Happy Birthday to me! I’m 25 years old today. Woohoo! I’ve always loved my birthday. If you had asked me where I would be spending my 25th birthday, I definitely wouldn’t have said in hot, dusty, desert Australia – Alice Springs! But here I am.
I wasn’t sure what to post about on my birthday. I knew I wanted something to go up today, for me to look back on in years to come when my blog has exploded with popularity and success (birthday wish?), but I didn’t know exactly what that would be.
So I decided that it would be fun to write 25 things I’ve learnt in my lifetime. I’m sure I’m not the first person to have come up with this genius and oh so original blog post idea, but since I couldn’t think of anything else, I decided to be a follower instead of a leader.
Here are 25 things I’ve learnt during my 25 years living on Earth:
1. Don’t take things too seriously.
This applies to most things in life, but more so in regards to work and things that I can’t control. I’ve had too many breakdowns and panic attacks over things that had been simply an overreaction. This isn’t to say that everything should be taken as a joke, but there’s a time and place to worry about things!
2. Don’t be so critical of your body.
Having lived with an eating disorder for 5 of my 25 years on Earth, I have a lot of experience with this. Eating healthy and exercising is an important part of life, as it keeps your body healthy and helps you to live longer. However, once it becomes an obsession or something that you’re constantly thinking and worrying about, it’s time to take a step back and remember that life it too short to focus too much of your time and energy into looking a certain way! You’re perfect just the way you are.
3. Always smile more than you frown.
Happy people attract more happy people. The happier you are, the better your life will be! I bet if you’re walking down the street and see a person smiling and another who looks miserable, you’re more than likely going to interact with the first, happier person, right? Don’t let the small, insignificant things in life get you down. After all, in a month or even less, they aren’t gonna matter anyway!
4. Explore and appreciate your hometown.
This is something that I’ve learned recently, after moving to Alice Springs for 8 months, from the city of Adelaide. I had never truly appreciated Adelaide more than I do now. I took the living in the city and all of the amazing things that come with that, for granted. However, I’m grateful for the opportunity to move interstate, as it’s given me a new appreciation for my hometown! Go out and explore the place you live. You never know when your situation might change, and you’ll have to move away from the place you’ve become so comfortable in.
5. Appreciate the small things in life.
Being able to come home to the person you love, having a nice warm bed in winter and access to an air conditioner in summer, having the opportunity to travel and see the world. These are all things that most of us take for granted (including myself) and tend to overlook when we’re having a bad day. Try and remember them next time you’re feeling down, and appreciate what you have!
6. Take lots of photos.
I know there are people who are hardcore believers of living in the moment, and so am I – to an extent. Memories are such an important part of life. Being able to look back on moments in time is n incredible thing. I am a strong believer in taking photos of absolutely everything. Whatever you want to remember in years to come, take a photo of it. I regret not taking as many photos as I should have, especially while travelling! That just means all my future travels, I’ll be photograph crazy! There’s nothing wrong with capturing a moment, especially a special and important one.
7. Just do it.
I’ve spent so much time going over the pros and cons in my head and whether or not I should do something. But that’s plain and simply time wasted! If you want to do something, and it isn’t going to put yourself or other people at risk, and isn’t (dangerously) illegal – do it! You’ll regret the things you didn’t do, a lot more than the things you did.
8. Don’t hold grudges.
We all do this. Staying mad at someone for too long over something insignificant and stupid. Remember, life is short. Don’t be mad at someone for too long. Let it go, forgive and move on!
9. It’s okay to be sad.
There are far too many people in the world who bottle in their feelings until they reach the point of exploding. Holding in your emotions, especially negative ones, isn’t healthy. If you’re feeling sad, cry. If you’re feeling worried or anxious, talk to someone about it. If you’re afraid, let someone know and they can help you through it. Emotions aren’t the devil. But ignoring them and pushing them away, can cause future problems.
10. Get outdoors more.
I spent most of my teenage years hating being outside. I was very much an inside person, only venturing outdoors when I had to. But these days, I love walking around and exploring my neighbourhood. Going for hikes and bike rides around new places. It’s exciting and great exercise! It also allows you to experience the area you live in, and you’ll learn a ton of new things, too!
11. Work your ass off for the things you want.
Don’t expect success to just fall into your lap. If you want something, you have to work for it. That goes for money, career success, travel and everything in between. Anything that is worth having, takes a lot of time and effort to achieve. Don’t give up if things don’t fall into place straight away. Pursue what makes you happy, and you’ll be surprised just how far you come!
