I just celebrated my 25th birthday a couple of days ago! What an accomplishment. It feels oddly good to be 25, but totally weird that I’m in my MID-twenties (oh my goodness). I woke up this morning feeling like binge-watching The Bachelor on Hulu and not getting out of bed, but then I started to get hungry so I scrambled to the kitchen to make some oatmeal and drink my terrible-tasting yet healthy apple cider vinegar tonic. Blehhhhh. In an instant I felt energized. I thought ‘there is so much I can do today before work but if I sit in bed all day, today will be like all the other unproductive days, and I’m left grasping for time to do the things I love like read or write or craft! Immediately I began to put away the clean dishes, wash the ones in the sink, make some green tea, even meal prep some salmon and sweet potato in the oven. As I huddled back to my warm bed to eat my oatmeal, I felt refreshed and productive. So I am feeling really good about this whole 25 thing, and I just know that this will be one of the best years of my life.
It’s odd how things change. One minute you’re leaving the nest, and the next you’ve got all these experiences under your belt! There is so much I have learned in 25 years and so much I’ve yet to learn. Here are some lessons I think would be beneficial for anyone at any age. Enjoy!
- Communication really is important. We could avoid so many quarrels and misunderstandings if we just took the time to communicate and listen correctly.
- Reading is the best way to keep your brain working. Surely you have time to read one page a day. Use sticky notes to create notes of what you learn and apply it. Self improvement books are great!
- Chicken tikka masala is LIFE. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, try mild. It’s delish!
- Let go of people who put you down, don’t see your value, or don’t dedicate time to you.
- Don’t shake a bottle of Kombucha (especially not in the car).
- Quit that job you hate, and follow your passion.
- Your past does not define you.
- Learn to be alone and be okay with it.
- Know how to defend yourself. Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
- Not really digging the outfit you’re wearing or feeling totally blah? + Red lipstick.
- Your parents really do want the best for you. Call them often. (P.S. Your Mom was right)
- Forgiveness frees you. Forgive that person. More importantly, forgive yourself.
- Exercise. It’s therapeutic, and it releases endorphins which make you happy.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- Take the tea bag out of your tea after seeping it if you want it to NOT taste like a dirty sock (not that I’d know what one tastes like or anything).
- Don’t wait to be “in shape” to do or start something. (i.e. wear a swim suit, go to the beach, start a fitness class etc.)
- Failure is a step closer to success. So fail; fail miserably.
- Try sour beer. Trust me.
- Pray and thank God every day.
- Everyone you meet knows something you don’t. If you have trouble networking or making conversation – think positively – this person has something to teach me; now go and find out what it is.
- You are allowed to put yourself first. When you take care of your health, your energy and enthusiasm will radiate towards everyone around you. You’ll have a better outlook on life, improve your work performance, strengthen your relationships and actually start to live your life in the present moment.
- There’s no use in crying over spilt milk.
- Know a little somethin’ somethin’ about geography.
- If you have a question about something or are asked a question you don’t know, google it. It will come up again in conversations with people. How awesome that you’ll know the answer?
- Set alarms and timers for EVERYTHING because you will forget.
Did I miss something? What lessons have you learned thus far? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading.