Happy birthday to me!
I’ll be honest, I’ve not exactly been looking forward to this birthday and have been struggling to come to terms with getting closer to 30. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t acctually think I’m “old” by any means, it’s just that time has gone so quick and it’s incredibly unsettling – I haven’t acheived everything that I thought I would have by now.
Life just really isn’t as simple as I though it would be, but I’ve sure learnt a lot on the way, so before I start rambling too much, let’s jump straight in to the 28 life lessons that I’ve learnt in 28 years!
- Too much stress is actually physically unhealthy. I’ve always been a stressed out and anxious person, so I’m well aware of the physical side effects this causes, but I never really considered the long term health effects until a few years ago – it’s quite scary what too much stress can do your body over time, so it’s important to keep it in check.
- That being said, your health is your number one priority. My mum always used to say to me that as long as I had my health, everything else was secondary and I didn’t really get it until we were hit by the recent pandemic. Since then, I’ve really started to appreciate my health and am more active in trying to look after myself.
- That means you need to look after yourself. Drink the water, brush your teeth, eat vegetables and wash your face. Once you get past 25, you’ll only regret all those times you didn’t.
- Life really is short. Unfortunately, I think this is something that only really rings true after losing a loved one. It’s one of those things we all sort of know, but until I have to say that until I experienced a family member passing away, it never seemed real.
- Time waits for no one. Similarly, time won’t ever stop, no matter what you’re going through. If you want to acheive something, don’t wait!
- You can’t plan life. You just can’t! You can plan for the short term of course, and I guess have an idea as to what you wish to get out of life, but you definitely can’t plan it all out perfectly.
- It’s ok not to be ok. Just know when to reach out and ask for help when you need it.
- It’s also ok if you don’t actually know what to do with life. Just like you can’t plan it all out, it’s ok if you don’t even have a clue where to start.
- When you do know what you want to do, do everything you can to work towards it – don’t procrastinate! I spent years putting things off and I often wonder where I could have got to, if I just just got on and done the things I wanted to.
- People can be amazing, they’re not always scary. I spent so much of my life being afraid of other people, when there really is no need. Sure, people can be as crap as they are awesome, but those people don’t matter anyway.
- Travel, travel, and travel again – and do it solo! Most of these life lessons I learnt while travelling solo to be honest, there’s so much to be said for giving it a go on your own, although I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t find it terrifying.
- Money isn’t the be all and end all, but it certainly helps. I used to feel like you had to be super rich to make it but that really isn’t the case. Not everything costs money and you can get a lot done on a shoestring! That being said…
- Budget wisely. It took me a long time to figure out how to budget properly to make my monthly pay last, and that’s when money becomes stressful! There’s a difference between not needing to spend much, and not actually having enough to buy food. Now I always make sure I budget properly for the month and can still save some too.
- Material things don’t matter in the end.
- BUT if it makes you happy at the time, and you can afford it, go for it and buy the things!
- It CAN be fun to drink and not everyone is an awful drunk. I had some unfortunate experiences with alcohol growing up and for a long time was convinced that drinking turned everyone in to the absolute Devil. Then I found a cocktail I liked and realised you can just get a little tipsy and have a good time, you don’t need to take it too far.
- You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. Before I discovered a drink that I liked, I didn’t drink at all and got a lot of stick for it. I stuck to my guns though until I was ready and honestly I’m glad I didn’t give in to peer pressure – if there’s one lesson I could pass on it would probably be this one.
- In the grand scheme of things, no one else cares about what you do. Of course, people do CARE, and I don’t want this to sound harsh in any way but when you look at the bigger picture, we’re all looking out for number one.
- On that note, dress for YOU. Who cares if it’s not “on trend”, or if other people don’t like it. Wear what makes you feel good.
- A few, really good friends is way better than lots and lots of acquaintances. I spent many years through school being upset over not having many friends, and my mum also telling me that as long as I had a few good friends then that’s all that matters. Why are mum’s always right?!
- Similarly, you can’t make everyone like you. Stop trying!
- You can’t regret the choices that you made in the past, as they were right for you at the time. I vividly remember having to go to the Army Careers office a few years ago to collect my rejection letter. I tried SO hard not to cry but was so upset. The reason I was rejected was due to a medical issue that had only developed that year. I SO regretted not applying when I had originally wanted to a few years before that, as then I might have got in – the officer told me that I couldn’t regret it because I made the choice that was right for me at the time. It took me a long time to actually agree with him, but it’s definitely true.
