It’s now been a week since I turned 28 and I’ve been reflecting on the lessons I learnt up until that point. It’s funny how day-to-day it feels like nothing changes, yet when I look back I realise how much I’ve changed.
I feel as though these days I am much more intuned into what I what, or don’t want in my life. My goal in life is simply to be happy and healthy, and my actions coincide with that a lot more. Everyday I learn how precious life is and now I’m less inclined to spend my time doing things that I don’t want to do. I say ‘yes’ more, but only to things that make me happy, but more importantly, I’m no longer afraid to say no.
Some of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt are:
- Presence is one of the most valuable gifts that you can receive. Being with loved ones brings you joy that money can’t buy.
- Our time is precious. Use it wisely. No one is promised tomorrow so make sure that what you’re doing right now, is making you happy or moving you towards it.
- Experiences mean more than any material possession (sentimental hand-me-downs not included).
- It is far harder to fix your health than to look after yourself from the get go.
- You will likely not use algebra again after high school. But learn it and learn it well. This goes for all maths topics and subjects you don’t think you’ll ever need. You may not, but the dedication, discipline and work ethic will serve you well in other areas of your life.
- Thinking positive thoughts can change your life. Imagine the life you want and focus on that.
- Birthdays should be celebrated. You don’t know how many you’ll get.
- Some people really are not meant to be in your life for a long time. They’re just there to teach you something, and then they go. This is sad, even if it was your choice, but you will be better because of it.
- You cannot have a positive life if you hang out with negative people. See above.
- Watching and reading the news is bad for your health. If something big has happened, you’ll hear about it from someone. Focus on the positive in the world.
- Once you travel the world, you’ll never be the same again. Not only do the experiences change you, part of your heart will always be in that location. Travel often.
- I feel better when I eat healthy nourishing foods. This has nothing to do with weight or appearance, but rather how I feel.
- Music is powerful. It gets you through hard times and takes you back to fun times.
- It’s easy to lose yourself in your job. You should know who you are away from work. Remember you can add value without making an income.
- Soul mates do exist.
- Life is hard and there is a lot of sadness around the world. You need to actively find things to make you happy. Being happy doesn’t just happen.
- Random acts of kindness can make your day. And the day of the person you help. Do it more often.
- Some of your favourite times will be spent with family and friends, laughing over silly things or having deep and meaningfuls. Life is made up of these moments. This is what you need to love, appreciate and focus on.
- An eyebrow pencil can completely change your look.
- I will probably never be able to correctly apply eyeliner. It’s a shame because #19 also applies for this, but you’ll be okay.
- It’s best to wake up early. Even if you’re tired. There is something magical about being up before the rest of the world.
- Sunrises and sunsets are free gifts from the universe. They shouldn’t be wasted.
- If you think something positive about someone, let them know. Call, text, email or write a card. It will make their day.
- Move your body. Walk, run, swim, skate or pole dance; try it all until you find something you like.
- You should follow your passion, even if you have a degree, or two, in something else. You will be happier and that’s something that money from the job you hate can’t buy.
- Gratitude for what you have changes everything. It makes you happy and you end up with more.
- Write down your goals, and every single day work towards them. Small steps over time add up to be giant leaps forward. You will get there, just don’t give up. It is possible.
- A walk in the sunshine can do wonders. Even when you don’t want to, get up and go for a walk. You’ll be glad you did.
What is the greatest lesson you’ve learnt?