It’s my Twenty-Second birthday tomorrow, which makes today my last day being 21. The magical 21 was one I couldn’t wait for. I try to remember why I felt so excited and I think it was the prospect of being taken seriously by adults. Technically I am an adult, I am a parent as well but do I always get treated like I am? No. Of course not.
Unfortunately being 21 is a difficult age too; I’m yet to find an age that isn’t. This year has flown by and I’m spending today reflecting back over not only the past 12 months but the past 21 years of my life too. I want to pass on some of the valuable life lessons I have learned in 21 years. I hope that they help you, guide you and resonate with you.
1. Appreciate the small things.
It took me a while to get the hang of this one, but to actually appreciate the smaller things in like such as a rainbow, or a nice cup of tea, etc. You will find you are much more content and you will begin to look for the little things that make you smile.
2. Don’t judge.
I don’t judge people, and for the past 2 years, I have learned to not judge other things too like I am a fussy eater but I’m trying a lot harder to not judge something until I’ve tried it.
I feel like I have learned to manage my time better. I understand now that I need to keep from procrastinating to achieve my goals.
4. Goals and Aspirations.
I feel like many 21-22-year-olds don’t know what they want out of life, but I do. I take certain steps every day to work on those goals and I am aiming to achieve.
5. Take care of yourself.
I’ve learned a lot about how I should take care of myself not just physically but mentally too. Your health is too important.
6. Never Stop Learning.
I couldn’t wait to finish college and I felt like there was nothing else I could be taught. I was wrong, there are life lessons every day! You are never too old to learn.
7. Money isn’t everything.
When I was younger, money was everything. Money made the world go around. Now it’s different. I see that money isn’t the most important thing. Sure it makes life easier, but your happiness isn’t based on how full your wallet is. At least not for me.
8. Perspective check.
Sometimes it takes a massive event for your perspective shift to happen. In this year alone I’ve had this happen to me 4 times! At times, you can be driven by what you think is most important, then the sky falls in, and you realize that you were focusing on all the wrong things.
Life is about balance. You will constantly be juggling many aspects of your life and you will need to find that balance that is equal for the important things.
10. Stop caring about what others think.
I don’t think you can ever completely shut this out, but if you want something and you know that it is what is right for you then don’t let another person stop you. It is YOUR life and only YOU can live it.
11. Be more active.
Until around a year ago, I had become slobbish, then I decided to pick up yoga. It’s easy to fall into bad habits after you no longer have a parental figure to tell you what to do. Do this for yourself, you will feel better afterward.
12. Be impulsive, everyone in a while.
Don’t always stick to the norm, be spontaneous and impulsive every now and then. You never know what may happen.
13. Learn to love yourself.
It’s not always easy to ‘love yourself’ but it is important that you learn how to love you. All of you. Even your flaws.
14. Don’t take anything for granted.
You need to realize what you have now before it turns into something you had.
15. Be responsible for your actions.
There comes a point when you realize, you have to take responsibility for your own actions. You are an adult and if you make a mess, own up to it.
16. Care for your loved ones.
Check up on them as often as you can. Let them know you love them. Treat them right.
17. Let your passion drive you.
Don’t ever stop chasing your dreams, let passion drive you and never give up.
18. Celebrate your victories.
Celebrate all your wins, whether they are small or large.
19. Take time for you.
Don’t let a busy life take its toll on your physical and mental health. Take a break when you need it. Know when enough is enough. This can be difficult to learn but it is very important that you do it.
20. Have no regrets.
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘It’s the stuff you don’t do that you regret.’? Believe me. It’s true.
21. Be yourself, Be honest and Smile.
Be true to who you are. Don’t lie and smile often.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I’ll be back very soon with some more posts for you all! Happy July 1st everyone! I hope July brings you many smiles!