25, you’ve been a good year. You started off tough but you’ve been an unpredictable year. It’s been a good one.
This year has been one of change and growth. Around this time last year, I was in a tough place mentally after parting ways with someone I loved. It took time and energy to get myself back on my feet. As I end 25 on a two week trip to Europe, I reflect on where I was last year. I am grateful for all of the opportunities and struggles that have led to where I am today.
So to signify my 26th birthday, I thought I’d share my 25 lessons I’ve learned in 25 years.
- Stop apologizing so much.
- Invest in good make up. Your skin will thank you, and so will your future self.
- Buy yourself flowers.
- Always be kind because you never what the other person has been through/is going through. Besides the world can always do with a little bit of kindness.
- You don’t need to raise your voice to be heard.
- Be patient.
- If you don’t ask, you won’t get.
- Not everyone you meet will like you and vice versa. That’s life.
- Having the last word isn’t important.
- Call/Text your family and tell them how much you love them.
- Support those around you.
- Be true to yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others around you. You are on your path.
- Let go of the haters/the people that cause more upset than happiness. They’re not worth it.
- Give yourself time to do whatever it is that you love. Even if it’s 5 minutes.
- Reach out for help when you need it-there’s always going to be somebody who’s willing to listen and give a lending hand.
- Say yes to activities, whether it’s coffee with a new friend, an event or a party. You’ll have nothing to look back on if you sit at home.
- Get out of your comfort zone. Try something new. Sign up for Yoga Teacher Training.
- Put your phone down at dinner. Take time to have a real conversation.
- When someone asks you to take a weekend trip, take it!
- Maybe getting a dog isn’t the most logical idea, but it was one of my best ones for sure.
- Dream big and dream often.
- Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something or that you don’t deserve something. Even if that person is you. Believe in yourself.
- Find an outlet that you enjoy whether it’s reading, art or exercising.
- Giving a helping hand will make you feel good.
- However hopeless a situation may feel, things will change.