Last week I celebrated my birthday on the beautiful island of Kos, Greece. Not just any birthday, it was my 25th birthday. That’s a quarter of century (makes me sound old)!
I certainly look my age but sometimes I feel a lot younger on the inside. I can remember by thoughts as a teenager; what I thought my life should look like at 25. Because back then, 25 was a full fledged, grown, adult. And it is. But that is not synonymous with ‘put-together’, or ‘established’ and certainly not ‘perfect’. Being human and being perfect have to be polar opposites… Anyway, one stark difference between now and back when I was a teen are my experiences: arbitrarily described as good and bad. But what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’? It’s all down to your perception. I don’t know what your beliefs are as you read this but my faith tells me that all things work out for my good.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them
So whatever happens, no matter what it looks like, my experiences can be good.
Here are 25 things I have learned in 25 years:
- You don’t have to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity, whether it relates to work or relationships
- Things don’t always go according to plan
- BUT, planning helps to gauge what’s next and things you need to act on now
- Time is money – don’t waste either
- You do not – and should not – work to live, but should rather work for the living you want
- ‘Working’ and ‘having a job’ are not one and the same
- Make the effort to spend quality time with family and friends
- Educate yourself on personal finances
- Save, save, save
- Don’t be afraid to invest too
- Get in touch with people you feel you can learn from. More times than not, you’ll find that they are happy to help
- Commit to a thing and execute. It will take dedication and patience.
- Most times you will have to motivate yourself
- Do those things you like doing that add value to your life
- Think about your bigger picture, dreams and goals and work backwards from there so you can figure out what you need to be doing now
- Health is not limited to physical wellbeing. Consider your mental, emotional, spiritual wholeness
- Generally, you reap what you sow
- Nobody knows it all
- Nobody has it all
- A lot of us are afraid of the unknown but you should try anyway
- Nothing and nobody can ever be worth you compromising on your values and morals
- Don’t people-please. It’ll only make you miserable
- A large portion of life is what you make it
- Hard work is necessary at every stage of life
- Forgive yourself, learn and move on
For every point above, I could write an entire new post… and I may just do that over the next few weeks. Let me know in the comments if you can relate to any of this.
Thanks for reading!