It was my 23rd birthday this week, and I figured I'd borrow an idea that's been floating around the blogosphere for a couple of years. Since I'm always up for a bit of self reflection, I thought I'd reflect on what I've learnt over the years.
Here's 23 things I've learnt over my 23 years:
1 - Always moisturise, regardless of how lazy you feel. You will feel awful in the morning, when you wake up with irritated dry patchy skin. Don't do it! Skincare is too important to skimp on.
2 - Always keep a book in your handbag (or download a few onto your phone/tablet). You'll look really put together to anyone who might see you and you'll never be bored.
3 - Sometimes cake for breakfast is the only way to go. Don't knock it until you've tried it and don't feel guilty while you do.
4 - Smile at strangers (and retail workers). You never know what such a small gesture could mean to someone. If you have the chance to make someone smile, always take it.
5 - Feeling like your life is slowly falling apart is natural.It's not just you and it takes time to get to a place of stability. Even that hardly lasts long.
6 - When someone shows you their true colours, believe them. Seeing the good is one thing, but trying to find good when it isn't there is another entirely.
7 - Take time for your family, always. If you stop and think about it, your siblings are growing up and your parents are growing older. Don't take time for granted.
8 - Sometimes a day of sleeping in and lazing around is a good idea. When the world gets too loud, take it as a cue to take a break.
9 - Perspective is so important. It can change a world ending disaster into a blessed new chapter. Try it!
10 - Your health is something only you can comment on. Don't let someone else tell you that you're healthy or otherwise, if you don't think that's the case. You know your body.
11 - Education doesn't end once you're out of school. Your desire to learn may well be more prominent when you can choose what and when you want to learn.
12 - Taking time out for yourself does not make you selfish!
13 - Always always always wear your retainer! If you've had to go through years of braces and treatments, why would you risk it all getting ruined by your sheer laziness? (I speak from experience of being that lazy idiot).
14 - Do not scroll through Instagram when you're having a bad day. It will make you feel worse.
15 - Scroll through Pinterest instead and just see as you feel all warm and fuzzy. If that fails, cute animal videos on YouTube are always a win!
17 - Waking up before the sun rises, and watching it come up, is a great start to any day.
18 - Sleep is important and we all need different amounts of it. Don't feel lazy if you sleep a bit longer every night than the next person.
19 - No matter how old you get, a hug from a loved one will fix all manner of sins.
20 - If a hug isn't feasible, a cup of tea will work wonders.
21 - Stop comparing lives, successes or failures. Just be your own biggest fan and just do you!
22 - No matter how out of reach your dreams may be, try and try again. There's nothing worse than unfulfilled potential. "What ifs" are no fun.
23 - Just have fun and don't take yourself too seriously. You've got the rest of your life ahead of you!
It was surprising quite difficult to think of enough points, but digging a little deeper and reflecting is always a good thing.
That's all from me for now.
Until next time, be inspired...