- Education is a priviledge. I’m sure I’m not the only one who spent most of my school life despising school and not really appreciating my time there. Unfortunately, you could have never convinced me at the time but years later I realised I should have made the most of it.
- You can’t run from your problems. No matter how far away you go, the problems will be right there waiting when you get back.
- You can’t control everything, only how you deal with it all. It’s so easy to worry about things we cannot control, but what’s the point in worrying baout it if you can’t actually change it? All we can do is focus on is how to deal with it. That was something else I really realised during the pandemic: I was SO worried about everything going on in the world, but finally I ended up realising that I can’t do anything about it in the grand scheme of things, only how I cope and respond personally.
- A postive mental attitude is everything. Although that doesn’t mean you have to happy all the time, no one is happy all of the time!
- Everything happens for a reason. I’m not saying it’s all fate or anything, but honestly I do believe everything does happen for a reason, even though it doesn’t always feel like it at the time.
- Finally, it really WILL all be ok. I promise.
It’s safe to say, just this year alone I have learnt so much about life in general, and I’m sure I’ve got a lot more to learn in the next 28 years – whatever they may bring! It’s been a bumpy ride, but I’m definitely proud for how far I’ve come.
Let me know in the comments what you’ve learnt about life recently and come back soon for the next post in my Trek America series.
17 thoughts on “28 Life Lessons I Have Learnt in 28 Years”
I loved this post, so many fab lessons! Especially that it’s ok to not be ok, this is something I’ve grown to learn over the past year! Thanks for sharing xx
Thanks so much 💜 it’s definitely one that took me a while to learn but it’s definitely an important one! Xx
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Aw HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
Your point no.5 – Time waits for no one – is one I’m finding painfully true! I don’t know what’s happening, maybe I’m not living ‘presently’ but time is going waaaaay too fast. 😂
I love the things you’ve learned. It’s good to reflect at times like this. I just wanted you to say you’re not alone in the birthday anxiety. I felt like that when hitting 28. I felt it big time hitting 31. I’m 32 this year and it doesn’t feel right, like I’ve skipped a few years and, I’ll be honest, it’s terrifying. Try to embrace it if you can (easier said than done). You’re learning so much, you’re growing, and the numbers don’t mean anything, not really.
I hope you have a lovely week – stretch out the birthday celebrations all week if you can 😉
Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I’m so glad you liked this post 💜 time is going so, SO fast! I think I’ll have a tough time leaving my 20s behind for sure – I definitely feel like I got stuck at maybe 23/24… how can I possibly be 28 already?! 😂 I’ll definitely try to embrace it though! Thanks so much again for stopping by! 🥰
Amazing lessons and so true!! Happy birthday!🎉
Thanks so much! 🥰
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It’s so great to think about the things we learn as we’ve gone through life and to take stock — you’ve got some great tips/advice that everyone could use! Thanks for sharing!
So very true! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I’m glad you liked it 💜
Such a great post! I hope you had a great birthday. It’s amazing to look back and see how much you learn each week. Thank you for sharing.
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Thanks so much! It was a great birthday in the end 🥰
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I loved reading this blog!! I could relate to a lot of this, in particular when you said that a few, really good friends is way better than lots and lots of acquaintances. I am someone that doesn’t have a massive social circle, but I have about 10/11 really really close friends which I am happy with this!
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Thanks so much, I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Great advice and life lessons. I definitely agree with the budgeting! I’m glad I got into saving my money quite early on when I was about 21 after uni. Thank you for sharing 😊
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Thanks so much for stopping by! 💕 it’s definitely an important one, I wish I’d figured it out earlier that’s for sure 😅
I absolutely loved all your lessons 🥺❤️
I loved this post. I always like reading what different people have learnt as they have grown and what life lessons they wish they had known about earlier. I really like the fact that you mentioned education being a privilege it really is. It is only really now I am at university and hearing of my grandparents, and girls across the world who do not have access to education that I realise just how much.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I enjoy reading what other people have learnt too, so I’m glad it’s not just me that does!
I took education for granted while I was at school, at the time I didn’t realise there were people in the world that had no access to it!