Each stage in our lives teaches us new things and we emerge wiser and hopefully stronger too. It’s my 28th birthday later this month so I’ve decided to reflect here with you: 10 things I’ve learned in my 20’s (so far).
- What people think of you is none of your business. You’ll meet thousands of people in your lifetime; some will love you while others will judge you and then there will be those amazing few that will be by your side for the long haul. Don’t waste time worrying about how each individual feels about you and just stay true to yourself, those who matter will stick around.
- Your dreams and passions do matter. Not everyone will understand how or why your dreams are so important to you, but don’t be swayed by this. There’s a right place and time to do what you love, and usually it’s right now.
- Rest and hustle go hand-in-hand. Work long and hard, always be prepared and pay your dues, but don’t ever feel guilty for taking time for yourself and enjoying life. You’ll come back renewed, refreshed and more productive than ever.
- ‘Have courage, and be kind’ – Cinderella. Let kindness be your legacy and let it guide you in life. On the other hand, don’t let anyone take advantage of you and have the courage to stand up for yourself.
- Travel does the heart good. Nothing you could ever buy will be as satisfying as exploring a new city. Save when you can, travel often and feed your curiosity and sense of adventure.
- Take what you need from each day and be done with all the rest: Being hung up on negative moments and experiences is inefficient, so just learn from what happened and put it behind you. Tomorrow is a new day so make it the best one ever.
- We are entitled to nothing: Your goals won’t come to you, so you need to go out there and earn them with hard work, focus and integrity. Don’t wait for something to happen, instead figure out how you can achieve it yourself (and with the help of those around you).
- Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. Yep I’m quoting Shakespeare. There’s not much else to add, live by this and see how positivity will surround you.
- Comparison is the thief of joy. My mother always used to say: ‘We each have our own journey and our own troubles.’ Your worries aren’t too small and neither are your achievements. You don’t know what other people’s paths are about and what it took to get there, so focus on your on growth and the beauty of your story.
- Always be grateful. On the darkest of days and most difficult moments, count your blessings and all the wonderful things you have to look forward to.
I wish you love, happiness and all the success in the world! Xo