I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m 26 today. Or as Matt likes to put it, I’m officially closer to 30 then I am to 20.
He’s always so supportive.
I know I’m still a few years away from 30, but every year it does get a bit harder to see the big three-O approaching. Like where did it all go? Wasn’t I JUST celebrating my 20th birthday? I had dinner at my parents and they got me a Keurig for my first apartment. And at the time I had just graduated college and moved to the city to start my career.
Since then I’ve had 5 different jobs, bought a car, got married, visited 8 different countries, parted ways with some good friends but made some great new ones, and learned more about myself in those 5 years then I did in the 20 years before them.
And so, instead of looking back on old photos and wondering where the time went or running out to the store to load up on every wrinkle cream and eye serum I can find, I’m going to focus on all of the things I’ve learned in the past 25 years.
25 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self
- Be nicer to your siblings. One day they will become your best friends.
- Try not to get sucked into the drama of high school and college. Life is so much better after graduation.
- In the real world your work ethic is everything.
- Being an introvert is nothing to be ashamed of.
- And it’s totally okay if the bar/club is not your scene.
- Always keep the receipt.
- It’s NEVER too early to start an emergency savings account.
- The best way to learn to love yourself is by taking care of yourself.
- If it doesn’t bring joy to your life, it doesn’t belong in your life. The same goes for the people in your life.
- Don’t be so sensitive. Not everything is about you.
- Some sun, fresh air, and a good sleep can cure almost any bad day. And if not, there’s always wine.
- The other cure for a bad day? A twenty second hug.
- You’ll always be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do then the things you did do.
- A white v-neck and jeans is always in style.
- At the end of the day, the material things don’t matter. Spend your money on experiences, not things.
- And if you are going to spend your money on more stuff, focus on quality, not quantity.
- Ignore the fad diets. In the long run, it’s much more important to focus on eating to fuel your body.
- But learn to live a little to. It’s okay to have carrot cake for breakfast once in a while.
- If your curious about something chase it. It might just lead you to finding your passion.
- Your shoes can make or break your outfit.
- It’s okay to be selective on how your spend your time and who you spend it with.
- Having a strong but uneducated opinion just makes you look like a jerk.
- Being a nice person goes a long way.
- You’re a lot more like your parents then you think you are.
And most importantly:
You do you. You can’t be your best self unless you make sure to take care of yourself.