My 23rd birthday is right around the corner, leaving me extremely anxious about life, where I am and where I thought I would be. When I was young I thought I would be in fashion design, being fashionable in a big city at 23, when in reality I am in a job no where related to fashion design, and living in a tiny city called Auckland.
However, among all the things I don’t know about life, there are a few things I have learned along the way.
- Taking care of your body is important – at the end of the day no matter how much money you earn, you can’t enjoy it if you are in poor health
- Wear SPF and wash your face everyday
- Sometimes, it is okay to treat yo self – Whether it is a cookie, a new pair of shoes or a plane ticket home to see your parents
- Travel if you want – but don’t feel pressured to do it because everyone else is. Backpacking through Thailand and practicing yoga on the beach isn’t the only way to find your true self
- If you want something, work for it – opportunities don’t fall from the sky
- Spend time with your parents – being away from my parents taught me to appreciate them when they are around – and if you can’t physically be there with them, call them.
- You don’t know what you can achieve until you are put into the situation
- Makeup is fun and creative – don’t let people tell you otherwise – especially fuck boys that say people who wear makeup are ~false advertising~
- You gain nothing out of hoarding too much stuff – like that card you received in high school from that friend you no longer talk to – throw away the things that don’t belong in your life anymore
- Donate – whether it is old clothing or money to charities you believe in – studies show people are happier spending money on others than themselves
- People will walk in and out of your life – its a natural thing
- Learn how to be a functioning adult will get you far – learn to clean, cook, pay bills, claim insurance etc because the older you get, the less endearing not being a functioning adult becomes
- Just do you