It’s one week until I turn 25, and yet I still remember the days where I dreamt about being old enough to drive my own car, or what would happen if I failed my GCSE’s.
I never understood people who said “Time flies”, but now I finally get it as I sit here contemplating where the past 25, especially the last 5 years of my life have gone.
As a tribute to my birthday I decided to share with you the 25 things I have learnt in my 25 years here, on planet earth.
1. You’ll never see 90% of the people you knew at high school so don’t worry about what they think of you.
2. 90% of your ideas will be bad, but you have to go through the bad to find the good so don’t ever be afraid of trying – regardless of how silly your idea may seem.
3. University isn’t necessary. In fact, I struggle to find people who have a career in something directly related to their degree.
4. Save as much money as you can, as young as you can. But don’t let it take over your life.
5. Invest in yourself. In your education. In your well-being. It will pay dividends.
6. Some things are worth paying more for. Like clothes.
7. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Promotions, relationships, discounts – Don’t be afraid to ask!
8. Say no.
9. You will do stupid things, you will regret those stupid things. Learn from them, and move on
10. If you’re going to do something. Do it right. Give it your EVERYTHING!
11. Entering (and going on to win) competitions can give you things that you otherwise could only dream of.
12. Life is short. Kids I went to primary school with have died. On more than one occasion. Aged 19 and 23 – and there are just the ones I know about.
13. Music changes everything. So turn it up!
14. You’re parents DON’T always know best, but sometimes they do. Confusing I know.
15. You’ll never actually know what you want to be when you grow up…
16. Travel. Travel far, travel wide. Travel alone, travel with friends. Travel on a budget, travel in style. Just travel.
17. Don’t text. Don’t email. Use that god damn phone and call people!
18. That tattoo idea that you think is cool aged 18, wont be when you’re almost 25.
19. Set up a direct debit and send as little as £2 to a charity of your choice once a month. Thanks to compound interest that’ll mount up to thousands.
20. Compound interest.
21. Invest in a good phone case. If you’re going to have a £600 phone you better protect it with a £30 phone case.
23. Stop dwelling on the past and focus on the now.
24. Document, don’t create. Thanks, Gary.
25. Be yourself. Find someone who loves you for you and do things that make you god damn happy. (and yes, that includes work!)
Here’s to being a quarter of a century.