Sunday, 25 February 2018

On Turning 27.

Shut the front door, I’m 27. 

I started writing this post as a list of 26 things I loved about being 26 but I just wasn’t feeling it. Don’t get me wrong there’s probs 26,000 things I've loved about being 26 but I was boring even myself typing them up. Then I stumbled across Grace’s post about her 24th birthday. Her post is all about the things she has learned up to the age of 24 which I think is so much more interesting, inspiring and motivating than what I was originally going to write. 

Looking back over my 27 years on this little planet, I can see how much I’ve grown as a person and it’s quite humbling to reflect on that and share it with you. Hopefully I might be able to inspire someone out there with one of the 27 things I’ve learned, or at the very least give you something a bit different than my normal posts to read.

1. Omnia causa fiunt: everything happens for a reason

2. Perception is powerful, and often wrong.

3. That Kappa tracksuit I wore aged 10 for Sunday best was not the one. 

4. Don’t take people for granted. 

5. Being quiet and introverted does not stop you from being successful. If anything, it helps enormously. 

6. You can say no

7. If you enjoy doing something, whether that’s blogging, going to bed at 9pm on a Friday night or rolling in at 6am, then do it. Don’t let anyone’s opinions sway you. 

8. Asking for help is not a weakness.

9. You’re not always right... admittedly I’m still getting to grips with this one lol jk, kinda...

10. Getting ready for a night out takes a lot less time the older you get. No longer do I prep my fake tan four days in advance or spend 2 hours applying make up haphazardly while pre-drinking. 30 mins prep and I'm out the door. 

11. Be constructive. 

12. Be grateful. 

13. Spend more money on trips and experiences and less on material things. Make memories.

14. Listen. 

15. Sharing meals in restaurants makes eating out even better. By this I don't mean having one meal between two, I mean all order something and each have a bit - like DIY tapas. Shout out to Em and Ash for always doing this with me. 

16. It's good to push yourself out of your comfort zone every now and then.

17. Not everyone's approach is the same as yours - you should appreciate this and respect this. 

18. It's ok to feel vulnerable at times.

19. Planning a wedding creates all kinds of emotions - excitement, happiness, anxiety and STRESS!

20. Exercise not only keeps you fit but clears an anxious mind.

21. Being an introvert doesn't stop you socialising, but it does mean you might need that bit  of extra quiet time to recharge your batteries before or after a party.

22. Dressing in Fred Perry jumpers, Nike Air Max and wearing your hair in a side pony tail when you're 14 will always come back to haunt you. Cheers Ash and your elephant-like memory... 

23. Nights out start earlier the older you get. At 18, going out at 11 p.m. was still a bit too early. Now I'm disappointed if I'm not in a taxi home, sozzled, with chips and garlic that I probably won't eat by 11 p.m. 

24. It's ok to make mistakes.

25. Your best friends are not only there to listen to you and to support you, but also to take the piss out of you at every given opportunity.

26. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.  

27. Hard times will challenge you but will ultimately make you stronger. 

Hope this wasn't too deep for you - I can't decide if I like it?! 
Let me know your thoughts and the most important things you've learned in your years so far. Here's to more learning in my 27th year!

Kirsty xo.