20 Things I’ve Learned in Twenty Years

You may argue that I haven’t experienced enough to write a post like this and at the young age of twenty, I have nothing important to share however I completely disagree. I’ve experienced and struggled with a few of life’s bad cards like mental illness, bullying, wavering relationships, however, I’m lucky enough to have been dealt some seriously good ones too. I’ve been blessed with a network of support and love from friends and family, and with a solid plan for the present and the future. I’m currently studying one of my passions at university, all whilst living with five flatmates who I adore and who all put up with my bad jokes. Back home, are my family, high school friends and childhood memories all of which welcome me with open arms and a warm hug whenever I decide to visit.

I’ve learned a lot over the years whether its lessons from my parents or things I’ve discovered on my own and I wanted to share a few of them with you. I hope these words of wisdom can inspire you and encourage you to create your own list that you can look back on in years to come as a reminder that we’re always growing and to never stop learning.

  1. Everything happens for a reason and things might not always go to plan but don’t panic.
  2. Be Kind to everyone, sometimes the smallest of acts can brighten someone’s day.
  3. Time alone is time well spent.
  4. It’s okay to cry, we all have our down moments.
  5. Hard work pays off but don’t overwork yourself.
  6. Celebrate and appreciate the little things in life.
  7. Sometimes it’s okay to be selfish and to put yourself first.
  8. Confidence is key.
  9. Loose lips sink ships (that’s one for you dad!).
  10. Don’t ever give up on something that means the world to you.
  11. Love. Love with all your heart. Love yourself, love your family and love your friends.
  12. You’re not going to be the best at everything and that’s okay.
  13. Never be ashamed of the kind of music you listen to.
  14. Be spontaneous, sometimes the things that aren’t planned are the best.
  15. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  16. Say yes to new experiences – adventure awaits you.
  17. Don’t rush love. It’ll happen when it happens.
  18. It’s okay to have high standards, especially when it comes to boys.
  19. Take as many pictures as humanly possible.
  20. Laugh as much as you can because laughter is the best medicine.

Tomorrow I’ll turn 20 and I’ll admit it’s scary how fast time has gone, and as my friends keep reminding me, that twenty is only halfway to forty. However, I can’t wait to see what the next twenty years have in store. I see my twenties as an open book, a blank page, a new chapter and I’m excited and intrigued to see where it leads me, fingers crossed it’s a place where I’m happy.

3 thoughts on “20 Things I’ve Learned in Twenty Years

  1. I love this post! I don’t think it matters how old you are, we all develop wisdom and are broken and rebuilt through our experiences so you could be 50 but if you have not taken risks and gone through heartbreak theres little advise to give. And at 20, if you have experienced various types of feelings it gives you all the more reason to be confident and look at the world with understanding. ❤

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  2. Amazing. I am so proud of you and especially love the comment about not having low standards with boys.. that’s why we’re single, there isn’t anyone good enough for us! I love this post, and I love you very much. And don’t worry about being halfway to forty, id focus more on the fact your a third of the way to 60😂😘!

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