27 things I’ve learned in 27 years

I may only be 27, but I think your twenties are when you have the most life-changing experiences and you end up learning a lot about yourself (and other people too). Here are 27 things I’ve learned so far.

  1. Always be kind – You don’t know what another person is going through, always be kind. And spread kindness around like confetti.
  2. Be grateful – Be thankful for everything in your life, even (especially) when times are hard. You woke up this morning, you had your daily coffee, you have loving parents, you’re reading this right now – be grateful for even the smallest things!
  3. Not everyone will like you and that’s okay – For someone who wants to be liked by everyone (yes, I’m a classic Monica from Friends), eventually you need to accept that not everyone will like you and that’s okay. Focus your energy on the people who do.
  4. Heartbreak is just something we have to go through – It’s one of the hardest things you will ever have to go through. It will cause your heart to physically ache, but it really does make you stronger.
  5. Embrace the struggle, it will make you grow – The strongest people I know are the ones who have been through hell and back. I choose to be in my hell and have a cup of coffee there.
  6. Do things you love – Go out to a pub with friends, stay in and eat pizza, whatever you do, do what you love.
  7. Don’t settle – For anything.
  8. Be a yes man – Try everything at least once.
  9. But also learn to say no – It’s acceptable to want to stay in, get into your pyjamas, watch Netflix and eat ice cream.
  10. Eat that cake – Be good to your body and eat well, but have that slice of cake too.
  11. Make mistakes – If you tiptoe around everything, you’re not living life. Freak out, send that text you shouldn’t, make that drunken phone call, make mistakes and don’t feel guilty about it, you’re only human.
  12. Don’t be so hard on yourself – Something I’m still learning, you need to be kinder to yourself. Just think, would you talk to a friend the way you talk to yourself? No.
  13. Invest in self-love – Make sure you make yourself feel amazing – because you are amazing! Have bubble baths, eat chocolate, light candles and smother yourself with love.
  14. Move your body – Go running, do handstands, jump around – whatever it is, move your body and let those happy hormones flow.
  15. Let go of perfectionism – You’ll never be perfect. Just be your messy chaotic self, you’ll feel a lot less stressed.
  16. Be truthful – ALWAYS. No matter how hard it is, tell the truth.
  17. Get naked – love and embrace your body. Love and embrace your nakedness!
  18. Cut out toxic people in your life – Let go of the people who drag you down and who don’t support you.
  19. Make new friends – meet people and build new relationships.
  20. Laugh at yourself – why so serious?
  21. Trust the timing of your life – Life is hard and you might not be where you thought you would be right now, but trust that the universe has a plan for you.
  22. Don’t compare – you are inimitable (well I am iNIMITAble!), you are unique, be you and don’t compare your life to anyone else’s.
  23. Help others – I gave a homeless man a hot chocolate the other day and it felt really good. No matter how small, help someone.
  24. Let your feelings go – if you want to be a happier person, let it all go. Cry, weep, scream, throw things and then get back up and carry on.
  25. Quit your job if you hate it – you spend most of your time working, don’t do something you don’t love.
  26. Love – Love with your whole heart. Stop fearing rejection. Stop getting scared. Say, ‘I love you’ and mean it. No matter what happens, at least you can say that you truthfully felt real love.
  27. Know that you can really change the world – do something every day that will contribute to changing the world, no matter how small it is.

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