25 things I’ve learned in 25 years

Tomorrow is my birthday! So today is the last day before I am officially a quarter century old. I honestly thought turning 25 would feel so different than it does, but I am so excited. I have learned and grown so much to be who I am today, especially over the last 4 years. I know there is so much learning to come as well!

Here are 25 lessons I’ve learned in the last 25 years of life:

  1. Don’t compare your life to others. We each have our own journeys, our own talents, our own successes, and our own struggles.
  2. Changing your mind and opinion is ok. Don’t allow your pride to get in the way of seeing things in a different light.
  3. Stress/Worry has never solved a single problem.
  4. The hardest things in life often give us the greatest amount of character.
  5. Aging is awesome! It’s true what they say, wisdom comes in years. I’ve never felt better and more secure in myself.
  6. Confidence is one of the most attractive qualities you can have.
  7. The things you freak out about today won’t even be important 5 years from now.
  8. Happiness is a choice! You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can choose not to allow those circumstances to dictate your happiness.
  9. Don’t spend money on things you don’t need.
  10. Surround yourself with positive people. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve known the person, negative people should have no room in your life.
  11. The only person you should ever try to change is yourself.
  12. Don’t be afraid to fail!! It is better to try and fail than never to try at all.
  13. Make yearly goals, monthly goals, and daily goals if you want to make things happen!
  14. Stop caring what other people think!!! Live your life the way that you believe is right, not the way everyone else tells you should live it.
  15. Think for yourself! Don’t be a blind follower. Always ask, always seek, always keep your mind and heart open to the things around you.
  16. Enjoy the small things in life. Take time to really appreciate them each day.
  17. TRAVEL as often as you can! The world will teach you lessons no one on Earth can teach you better.
  18. Finding meaning in your life is worth more than any amount of money.
  19. Learn to apologize quickly. Don’t allow pride to hurt people you care about.
  20. Always always ALWAYS tell the truth, no matter the consequences. Dishonesty will always come back to you.
  21. Life isn’t fair, stop expecting it to be. Focus on the positive (like having clean water, a bed to sleep in, internet to read this blog post), instead of everything negative in your life.
  22. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  23. Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your friends and family will. Invest your time wisely.
  24. There will always be someone smarter than you, prettier than you, skinnier than you, and richer than you. Learn to love YOURSELF for exactly who you are.
  25. Make TODAY special instead of waiting on a special day!