It’s my birthday!
Yep, today I turn the grand old age of 26. Officially closer to 30 than 20… but I’m okay with that.
I love watching videos and reading blog posts that in this ‘XX Lessons I’ve Learnt in XX Years’ style, so I thought I’d add my own to the mix.
So without any further ado, here are 26 things that I have learnt in my 26 years:
- It’s always okay to start again from the beginning. – Last year, I made the huge decision to quit my job, start from scratch and train to be a teacher. It was the best decision I’ve ever made and I’m so glad I took that risk. Never be scared to start fresh if you need to – do what you need to do to be happy.
- Clothes don’t have to ‘go’. – If I like a top and a like a skirt, I’ll wear them together. Ignore fashion rules – wear what makes you feel good!
- Pets make me happy.
- 26 really isn’t that old.
- Taking the time to find the right career for you is worth it.
- Getting active really is good for you. – My twenties have been a very slow journey towards getting healthy for me, and I now make a real effort to be active every day if possible. I have learnt that I love to walk, I love to hit the gym, and it really does make me feel better, both physically and mentally. I should have listened to all those gym ads earlier!
- Chocolate porridge makes the best breakfast.
- Getting outside is such a mood-booster. – Again, if I can get out for a walk in a day, that day gets so much better.
- The more ‘yourself’ you are, the more comfortable you will feel. – Ignore what you’re ‘supposed’ to do!
- Thigh gaps basically don’t exist. – I’m just not built that way.
- I need a lot of sleep. – This has been a really important realisation for me and my health. I have completely accepted the fact that I need more sleep than some other people. Between my anxiety, the medication I take, and a long-standing B12 deficiency, I need a good night’s sleep to function properly. And that’s okay. In fact, I’ve grown to love it!
- B12 is hella important. – See number 9! If you are feeling nauseous, groggy and constantly exhausted – go get that B12 level checked. You wouldn’t believe how much of an impact it can have!
- It’s okay to love reading. In fact, it’s bloody awesome to love reading! – I love books. I love reading. I always have, and I always will. When I started secondary school, I started to read my book on the school bus and an older friend told me to never do that because people wouldn’t like me. I didn’t read in front of people for such a long time after that… which sucks! I love my books and I’m proud of it now. I just wish I could have this conversation with 11 year old me.
- It’s okay to not like going ‘out out’. – You can and will find friends who will stay in with you, drinking gin and playing board games.
- You will never feel like you’ve got it all together.
- You will never feel like you’re a responsible adult – even if you teach children every day!
- Finding a work-life balance is really important. – This is a new one for me. As you’ll see from the rest of my blog, I am really trying to keep a work-life balance right now. I have learnt in the last few months that it is very important to me that I am able to put my work down at the weekend, get out for a walk, see my friends and family, and just reset when I need to.
- It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a huge circle of friends. – Just make sure you have a few reliable ones.
- Peanut butter is worth the hype.
- I cannot keep a house plant alive.
- Living somewhere you love and feel comfortable and safe is worth the extra rent.
- No one really cares what you’re doing. – I mean this in the most encouraging way possible! I have definitely learnt that no one cares as much as I think they do. Working out in the gym feeling sweaty and unfit? No one’s looking! Got no makeup on when you go out? No one’s noticed!
- Feeling content is better than feeling happy/excited.
- Drink water.
- Drink more water.
- Just do what makes you happy.
The Self-Care Sloth