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21 Things I’ve Learned In 21 Years
Normally when I see these posts, the writer has just turned 21, which I haven’t, I’m actually exactly halfway to being 22, even though I only look around 17, but I still wanted to share 21 things that I’ve learned in 21 years. There’s quite a lot of honest serious things, but there’s a few funny things in there too. So here goes.
1. School is important, but not as important as the teachers make out. By that I mean, yes you need to do good in your exams, but you also need to enjoy school. When I look back now, I had the best time at school and I wouldn’t change a thing, and I still come out with good grades.
2. It’s okay to grow out of your friends. When my group of friends started to drift apart I thought the world was coming to an end and I’d be left with no friends at all, but that wasn’t the case, although I’m still really close to quite a few of them, I’ve made new friends and people grow up in different ways and lead different lives. I used to remind myself that my mum doesn’t still hang around the park with her school friends and she’s okay, seemed to help.
3. The first year of college after leaving school is just a trail run. I studied in college for 4 years altogether, the first year was just a ‘I don’t know what to do’ the second year was a ‘get some skills behind my back in something I enjoyed’ then the last 2 years was ‘this is perfect’ Now when I look back, I enjoyed every single year.
4. To follow your dreams. No matter how crazy they may seem, just keep at it. Hopefully in 10 years time I can come back to this and tell you all I’ve done it.
5. When money seems to become the most important thing in your life, take a step back and work stuff out. Money does not bring happiness.
6. Treasure your family. As your getting older, so are you’re family, so treasure them as much as possible, spend as much time as you can with them.
7. Memories are important. 5 years ago I decided to start a scrapbook, and it was the best thing I’ve ever decided to do. I’ve got all the memories in there that I want to treasure.
8. Do what you want to do. Don’t be scared of being judged because if you look back who’s better off? You or the bullies?
9. Explore. One of the best things about being 21, at the moment, is the kind of freedom it gives you. When you become an adult, although your parents still worry, you’re free to go where you want to. My favourite thing to do is jump in the car with the mr, and go off to somewhere we’ve never been before.
10. Forgiveness is really important. I won’t seem like it is at the time, but it really is. Even if your sister has stolen and ruined your favourite bag.
11. Mistakes happen on the daily and it’s okay, you’ll be laughing about them in a few week.
12. It’s okay to be selfish sometimes. I’ve always been someone to put others first, but when I look back at the times I was selfish, I didn’t regret it, it sometimes works out for the better.
13. Just buy it. Well this one comes from someone with a lot of experience. I am a shopaholic, not even exaggerating, but the amount of times I’ve mm’d and ahh’d about things and ended up buying it anyway, I most likely haven’t regretted it.
14. Don’t get attached to TV characters. I have definitely learnt that every TV character I have ever loved has died. I’m currently going through heartbreak over The Walking Dead.
15. Chores become a thing. My most dreaded chore is the weekly food shop, I absolutely hate it, but it’s something that’s got to be done when you become an adult, unfortunately.
16. Sleep becomes extremely important. If I don’t get enough hours sleep, I’m the worst person to be around. Yes, I’m only 21.
17. The years go by so fast. For some reason, as you get older life just zooms past, no idea why, but that means you should enjoy everyday as much as you can.
18. Love who you become. When you leave school, you seem to grow up really quickly, things change and you change. But it’s so important to just be you, let yourself love yourself.
19. Give yourself a break. When things don’t go as planned, get back up and try again, learn from the mistake.
20. Being independent isn’t as important as it seems. I remember when I turned 18, I felt pressured into doing everything for myself, showing that I wasn’t a kid anymore, but you should not feel like that. You don’t need to be independent, sometimes it’s just better to take a step back and rely on someone else.
21. You never have to fully grow up. Just have fun, as much as you can, and laugh every day, no matter if you’re 15 or 65
Looking back I kind of wish someone could have told me all this, give me a heads up that it’s going to be alright, so here’s my heads up to you, enjoy your life and everything in it.
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