How am I already 25?
Each birthday seems to come a little more quickly which means I am a little more pressed to reflect on the passing year and the learnings that have come from it. Being twenty-four was overall a good year. I spent the majority of my days plugging away at grad school in coffee shops, working with some amazing people, and trying to read outside of my scheduled textbooks.
I can already tell that this year of my life holds a lot of change. But, I guess that’s all a part of life, eh? Here are some life lessons that have come my way over the past year – and while some are more important than others, I feel like they are all worth mentioning to cap off my twenty-fifth trip around the sun.
- Go to the party (if only for an hour) because you’ll never know who you will meet.
- Find out your favourite way to relax and practice it often.
- Spend time with people who help you forget about social media.
- The “job thing” will figure itself out when the time is right.
- Take risks with safe people.
- Rediscover baths (this is essential).
- When you listen to your body, it will assure you that it’s on your side.
- More time reading, less time with screens.
- Have ingredients stocked in your cupboards to bust out a last minute “I need to feed someone other than me, dinner”.
- Invest in a good mattress topper (your 25-year-old back will thank you…).
- If possible, live alone at least once in your life.
- When things feel slow, remember this might be the last chance you feel as carefree.
- Find a morning ritual (coffee or not) that brings a smile to your face each morning.
- Get to know your neighbors (and win them over so they don’t complain about you being loud).
- Take walks whenever you get a chance. You’ll be sitting the rest of your life.
- Don’t hesitate before you compliment people – you’ll both be better after you’ve said it.
- Lululemon Align pants are completely worth the money. Your lower half will thank you for being hugged by clouds.
- Bring more life and green to your home by investing in real plants. C’mon, you’re an adult now and you don’t need to keep using the excuse that you “kill everything”.
- Just like your plants, remember that you too need lots of water and sunshine. See #15.
- Find an outfit in your wardrobe that instantly makes you feel comfortable, and throw it on whenever you’re having an “off” day.
- When you meet someone special enough, long distance is worth it. Always.
- Be someone your friends feel comfortable enough to ask for help.
- Invest in jewelry that does not turn your fingers black.
- Practice radical honesty (with others and more importantly with yourself). Experience new depths within these relationships.
- Nothing has to be figured out – just focus on today.
If you’re feeling like you need a bit more, check out this post where you can read 24 things from my previous 24 years.
**All photos by the lovely Hannah Brooks – hannahbrooksphotography.com**