In honor of turning 25 a few weeks ago, I thought I would sit down and go through just some of the life lessons I have learned/realized along the way. I would like to think that there are more than 25 things too.
I would also like to point out that although I have realized these lessons in life, it does not mean that I am good at remembering them or accepting them.
One: Mornings are wonderful. This one is a relatively recent revelation. I certainly have not always been a morning person. I’ve learned that there is something wonderful about early mornings. Plus, you just get so much more done in the day (usually,calling myself out for all the lazy days I still have).
Two: Lazy days are good. Lazy days are important. Sometimes I feel like I need to spend my days off working on a to-do list a mile long. I am learning to let myself enjoy lazy days, and know that sometimes your girl just needs them.
Three: Friends are really hard to come by,especially good friends. Love the ones you have. Cherish them, and remind them of how important they are to you. Don’t let the good ones get away.
Four: With that, it is okay to let friends go. People are forever changing. Don’t keep bad friends in your life or people that bring you down. As hard as it is, it is important to remember that not everyone is meant to be in your life forever.
Five: No matter what you do in life, there is always going to be someone that does not agree with you, and there are always going to be people that just don’t like you.
Six: Pictures really are worth a thousand words. Take more of them. Not all memories last forever.
Seven: There is so much beauty in this world. Take the time to notice it.
Eight: Cherish the little things. Look for the good in every day.
Nine: Smile more. I admit 100% that I am a person with major RBF (Resting. Bitch. Face). It is a terrible habit. I am trying to work on that. One smile just might make another person’s day.
Ten: You are the only person you can truly rely on. You can have the most amazing people in your life, but at some point, probably multiple points, they are going to let you down. They just are.
Eleven: You are going to let yourself down too. Don’t be to hard on yourself when you do.
Twelve: Say yes more. Say yes to new experiences. As someone who lives with anxiety, it is hard to say yes to new things and new experiences.Heck, sometimes it is hard to say yes to things that I have done many times. Just say yes, it’s really not that hard.
Thirteen: Know that it is also important to say no. No can be a completely valid response. Don’t be afraid to say no when it is.
Fourteen: Holding a grudge is not worth it. The only person that it hurts is yourself. Learn to let go.
Fifteen: Forgiveness is important. Forgiveness is not for the other person/people, forgiveness is for you.
Sixteen: It is okay to go out in public with no makeup. I’ve never been a full face of makeup kinda gal, but I used feel like I had to at least throw on some concealer and mascara before heading out the door. Now I’ll roll out in mismatched clothes with absolutely no makeup on and be totally okay. Don’t like how I look? Don’t look at me!
Seventeen: Sometimes you just have to eat a cheeseburger, french fries, a large pizza, and a gallon size bag of sour patch kids. And don’t freak out when it happens. Eating healthy is so important, but ya gotta live people, ya gotta live!
Eighteen: Life is not fair. Bad things happen when you least expect them. Try not to let the bad things bring you down more than they need to.
Nineteen: Planning for the future is so important. Especially when it comes to saving money. Just don’t let that take over. Remember to live in the moment. Don’t get too caught up in the future.
Twenty: Be kind to everyone you meet.
Twenty-One: You never know what people are going through. Everyone goes through tough stuff, no matter how good they are at hiding it.
Twenty-Two: Drink LOTS of water. You can never have too much water. Actually, I’m pretty sure you can, but let’s not get too technical. Water is so good for you, drink up my friends.
Twenty-Three: Alone time is good for you. So much of our time is spent around other people. You have to take time for yourself.
Twenty-Four: Life is full of serious stuff. Don’t get too caught up in that. Remember to laugh, be silly, and have fun.
Twenty-Five: It is okay to not have your life all figured out. I thought that by 25 I would have my life all together, I really did. I thought for sure I would be married, have the best job ever, and a few kids in the mix. I am currently 25, not married, no kids, and I have a good job, but not the best job ever. People at 105 don’t have their life all figured out. I don’t think anyone ever does. That’s okay.