26 Things I’ve Learned in 26 Years

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! How exciting (for me)! Anyway, I’ve always been fond of these posts/videos, so I wanted to do one myself. I originally was going to film this, but it would probably be really long and I don’t feel up to editing something like that, so a blog post will have to do.

Let’s get into 26 things I’ve learned in my 26 years of living. This is going to be a long post guys.

1. Small Talk Isn’t That Bad

I use to really hate (and be bad at) small talk in general. Now I don’t mind it. It’s nice to have certain topics that you can discuss with anyone. Like the weather, it’s surprising now that I’m older, but I do love discussing the weather!

2. Just Make the Phone Call

Another thing I used to hate, is making phone calls to order something or make an appointment. I still have to rehearse what I’m going to say, but I can now make the phone that dreaded phone call immediately.

3. Enjoy Growing Up with Your Siblings

Those who have siblings, we all have that love/hate thing growing up. But in my experience, you’ll miss them when you’ve moved out and living away from home. You’ll still catch up when you can, but definitely enjoy the time when you’re all living under the same roof.

4. School isn’t forever

It feels like it is, especially when you’re in it. But once you’re out, you’re out for a long time. There’s still university, and other courses, but they’re not as rigidly structured as school. Soon enough, you’ll be out and realize that it’s now been nearly 9 years since you finished high school.

5. Applying for jobs sucks

That’s all I can say on that. It never really gets easier, it’s always tedious, frustrating and a little crushing when you hear no or nothing over and over. All you can do is literally keep applying, and eventually, with a bit of skill and a lot of luck and opportunity, you’ll get it.

6. Travelling across the world is exciting and terrifying

Sounds kind of obvious, but it’s definitely an incredible experience. Going to Peru with Sarah, being in a different culture, lost in translation on the other side of the world, was an amazing and also scary experience. It would be amazing to do something similar again!

7. Walk looking straight ahead

This may sound a little weird, but for the longest time I use to walk looking straight down at the ground. At some point, I started walking with my head up. I don’t know if it’s a confidence thing, but I have crashed into less things since I’ve started looking straight ahead. But I have also tripped on my feet, so maybe I can’t win.

8. Treat your self

This is taken from Parks and Recreation, but the concept isn’t new. Take time to treat yourself. Whether it’s sweets, bingeing a show, buying something new, or even just having a bath. Take time to treat yo’ self!

9. Save!

I know I just said to treat yourself, but at the same time, definitely save for long term! It’s nice to know you’ve got a little nest egg tucked away.

10. Staying in contact gets hard

This can be said for both school and work. It gets harder to stay in contact with people when you don’t see them in a regular setting. It’s sad, but there are some people who you’ll just drift away from given enough time.

11. Explore more locally

Travelling across the world is amazing, but definitely look more into local places as well. Over the past few years, I’ve been to some places around that I have never been to, or didn’t even know existed.

12. Try new things

An oldie but a goodie. Don’t be afraid to try new things. This can include little things like new foods, new shows or music, as well as bigger experiences. I have always been fond of my comfort zone, but I’ve also been working on pushing outside of it.

13. Try old things you once disliked

Once in a while, I’ve decided to try something I didn’t like as a kid (like carrot cake), and realized that I actually really like it! Or that I didn’t hate it as much as I used to. All a part of growing up right?

14. Check your account regularly

Budgeting sort of comes into this too. All this comes with living on your own and having to manage your expenses. Budgeting, and being aware of your money is suddenly even more important. I make a habit to at least check my account once every two days and make sure I know what I’ve been spending my money on.

15. Tattoos don’t hurt that much…and they’re addictive

Something I’ve learnt this past year. I’m getting my third in a few days.

16. You can get too old for things

I’m only 26, but I can’t binge on sweets any more, or spin around without feeling like I’m going to vomit. Don’t get me started on amusement park rides.

17. Get a good pair of shoes

I have one really nice pair of walking shoes. I can literally walk all day in them and my feet feel great. They’ve lasted for years!

18. Enjoy the little things

Not much I need to add on to this. It’s how I tend to focus on the world, I look for the positives. Enjoy the small things in life you know.

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19. Settle into a routine

I’m somewhat of a creature of habit. I like planning things for the day for the most part. Whether it’s for school or work, I like to have a routine.

20. Learn how to deal with rejection/failure

I tried to reword this a million times, but essentially the point stands. Everyone is going to have deal with some kind of rejection or failure at some point. Some more than others. You’ll eventually find your own way to process it and hopefully move on from it.

21. Find yourself an organization system

Mine has changed a few times, but I don’t think I could get by without having an organization system in place. Right now, it’s my physical calendar and my phone calendar. I put everything into it, appointments, when I get paid, my work schedule, bills, all of that.

22. Go outside

I have gone days where I haven’t been outside, and even just going into the backyard suddenly has me feeling so much more refreshed. So yeah, make sure you go outside at some point.

23. Photograph everything

This is more for me, but I love having photos to remind me of things I’ve seen, food I’ve eaten, places I’ve been and people I’ve been with. It’s just nice to look back and have all of those photos.

24. Just clean

I’m still learning this, but sometimes you really do need to just suck it up and clean the house. Everything in the house. Kitchen, bathroom, vacuum, mop, declutter, all that dreadful fun.

25. Schedule yearly appointments

I only really started doing this a few years back. I am trying to keep up with all those appointments and check ups that you should do at least once a year.

26. Coffee is amazing

I’m somewhat losing steam here guys, but it’s true. Coffee is an incredible necessity.

There you go, 26 things I’ve learned! It was surprisingly hard to reach this number. But I’m happy with everything  I’ve put down! Some was probably obvious, and others may just relate to me, but I hope you guys enjoyed reading this!

I’m off to celebrate my birthday now!

Angela.

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