“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
22 Life Lessons.
Today is the 8th November 2016, which means that it’s my 22nd birthday! It’s crazy that I’m 22.. I can still remember being 12 and wondering what I was going to look like when I was 18. Now that I’m 22, I pretty much look the same as I did when I was 12 anyway!
I thought that today’s blog post should be something that is (hopefully) useful to you guys, and to me, too. So, I had a think back over the past 22 years of my life and came up with a list of 22 life lessons that I’ve learned over the years. This list is pretty personal to me, but I’m sure we’ve all had similar experiences in life, and it’s always a good idea to get someone else’s perspective. Hopefully this will help a few of you out in some small way, and if it does, then it has served its purpose. If not, well then it is helping me out, so it’s still somehow serving its purpose!
Anyways, enough chit chat, here it goes…
- When your mum tells you that you’re beautiful, she means it.
- To quote Kat from 10 Things I Hate About You (great movie, by the way. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now) “You don’t always have to be who they want you to be”.
- Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier is always a good idea.
- Taking just a few minutes each morning to be grateful for the day that you’re about to experience does absolute wonders for your mindset for the rest of the day.
- Exercise in the morning is hard to get yourself to do, but makes you feel invincible when you do it. It’s worth it. Just do it.
- Eating healthy is about more than just eating healthy foods; it’s about having a balanced, nourishing approach to how you fuel your body.
- Self-love isn’t just about telling yourself that you’re beautiful. It’s about resting when you need to rest, eating when you need to eat, sleeping when you need to sleep, being mindful of your thoughts and the way you speak to yourself, and not allowing the opinions of others to define you.
- Travel. There is absolutely nothing so freeing as seeing the world.
- People are amazing. Never tell yourself that you ‘hate people’ or ‘aren’t a people person’ again. Stop. People are amazing. Connecting with people, laughing with people, hugging people, singing and dancing and running and swimming and just being with people lights our hearts on fire.
- You can. For too long I told myself that I cant. I can’t run that distance, I can’t wear those jeans, I can’t say hi to that person, I can’t eat that food, I can’t gain that weight, I can’t write that book, I can’t get good grades, I cant have my dream job. I am making the executive decision that I can. Just try and stop me.
- Love love love love love makes the world go around. Do all that you do with love and it will come back to you.
- Creativity sparks that flame within me that keeps my bones warm, that keeps my eyes bright, that keeps my lips smiling and heart happy. “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
- My parents dedicated a huge portion of their lives to looking after me, to nurturing me, to loving me, and they deserve all of the credit in the world for that.
- There will always be people who are more successful than you, more popular than you, richer than you, and seemingly happier than you. Do not let this stop you. You have something that nobody will ever have, and that’s the wonder that is you. Own it. Embrace it. Live it.
- Fear is a lie. Do not believe it.
- The more we give, the better we feel. Living a life of radical generosity allows room for true personal development and fulfilment.
- You do not deserve to be silenced. The fact that you are a woman, a man, that you are young, that you are a student, than you are rich/poor/British/American/Chinese/African/disabled/gay/trans/black/white.. whoever you are, you have a voice, and you deserve to be heard, respected and taken notice of. Do not let society silence you.
- Your words are powerful, use them wisely. Speak power into your life, speak blessings, speak joy, speak success into your life. Try it and watch your entire mindset and approach to life change dramatically.
- Building others up is a surefire way to make you feel better about yourself, too. When we build each other up, we train ourselves to see the good in people, to see the best parts in each other, and as a result of that, we’ll begin to see the good in ourselves, too. Train yourself to compliment, to nurture, to enjoy the positive and uplifting company of others and watch the way you see yourself transform into a picture of positivity and beauty.
- We all have bad days, things break, people fail, we get ill, we lose things, we get stressed, we all look gross sometimes, we all get greasy hair and pimples and forget to take our makeup off before we go to bed, or even forget to brush our teeth.. it’s okay, it’s part of life. Accept the bad days and let them make you that much more grateful for the good days.
- Try not to live too much in the future, it distracts from the present. It’s okay to be excited about what’s to come, and it’s so lovely to have fond memories to look back on. Just don’t let this distract you from the here and now, life is happening in each and every moment and the more present you are, the more grounded you feel.
- Above all else, God is my guide, my father, my comfort, my saviour, the love of my life. In everything I do, I’m learning to give absolutely all of the glory to Him.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you”