It’s my 24th birthday!
I have quite a love/hate relationship with birthdays.
Of course I love the celebrations and fun and attention 🎉
But I also don’t like the idea of getting yet another year older. Silly, I know. But there’s so much I want to do and what sometimes feels like so little time, and this annual marker is a reminder of all the things that I haven’t done yet.
Okay, no more Debby Downer While I haven’t quite hit that “quarter of a century” mark – there’s still plenty that I’ve learned along the way up until now!
Here are 24 things I’ve learned in 24 years:
- Start saving money early, and whenever you can. Things don’t come cheap, and debt is the last thing you want to be caught up in.
- But don’t be stingy. Splurge on occasion, treat yourself and others, don’t miss out on everything because you’re obsessing over saving every cent.
- Who you were at 13, 16 or 19 doesn’t define who you’ll be at 23. There’s always room for improvement, and time for you to get back on track.
- You’ll know when you meet the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Follow your heart and don’t settle for less.
- Be kind, and be empathetic. You don’t know what others might be going through.
- Love what you do, and do what you love. It’s a sure way to happiness.
- Travel while you’re young. Break out of your bubble and see the world. Even if it’s just by venturing out of the town you grew up in.
- Don’t compare your life to the lives of others. Particularly those who you see through social media – a filtered, edited, highlight reel of people’s lives.
- Appreciate your parents. You don’t always realise how much they do for you until they’re gone (or in my case, until I moved out of home).
- Dream big and dream often. But keep it real.
- Cooking can be surprisingly therapeutic, once you get the hang of it.
- Stand up for what you believe in. Even if you have an unpopular opinion. Don’t be afraid of being different – the people who matter will respect you for it.
- It’s actually possible for your heart to explode with love. Like when you first look into your baby’s eyes.
- Be thankful for what you have. So many others are worse off than you are, and you’re so much more privileged than you probably realise.
- Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. Surround yourself with good people, and make the effort to keep in touch even when the going gets tough.
- Find that work-life balance, because it’s possible. Just takes time to figure out.
- Love your body and your appearance. Embrace your individuality and don’t hide behind caked layers of makeup. It’s really not a good look.
- Stress less. It doesn’t help you and it doesn’t help anyone around you either.
- It’s really not worth hanging on to clothes for “one day”. Fashion changes and there’s probably a reason you don’t want to wear them right now.
- Never stop learning. Be hungry for information. Expand your horizons.
- Be kind to yourself. And treating yourself at the hair salon or beautician is totally worth the price tag for a bit of occasional pampering.
- Take more photos with people you love. These snapshots of memories are what you’ll want to look back on one day.
- Learn to laugh at yourself. It’s not worth getting self-conscious over the little things.
- You don’t have to have it all figured out. Things will work out in the end.
Here’s to another year of fun times and memorable moments!
Can you relate to any of these learnings?