12. Learn to say no more often.
You don’t have to do everything that someone asks you to do. This goes for all aspects of your life. Even your working life (within reason, of course). If you work in a casual job and need extra money, but have made plans with somebody – keep those plans! Yes, the extra money would be nice, but making memories and spending time with loved ones is more important.
13. Be childish sometimes.
I don’t mean kick up a tantrum in the middle of the supermarket because your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/mum/dad/sister/brother/friend/next-door-neighbour won’t buy you the toy you want. Obviously. Doing things that seem childish but are actually a lot of fun, can be therapeutic! Buy some puzzles or board games, or even jump on the colouring book bandwagon and get creative!
14. Be confident.
Most of my childhood and teenage years was spent being insecure with myself, my body and the person I was becoming. I was a shy kid and never let anybody too far into my life because I was afraid they wouldn’t accept me for who I am. But as I grew older, I realised that was all a waste of time. Anybody who is worth having in your life, will love and accept you for exactly the person you are. Don’t settle for anything less!
15. Money is important, but not TOO important.
Yes, money buys us almost everything we could ever need or want. But don’t spend too much time worrying and stressing about it. Everyone goes through money struggles at one point in their life. There are lots of ways to get things back on track, though! Do some research or talk to a budgeting professional and you’ll be on top of things in no time.
16. Surround yourself with good people.
I’ve wasted a lot of time on people who don’t deserve it. It wasn’t until those people were out of my life, that I realised that I had made a big mistake. The people who make you happiest, and those who lift you up instead of dragging you down – those are the people you need in your life!
17. Be careful what you throw away.
I’ve had a teddy bear that I have slept with since I was a week or so old. His name is Teddy. I will never, ever throw him away. He’s one of the things I would grab if there was ever a fire. Why? Because when I was younger, he was my therapist. He was my comfort. He made me happy when I was sad. So although I’m 25 now, and he lives in my dresser drawer instead of on my bed, I will never get rid of him. Don’t throw away anything that makes you happy, no matter how old you get!
18. Being an adult is hard.
Remember in high school, when you hoped for the day you’d be finished with your education and outside those walls, never having to go back? I bet you wish you were there now. Instead, we have to deal with bills, work, stress and money struggles. Adulting is hard. But it’s also rewarding. Try to remember that when you spend an entire day doing the dishes and endless loads of washing.
19. Drink lots of water.
A random lesson to have learnt, but undeniably, water is pretty damn good for you. It’s tasty and you can add so many things to it to make it taste even better! Not to mention it’s an essential part of keeping us alive! I always feel happier and more alert when I’ve included lots of water in my daily diet. (Did you just have some water like I did? 😉 Helping people live healthier lives since 1992 🤘)
20. Don’t be judgemental.
Whether it’s judging someone by their looks, the things they enjoy doing or the things that they worry and stress about – basically anything that makes them who they are, don’t do it. Don’t be a judgemental person. It isn’t attractive and just makes you look like a douche.
21. Make the most of every day.
If it’s sunny outside (or even if it isn’t), go for a walk! If there’s something that you’ve been wanting to do for weeks or months, do it! Make the most out of every day, and you’ll feel so much more productive and happy!
22. Write the things you feel.
This might be on the list because I’ve always loved to write, but I’m the type of person to record any and all events and happy moments in my life – in one way or another. Whether it’s posting photos and status updates on social media, or going old school and using a pen and paper. It’s therapeutic and a great way to be able to look back on those memories in the future.
23. Positivity is the key.
Even if you’re having a rough day, always try and find something positive in your life. If you’re having a stressful day at work, concentrate on the fact that you only have a few hours left in the day, then you get to go home and relax! If money issues are making life difficult, do something fun that is completely free. There is always something positive in every situation. It just takes us longer to see it sometimes!
24. Appreciate the people in your life.
This can be as simple as sending someone a text message, asking them about their day, or tagging them in something on social media that you know will make them smile. Small but caring gestures like this, make both parties a lot happier!
25. Make the next 25 years even better.
I’ve had a few struggles during the first 25 years of my life. But they have all led me here, and have led me to the love of my life. So I am 100% certain the next 25 years will be even better. I’ll make sure of it!
There you have it. What felt like the longest post I’ve ever written! 25 things I’ve learnt in my 25 years on Earth.
Now I’m going to go enjoy my birthday with my wonderful boyfriend, eat lots of food and drink lots of vodka 🍸
Leave me a comment, telling me something you’ve learnt so far this year! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 💭