On behalf of turning TWENTY SEVEN years young, I wanted to share 27 things I’ve learned in my 27 years of existence. I consider myself to get wiser and more knowledgeable every day so this will be a fantastic learning experience.
And if you’re older and more wiser than me, please feel free to share any wisdom in the comments below. I welcome life lessons.
Anyway, enjoy all the wisdom!
Things will always work themselves out. “This too shall pass.” Every problem and issue you have will eventually work itself out. Nothing lasts forever and everything happens for a reason. Sorry for the corny cliches but it’s all so very true.
Practice may not make you perfect, but it will always make you better than you were before. This kind of goes without saying. If you want to be better at something, put in the effort and practice and you will get better. Even if the progress is small, you’re moving forward and that counts for something.
Some people just suck, and there’s nothing more to it than that. There’s no way to get along with everyone and some people you love will hurt you. It happens. It’s part of life. But just keep being the best person you can be and forget about the rest. It won’t matter in the long run anyway.
Harry Potter is the best story to have ever been written. If this list end up not being enough, go re read the Harry Potter series because Albus Dumbledore is the wisest of them all. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” “It is our choices that show us what we truly are far more than our abilities.” ACED IT.
Establishing a healthy work/life balance is incredibly important. I should write a whole post about this because it’s something I feel very strongly about. Going to work and putting in your time is important and valuable, but having your free time and respecting yourself enough to enjoy that time is also very important. It’s all about balance.
When you respect yourself, other people have no choice but to follow suit. Even if they don’t like you, they can see how you feel about yourself and have no choice but to respect the fact that you respect yourself…. Just go with me, it’s true and it works.
Success means nothing if you don’t have people to share it with. We learn this in every movie ever made, but it really is true. Having success means nothing if you can’t share and celebrate with the people you love.
Food genuinely brings me happiness and that does not mean I’m lacking emotionally. Ok it annoys me when people judge this kind of comment. I love food. I love cooking and baking and I love eating. I love cooking for other people and I love finding new places to eat that I enjoy. It does make me happy. It doesn’t “replace” love or anything of the sort. I am not an unhappy person because I love food. I’m just very passionate about it and that does not mean there’s something wrong with me.
Finding my soulmate is, and always will be, the highlight of my life. I could go on for hours but I won’t. This speaks for itself.
Travelling opens up your eyes to the world around you. Oh man does it ever. Not only did I learn so much about myself and who I am when I moved to the UK, but I’ve learned so much more about the world. And I’ve been able to view America from an outsider’s perspective. If there’s one thing to do in your life, you should travel to different countries and learn more about the world. It’s invaluable.
Being uptight is the least fun way to live. I’ve met and known too many uptight people to see how much they miss out on being close minded. Open yourself to different possibilities. There’s so much out there to do and see.
Saving money is way better than being in debt. Being broke is the worst. Before I moved to the UK, I had a good set up and if I had been a little better about saving, I probably would be much less stressed these days. It’s an important life lesson to learn and definitely not one to take lightly.
People will always show you their true colours during the significant moments in your life. It’s a great way to weed out the people who don’t truly care about you. When we got engaged, we definitely realised who valued us as much as we valued them. And it can break your heart when people show you that you’re not that important to them, but it’s also a good thing to know for the future.
The best legacy to leave behind is to be a genuinely good and kind person. Sure people may not like you for many reasons, but if there’s one thing to leave behind, it’s kindness. It goes a long way.
Pushing your beliefs onto others – religious, political, or otherwise – is wrong. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s when people feel the need to make you believe what they believe and then try to make you feel guilty for not believing it. I just don’t understand this concept. I personally don’t care what god, if any, someone else believes in as long as they have good morals.
Generally speaking, most people are inherently good. Of course there are still evil people. In my experience though, most people try to do the right thing and have good hearts.
Life is too short to not do what you’re passionate about. I can’t tell you how much joy blogging brings me. I really do hope I can make this part of my future career because I want to spend the majority of my day doing something I love and have passion for. I know people who chose the job that made money over passion and it doesn’t end well. I’d spend my life happy.
Hangovers do get much worse with age. And it sucks. It’s really hit me the last year or so but it’s the truest thing ever. Young people, drink your little hearts out now because one day you will not be able to. One day, drinking will equal death.
The most successful friendships and relationships are the ones when both people have the same values. PREACH. Yes I realise I am saying this to myself… I’ve learned this one rather recently. So before you get into any kind of serious relationship, make sure you think this one over because if you don’t value the same things, it ain’t gon’ work.
Women are very capable of doing anything they want to, just like men are. I wish society could just accept it and leave it at that. Sexism is annoying and people who still think women belong at home and in the kitchen and men belong doing carpentry work and being the only ones to provide for their family need to go away. Let’s just all do what we want to do and call it a day. Why does there need to be an argument over it?
Millennials are not as bad as some people make us out to be. Most of the millennials I know are willing to work hard, but they also expect to be paid for said hard work, which I completely agree with. Also, remember that the ones who do expect everything to be handed to them were raised that way. And it’s only fair to blame the parents for raising them that way. My mom and dad sure as hell didn’t raise me to expect free stuff. Well, except on birthdays. Everything should be free on your birthday!!
Life is all about the little things. D made me a coffee this morning and bought me a Paddington Bear for my birthday which is all I’ve wanted since I’ve seen the movie and I could not be happier. Those are the simplest little things and it meant so much to me.
You are a reflection of the people you spend the most time with. DUUUUDE. This really is so true. Make sure your close friends and family are genuinely good people because it will rub off on you and make you a better person. D has made me much calmer and kinder just by being himself.
Making people feel good about themselves is the best way to win them over. No matter who it is: a boss, friend, family member, Stalin. It’s all the same. Hit them with a genuine compliment. People will always remember how you make them feel, so if you want to be liked, make them feel good. And if you don’t care if people like you, tell them to F off. Why make an effort if you don’t care?
Material possessions really don’t mean much. Yeah fair enough, an engagement ring is special, but it’s the promise that truly means the most. And same with anything else you own. Don’t spend your whole life chasing designer labels and the most expensive items in the shop. In the end, what you’ll remember are the people you spent your life with and the memories you created with them.
Taking care of yourself is the best way to keep yourself happy. Eating well, exercising, treating yourself every once in while. It goes hand in hand with the respect thing but this is all about you. Be selfish every once in awhile. Everyone needs time for themselves.
Don’t ever apologise for being who you are. We are all different and special in our own ways. And that is a good thing. Don’t follow others blindly because that’s what everyone else is doing. Be yourself and stand up for what you believe in. I stopped apologising for who I was a long time ago and it was so freeing. I’ve disappointed people close to me because I am who I am but that’s just something they’ll have to learn to accept if they want to keep me in their lives.
Things I Have Yet to Learn
Why do some people care SO MUCH about how others live their lives? It’s so insignificant. How about we all agree not to murder and be mean to each other and just live peacefully? (I just want world peace)
Why some people think God loves everyone, yet won’t “allow” the gays to be married? ……huh?
How was the universe really created? Was it the Big Bang? Was it something else? Is there a god? Was there a big omnipotent dragon that just willed everything into being but decided it would take billions of years because, well, why not? And if so, do we ever get to meet the dragon? What’s his/her name?
Why in the world are there people in this world who don’t like to laugh? And WHY don’t you like to laugh??
Why, OH WHY, are the Kardashians so popular? Can we please make the madness stop??
Why am I not yet rich? It’s taking much too long.
Why are you still reading this ridiculous list? I am totally just messing with you all now…. 😛
I do hope I get the answers to some of these questions before I die, however I do think I’ll have a hard time ever figuring out number 5….. No one really knows the answer.
If you have any wisdom you’d like to share with me, please feel free to leave it below.