I started writing my previous post on my birthday only to realise that it was getting a bit too long for a single post and decided to split it into two parts. You can read part 1 of my birthday blog post here.
So coming back to my list of things that life has taught me these past few years.
13. Never take anything for granted.
People, situations and life may change suddenly. Never take what you have right now for granted. There are so many people out there who do not have what you do.
14. Be content.
Never think about what others have. To be happy, you need to be content with what you have. Envying and jealousy is just a down way spiral.
15. Social media can lie.
There are some who paint up their lives beautifully on social media. Hype it up and we look at that and wish for our lives to just as eventful. What we need to know is people only put up the things they want us to see.
16. Do not change yourself others.
Never ever change yourself in order to be accepted by someone you want to impress. Do not loose your originality because you want to “fit in”.
17. Spend money on things that matter.
Everyday we are fed advertisements that tell us what to buy and what to eat and where to go. When you first start earning you will be tempted to spend on impulses but don’t. Food, clothing and bills. This is what is a priority whether you live alone or not. This helps you live a better life.
18. Its okay to not work in your field of study.
I graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management and now work in Finance. Why? Because once I left the comfort of college I realised that the Hotel scene was not for me. It is okay to change your field of work if you aren’t comfortable doing it.
19. Its okay to not graduate “on time”
Sometimes things happen, you may have to repeat a year of college and graduate a year behind everybody else. And that okay! You may not even want to continue with your chosen stream in college and that is fine too. Find what you love and do it.
20. Adulting is beautiful but alarming.
Adulting. Will never get used to it but I love it in a way. Being old enough to be responsible for yourself is what being an adult is all about. Ofcourse, there are the bills that need paying and the food that needs cooking. But we aren’t children forever and someday we all need to grow up. Instead of complaining about being an adult and having to do all the work, look at the bright side of being an adult. And relax, no one can “adult” better than the other, we’re all still learning.
21. Never do anything for “the gram”.
Never NEVER do anything for social media if you can’t afford it. That is horrible finance management right there. If you can’t afford the daily coffee at a coffee shop but do it in order to keep up appearances then stop!
22. Before everything else take care of yourself.
Take care of yourself mentally, spiritually and physically. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you feel you need it. If you don’t want to do something then don’t until you’re ready. You will not enjoy life unless you are happy and well.
23. Be yourself.
Never be fake. Never be fake in order to impress people or get that job or to gain a larger following online. Be who you are. Because being yourself is everything that matters to anyone you meet. No one likes someone fake.
So here’s what I’ve learned over the years. And hope next year will be a good one.