Saturday, 29 August 2015

21 Things I Learned Aged 21

Tuesday was my 22nd birthday, and that means very little to my life apart from allowing me to sing along to Taylor's '22' in whole new, passionate ways. 21 is regarded as an important age by most people, and it was certainly an eventful one for me. Here are 21 things I've learned over the past 12 months:

- If there's something you don't want to do and every part of you wants to put it off for as long as possible; don't. It'll be better for everyone if you do it right away.

- Primark's £2.50 t-shirt bras are a blessing to this world.

- Friendships where you're afraid to be yourself and speak honest thoughts aren't really friendships.

- Friendships with people who support the creative endeavours you find yourself in whilst having a bunch of creative goals of their own are the best and should be cherished always.

- Having a bank balance of £0.00 isn't as bad as it sounds. You'll be surprised at how resourceful you can be (and how many 10p coins are inside your sofa).

- Freelance writing and blogging and making YouTube videos for money is something that requires a full time commitment and a lot of luck. There is no 'easy option' when it comes to earning a living.

- It is completely possible to organise a wedding, write a first class dissertation, complete two third year university modules and remain a sane human being all at the same time. I probably wouldn't recommend it, though.

- University is great. But it changed how I think, and in some ways that's not a good thing. Suddenly I'm guilty for not applying for graduate jobs the second I completed my degree. Suddenly I'm too critical of literature to ever confidently write anything.

- Reaching the end of Gilmore Girls after spending a year watching every single episode was more emotional than reaching the end of university.

- Something I thought I had learned before but this time I have fully grasped it: DO NOT cut your own hair.

- If you are lying awake at night thinking everything is absolutely falling apart, wait until morning. Everything will feel a bit better.

- Collecting Nectar points and Boots Advantage points is a very boring but very important aspect of my life.

- When you're feeling a bit lost in the adult world, send a message to your childhood best friend.

- Busking in the street is so much harder than it looks.

- Sensory Overload is a real symptom of anxiety, not just me feeling like a brat when there are too many sounds going on around me.

- I can drive a left-hand drive car on the right side of the road. Level up.

- Icelandic sunsets are a whole other kind of beautiful.

- I generally hate spending money, but there are two things worth investing in: winter boots and dentists.

- Flower emojis are a good substitute for when you want to send someone flowers but can't afford to.

- Take multivitamins.

- There is no quota for terrible things that can happen in your life. However, I believe the support and positivity family and friends can muster is equally limitless.

Here's to 22.


  1. So many good tips! Here's to another year :D Hope you had a very happy birthday!

  2. Happy birthday and thank you for sharing :)

  3. Great post and great tips. Happy birthday x

  4. Happy birthday. Wishing a fantastic time. All the best.

  5. Yesssss. Especially feeling that last one. Happy belated birthday!