I’m 26 now and it ain’t half bad.
Weirdly I seem to have another bout of reflection around my birthday, I find myself looking back at the year and noting down the mile stones, sign posts and now foot marked pathways. It builds me up, seeing the things i’ve accomplished from a distance gear me up for the next year and being my competitive self always want to make the next year the best one yet.
Fitting with that theme I thought i’d do the blogger thing and make a list of things I have learned over my 26 years… well only the last 6 really. Enjoy!
1. Knowing is different to believing.
Recently i’ve noticed that ‘I know’ is normally followed by ‘but’ and I have come to understand that knowing the phrase and being able to say it is completely different to believing each of the syllables. You gotta believe it people!
2. Don’t expect things to just happen and fall in to place just because you have changed for the better.
…. other people may still remain twats… simples!
3. What people think of you is none of your business.
Don’t waste time or energy worrying… trust me I have spent too many hours crying over things, to come out the end with soar eyes and the annoyance of lost time I could have been doing something productive or that made me happy.
4. You are allowed to have low moments….
… days, weeks… YOU ARE HUMAN! …. be bummed about things, it builds up otherwise; the term bottling up comes to mind.
5. There will always be people worse off then you.
Don’t feel guilty about it, yes people have it worse but imagine if we all thought like that and acted on it; we’d all be like Stepford Wives/Husbands, robots masking any form of emotion; granted I still do this but i’m trying not to.
6. Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail.
I’m a bit planner and sometimes tend to over do it but in regards to eating right and making myself healthy, what was once planning is now second nature and 30 minutes on Sunday evenings to have a loose guide of the next week.
7. Sometimes you just have to let yourself fall.
Free falling is the best feeling, scary but amazing and yes ok you may not land in the arms of someone… may just end up getting a mouth full of dirt but a little bit of dirt never hurt anyone. Actually it’s proven that children who have grown up in the countryside healthier and have less sick days off school than those raised in towns and cities. Off topic a tad but there is a connection and meaning I think.
8. Wash off make up at the end of the day.
….it wipes the slate clean.
9. Always laugh or have a happy thought in your head before you sleep.
Tumblr is great for this.
The feeling of crossing something off, getting things done can do wonders for your motivation.. I sometimes even put simple things like take out the bins or make the bed just to get things going.
11. “Chuck it in the fuck it bucket”
Sometimes you just have to and then move on.
12. Trust your gut.
Follow your instincts and always give the benefit of the doubt.
13. Washing clothes and dishes will always be an endless task.
So throw on some tunes, get to work and get it out of the way.
14. Friendships do end.
As simple as that, on bad terms for the better or simply because you have grown apart….
15. Learn to LOVE YOURSELF!
I’m not going to lie i’m still trying to do this, still learning…and yes I have my days when I would mark myself a big fat ‘F’ others i’m like Mr Cage #winning… only human here.
16. Drink Water – lots of water!
Not liquids… water. There are so many benefits, I suggest you google them cause my god there is quite a few and too many to list in this post.
17. Keep Learning, Living & Laughing.
“Age does not define what you can do” as long as you are walking on this earth you are never too old to learn, change, make yourself and the world better.
18. Some people are just good at keeping the masks on.
No one has their shit together all the time, behind the closed doors they have their moments of doubt, fear and mini Monday melt downs. I know, I know “They make it look so easy” believe I said this the other day and sounded like a whiny teenager, thankfully I have a few truth speakers in my life that set me right.
With social media these days you only ever see the good times, the highs and funny moments of everyone’s life, because lets face it no one wants to remember a crappy day when scrolling through their instagram.
19. Wouldn’t be worth it if it was easy.
Don’t you feel stronger after climbing the hill,scaling the wall or shimmying through a slightly open window cause that door was slammed in your face. I do and that always reminds we sometimes you have to fight to get free or where you want to be.
20. Don’t waste your time on boys who don’t text back.
Doesn’t really need explaining, we all know it’s true.
21. Don’t over think…
I’m still struggling with this one.
22. Love songs and country music aren’t always healers.
Steer clear of your recently played list after a break-up, it’s not fun. I’ll be posting a ‘You Got This’ playlist in a few days cause we all need a power up sometimes.
23. Kitchen dance parties are always a good idea.
This is a weekly occurrence for myself, 30 minutes of stupidly and the best dance moves while dinner is cooking or dishes are being washed.
24. Be nice to people… it’s a great legacy to leave behind.
Cheers Tay Tay.
25. Show people you love them…
….don’t always assume they know.
26. Be the change you want to see in the world.
As cheesy and cliche as it sounds.