25 Things I've Learned In 25 Years

29 Mar 2019

Happy birthday to me (for yesterday)! If you're brand new here, this post is a little something that I like to do to mark my birthday, and this year, I just so happen to be 25! I've said it before on this blog that 25 feels like a good number to me. I get a bit of a vibe of numbers for ages, and 25 feels like a good'un. But because I've turned 25 today, that means I'm listing 25 things I've learned over the years.

Now, just a little side note - not all of these points will apply to everyone. These are things that are personal to me and if you relate, then that's amazing! But if you disagree with something, that's ok too, but don't be mean about it. It is my birthday after all! It's also worth mentioning that these are things that I've learned across 25 years, not just in the last year, so there could be all sorts in here. Take a look at my list to find out!
  1. Age really is just a number - I learned this in my current relationship, which just so happens to be an age gap relationship. Alex has taught me that love doesn't have to fit society's mould and it's actually kind of nice to do your own thing
  2. Having an anxious brain doesn't make you a bad person - you are allowed to say no to things, you are allowed to cancel and you are allowed to have time to yourself
  3. Settling on just one career path is hard
  4. Brownies and cookies are my thing when it comes to baking - there are just no two ways about it!
  5. Change is necessary for growth
  6. "Feel the fear and do it anyway" is a quote that everyone should live by - I'm a terrible worrier, but I know that by pushing myself, I come out of scary situations feeling accomplished, so feeling the fear and doing it anyway is something everyone should take on board
  7. No one really has their life together
  8. Uni was the best time of your life - even though I didn't do the typical student lifestyle of drinking, constant takeaways, all nighters and skipping lectures, I miss uni so much
  9. Losing all your friends because you're determined to be a boss is kind of sad - I'm awful at friendships and that's something that I've said for years. I'm always too focused on forwarding my career or blog that friends kind of fall by the wayside.
  10. Misophonia is a legitimate thing and is a perfectly reasonable excuse for punching people
  11. Take that perfect 'blogger' photo is difficult - and I'll probably never achieve it
  12. Body image issues can run deeper than you think - this relates heavily to the 'blogger photo' point
  13. Wear whatever the heck you want to wear - one of my favourite outfits involves dungarees and glittery trainers, and yes, I'm in my 20s, but so what? Wear what makes you happy
  14. People who keep up a blogging schedule whilst working full time are superheroes - please enlighten me as to how you do this! I find it especially hard because I work with written content in my day job, so after a day of writing, I don't feel up to blogging when I get home
  15. I have an addiction to buying makeup - it's taken me a while to come to this conclusion, but the turning point was when I realised that I online shop for makeup almost every day, even though I have SO much of it already. Help!
  16. I prefer online friends to in-person friends - this sounds kind of harsh, but I find being around people to be so draining. With online friends, I can chat from the comfort of my bed and actually plan what I want to say, rather than having to have full conversational flow out loud
  17. Just because you haven't won any awards for your blog, that doesn't mean it's bad
  18. Cake should never be reserved just for birthdays
  19. Grab as many opportunities as you can by the horns - I used to be so bad for saying no to absolutely everything, but recently, I've been tackling almost every opportunity that has come my way, and I feel so much better for it!
  20. Onion rings are sent from heaven
  21. Talk out your problems instead of letting them eat you up - I'm still kind of bad at this, but I'm getting there!
  22. Instagram is great fun, but not great for your mental health - all those Insta influencer bodies are not achievable for me in any way, no matter how much I try, but do I still look at them and cry because I'm chubby. Yep, but I'm stepping back a little bit
  23. Not actively drinking doesn't mean you're boring
  24. I am not ready for kids - I wanted to be a young mum and have a baby by 25, but now I think about how disorganised and poor I am, and no child should be brought into that. ONE DAY!
  25. Getting older isn't as bad as it seems - I had a bit of a phase where getting older was the worst thing on the planet. The thought of bills and mortgages made me feel sick, but now, I'm freaking excited about it. It helps that I'm happy with lots of other aspects of my life, but yeah, getting older is pretty cool
Wow - if you made it through that whole list, then well done you! It was pretty chunky and I haven't got a clue why the numbers from 10-25 lost their first digits, so please just ignore that. So from onion rings to Instagram, and body issues to friends, I've learned a fair few things over the last 25 years and I'll definitely continue to do so.

I don't want to promise that there'll be a 26 things in 26 years post next year because I don't know how people will feel about a super duper chunky post, but we'll see!

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  1. Great post! These are all insightful things to have learned in 25 years :) I love the idea of doing a post like this (I might just have to do one when I turn 22)! Thanks for sharing!
    -Jenna ♥
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