25 Things I’ve Learned In 25 Years

Another 365 days around the sun.

I was on my way home last night when I started thinking about the fact that I’ve been living for a quarter century already. Is it not like high school? The first quarter of the 4 years is the most exciting – everything and everyone is new. Sophomore year – we’re well acquainted, more experienced, and classes are definitely getting more challenging. Third quarter aka junior year – we’re almost done, but not quite. Senior year though… we don’t care what anyone has to say about us. This is it. We’re at the top of the pyramid.

Like school, life has its lessons and class is always in session. I know I have sooo much more learning to do, but I wanted to recap on what I’ll be taking with me into the next 25 years of adulthood.

  1. Don’t wait until you’re in your fourth quarter of life to stop caring about what other people think of you. The greatest prison people live in, is the fear of what other people will think.
  2. Sunscreen is your best friend.
  3. So are vitamins, water, flossing and meditation.
  4. It’s important to do something after work instead of going straight home whether that be running errands, trying a new coffee shop or meeting with a friend.
  5. Make it a habit to disengage in conversation that discusses other people who have absolutely nothing to do with you.
  6. It’s okay to give yourself the time to recharge. We so desperately want our phone batteries to be at 100%, but we keep ourselves on the back burner.
  7. Never underestimate the power of cleaning your room, drawing a bubble bath, lighting candles and dreaming.
  8. Put in effort to look presentable no matter the time/place.
  9. Replace “Why is this happening to me?” with “What is this trying to tell me?”
  10. You can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no.
  11. Never, ever forget the excitement of possibilities.
  12. The real glow up is when you stop waiting to turn into some perfect hypothetical version of yourself and consciously enjoy being who you are in the present moment.
  13. Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?
  14. Take photos & videos, constantly.
  15. You need to be content with small steps. That’s all life is. Small steps that you take every day so when you look back down the road it all adds up and you know you covered some distance. It took me a long time to accept that, but it’s true. You need to have patience.
  16. Smile first thing in the morning & practice gratitude.
  17. Never stop asking questions about topics you’re not educated on – that’s how you’ll learn.
  18. If there’s anything that age brings to light, it’s the importance of quality time with family.
  19. Don’t be so hard on yourself – you never know who’s looking up to you.
  20. Be the energy you want to attract.
  21. You shouldn’t point out things about people’s appearances if they can’t fix them in ten seconds.
  22. Music is an incredible form of therapy.
  23. Don’t be afraid to make risky decisions – if you don’t get what you want, you learn what you don’t want.
  24. Make travel a priority. Don’t even think about waiting for retirement.
  25. Age is really just a number – we’re forever young if we want to be!

What lessons have been your favorite to learn in life?

Xo, Nan

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1 Comment

  1. #9 & #15, Yup!

    Also add this to your laundry list: Study principles rather than methods. A mind that grasps principles will devise its own methods.

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