Remember when the most important things in life were being on MSN every night and having the right trainers? Yep. I also miss my biggest decision being which song lyric I should have for my MSN screen name that best represented my emotional state. Probably something by Nelly. Being 14 was hard after all.
Stuff has obviously gone and got a bit more complicated because of that thing called growing up. I’m pretty happy about it though because being in my 20s so far has meant slowly earning more money, discovering jalapenos and being able to stay in bed all day on a Sunday whenever the mood (or the hangover) takes me. What I’m not so keen on though is how freaking fast they are going. I mean, they’re halfway done (sharp intake of breath) already, which is pretty bloody scary. These are the things that have come into focus as really quite important now, and stuff to take notice of as time continues to fly by. Can you slow down life?
1) Keep yourself well. Educating yourself on eating is important. That phrase you learnt when you were younger- you are what you eat, well who knew it was SO true? Eat green things, avoid excess sugar, don’t overdo it on the caffeine and try and cook from scratch when you can. You should also go get those niggling little problems looked at a by a doctor. Oh and also go to the dentist even if you don’t have a toothache and get your eyes checked even if you think you can see fine. Don’t waste money on a gym membership you won’t use, but do SOME exercise, if it’s indoors. There’s an app for that.
2) Travel as much as you possibly can. Say yes to trips, go to new places, experience as much new culture as you can and buy lots of amazing T-shirts along the way. As someone much wiser than me once said and many Etsy prints will tell you- travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.
3) Worry less. Don’t freak out about your career and when you’ll have babies and when you’ll meet the person you’ll want to marry. Stress won’t make these things happen any faster.
4) Meet as many new people as you can. Networking gives you the chance to meet people who change your mind, inspire you, teach you new skills and fill up your contacts list with helpful souls who you might need to call on one day.
5) Save some money when you can. Even if it’s just a little bit that seems almost not worth it, you never know what might happen that requires a few pennies. (You also never know when you will NEED something from ASOS. You know, like really NEED.) It’s also a good idea to learn how to handle money and get a pension (I know, omg). Spreadsheet anyone?
6) Keep the people you love close to you.
7) Take every opportunity you get to learn something new. This shouldn’t just apply to work either, bettering yourself is something you’ll never regret.
8) Record your memories properly. If you’re going to do life, you may as well do it right. Facebook might seem like all you need to memorise everything you do and keep a photo album of it, but you might want something a bit more solid (and involves less scrolling) in twenty years time. It’s always nice to have an opportunity to spend money on Paperchase scrapbooks, right?
9) Be open-minded.
10) Have an absolute shit load of fun. Have all of the fun now, and keep having all of the fun forever. What’s the point of being on this earth if you’re not going to enjoy it?