23 years old on paper, but deep down in my brain, I’m still the same 13-year-old I used to be so embarrassed to be.
Now the candles are blown and the cake is eaten (I had a rainbow cake, you guys!) and I’m left wondering if 23 will be different than 22 or 21. What kind of person am I becoming? Where is the next year going to take me? And, of course, have I actually learnt anything in the past year?
Using my birthday as an excuse, I thought I would share with you the 23 things I’ve learnt in 23 years of my life.
- It’s okay to change your career even before you had a career anyway (but after you got a degree you don’t necessarily want now).
- Putting off going to university until you’re ready and know what you want to do is also perfectly fine. Don’t let others pressure you.
- Your family will still love you and be there for you even if you live in a different country and see them mostly on Skype.
- It’s not about the quantity of friends, but about the quality of them. No one cares if you belong to popular groups when you reach a certain age.
- You don’t need to see your friends all the time to make sure they still like you. Time apart means nothing when people mean so much. I have friends I haven’t seen for years but when we meet it’s like no time has passed at all.
- It’s normal to not have your life together in your twenties. Don’t stress and feel pressured to achieve everything and reach the peak in your career. There’s still loads of time for that.
- Teenage drama will pass. You’ll forget about that crush the moment you get a new crush at uni or work. And your school grades won’t really matter. I still haven’t used most of my Maths knowledge to this day.
- Spend less time on social media and more time outside. The number of followers won’t matter when you’re 50 years old. It’ll be all the experiences and memories you’ve made.
- There will always be someone who will be hurt/disappointed by your decisions so you might as well choose what makes you happy. Please yourself before others. Take care of yourself.
- Relationships are not a walk in the park. There are arguments, misunderstandings and character differences. But if you always choose to fight for it, it’ll be worth it.
- You’re able to do anything you think you’re able to do. If you think you can’t do something, you will not achieve it. Mindset is everything. Believe in yourself and no one will be able to stop you.
- If you like it, wear it. The society will tell you how you should dress and what you shouldn’t wear. To that I say I DON’T CARE. Your mum, grandma, even some friends – they will have a different fashion sense to you. If you like it, rock it like you’re on the runaway.
- Loving yourself is the most amazing thing you can do for yourself. You are incredible and one of a kind. Every day you should be proud of who you are and who you are becoming. Love your soul and cherish your body.
- Never stop fighting. Life is a road filled with moments when you’ll be tested. You’ll have to kick, punch and scratch your way through it, but never give up. Focus on the goal you want to achieve.
- Sunscreen has to be applied thoroughly when you’re outside. Even if you’re not out for long and sit in the shade. Even if it’s overcast. Your skin may be okay when you’re a teenager, but trust me, that changes as you get older. You don’t want any skin problems.
- Just because you’re different, it doesn’t mean you’re any worse than others. Different means you’re you. And that’s something to be proud of.
- Write it down. You think you’ll remember it, but most of the time you won’t. Especially if it’s lecture notes. For the peace of mind, write it down.
- Practice makes perfect. No one was born great at everything. If you keep trying and learning, you will get better at it.
- Life is too short to worry about the little things from your past. Letting go is important. The truth is nobody else remembers the things you’re worrying about anyway.
- You don’t have to be right all the time. It’s okay to admit that you’re wrong or made a mistake. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Comfort zone is very cosy and nice, but it also gets very boring. Your grandchildren will not be interested in your stories of what duvet covers you used to have. Go out of your comfort zone every now and then. Make some memories worth talking about.
- Your mental health needs looking after as well. Depression and anxiety are not something to be ashamed of. Seek help when needed. Don’t be afraid. You’re not alone.
- Success requires hard work. If you want to make your dreams come true, you need to put all your energy into it. It’ll be worth it in the end.
Here’s to another year of learning, discovering and achieving!
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Until next time xx
What would you add to my list?