I recently celebrated my 22nd and so I thought I’d write about the most important things I’ve come to learn as I reached one of the most influential ages. Ask Taylor Swift, she knows.
1. Always do your best. What you sow now you will reap later.
In just two years, I have changed from a university student to a mildly functional adult (or at least I try to), and have realized the power of giving something your absolute best – whether it be an exam, a job interview or a swimming race. As cliche as it sounds, but life is too short. Always do your best under any circumstance because when you do, you always get better.
2. Be kind always.
Everyone’s battling some sort of personal problems. Not just you. Or me.
3. Choose yourself first.
In this day and age where the pressure to be in a romantic relationship is at its highest, it is worth remembering to love yourself first and foremost. Go on, treat yourself with a gelato. Know your potential and put yourself first. You don’t have to take care of anyone one else but yourself. But of course, this doesn’t mean you forget about the ones close to you or the ones who have helped you get to where you are now. Invest in yourself but never lose sight of what’s important. Need more inspiration about this? Just listen to Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love Of All.
4. It’s about WHO you know, not WHAT you know.
I’m talking about this in the sense of finding employment. Today, it truly is about connections. Having someone you know work in the industry you’ve always dreamed of working is the best way to go. So get out there and meet people 🙂
5. Never too late nor too early.
Everything happens when it is supposed to happen. So sit back and enjoy the ride.
6. Don’t compare yourself to others.
Sometimes, we get caught up in the process of finding ourselves that we start to doubt our worth and instead look at the success of others. But what we often forget is that our purpose has already been made long before we were even born. So if you’re in your 20’s and are somewhat lost, relax and don’t you ever compare yourself to others because you’re the only « you » here. You do you.
7. Life is unfair…
But it’s still wonderful. Some dreams aren’t meant to come true. Some people aren’t meant to stay but that’s just how the cookie crumbles. Appreciate what you have now and celebrate small things and then you will find the beauty in life.
8. Your past will always be a part of you but it doesn’t have to define you.
Put your past aside and move on. You can let it haunt you but you cannot let it determine your actions in the future. It’s the only way to go.
9. Making a bad decision is better than making no decision at all.
Life is all about making the right choices and decisions. But how do we know if it’s the right one? Often we go by our gut feeling. Sometimes, though, we simply don’t know and that’s okay because we don’t have all the answers. Still, make one! Decide. If it ends up being a bad one, at least you know you gave it a shot. Don’t let every opportunity pass you by.
10. The more you give, the more you get.
What goes around comes around. But don’t do it on the sole purpose of wanting something in return. Do it because it’s the right thing to do.
11. Life starts outside your comfort zone.
Yes, travel the world! It’s expensive but worth every penny. If travelling overseas will see you breaking the bank, then travel domestically. The world is full of untold stories and unheard voices. Take risks and new challenges, learn a language and you’ll see just how educational travelling is.
12. Sleep, sleep, sleep!
Sleep is essential and unfortunately, with the advent of technology, people don’t seem to get a lot of it these days. So find time to take a power nap because once you hit your 20’s, sleeping becomes a dream you’re constantly longing for (pun somewhat intended).
13. Learn more about money.
Investing, saving, paying – everything that involves money! Get a proper financial education, not just the one you get from your parents during dinner time. Read books, watch videos on how the taxing works in your country. Learn how to save effectively. Money isn’t an evil thing.
Need inspiration? I recommend Robert Kiyosaki’s eye-opening book Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
14. Have an open mind.
Be open to new possibilities. Take things into perspectives. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t jump to conclusions. Be curious.
15. Take more photos and develop them.
Don’t just store them in your devices and post on social media. Make an album for each month. For each of your travels. For each time you bought yourself an ice cream. For each time you went to the beach.
16. Keep an eye on your health.
After all, what are your experiences, glories and riches for if you’re not in the best of health? Exercise regularly, eat healthy and feel awesomely!
17. Some things are out of our control.
Sometimes, things just happen and it isn’t anyone’s fault, which leads me to…
18. Things don’t always go according to plan.
No matter how much we plan our days, our time here or our future, there will always be instances when things will not follow the path you planned them to. And when they do, take it in your stride and who knows, it could may well be the best thing that never happened. Also, when things don’t go according to plan, they present you with more opportunities and that is always a bonus!
19. Smile more.
Not only is it healthy for you but for others around you.
20. Memories and moments over material things.
It’s the experiences, opportunities and friends that make your time memorable here on Earth, not the things you bought along the way.
21. Don’t be afraid of failures.
They suck. Trust me, I know. But just imagine if you’d never fail once in your life, you’ll never get off the ground; you’ll always be where you are.
22. Spend time wisely.
I mean, can you believe how fast 22 years has flown by? Spend time wisely. Find out what your « why » is and practice it every day.