As my birthday came and went this year I found myself reflecting on the past few years and just how much I have changed since I left for that first trip back in 2017 when a young 23 Year Old Michelle quit her job and relationship before venturing off on the trip of a lifetime. As we every trip around the sun it has been a year of highs and lows, mostly lows thanks to COVID-19 but as I sit here in this life I have created I find myself more grateful than ever. I am alive, I am happy, I am me.
I love being able to take the time to reflect on each passing year and be able to mark another year of my time on this earth. So here is my 27 lessons I have learnt from my short 27 years of living.
1. You make your own happiness
For far too long I blamed my depression for my lack of happiness but you know what, I still chose to let it rule my life. If you’re depressed, seek help even if its just from yourself.
2. It is never too late for a fresh start
A fresh start may just be the thing the makes you the best version of you.
3. Learn to love yourself completely
Embrace all of our flaws they are what make you unique.
4. You will never be this young again
So be grateful for everything you can do now as you won’t always be able to hike that mountain, jump into the ocean or dance in the rain so enjoy your youth.
5. Do what you love and love what you do
Life is too short to spend it doing something that doesn’t ignite your soul.
6. At the end of each day list three things that made you happy
Too often we spend our time thinking about everything that went wrong and forget that life is also about the positives, so remind yourself each day, write it down and keep a diary.
7. Write it down
further to the above, write everything down so that one day you can read the memoirs that is your beautiful, vibrant life.
8. Find your passion
However big or small find something your passionate about and make the time to do it.
9. Keep learning
It is never too late to learn something new, always wanted to learn a new language? Now is your chance.
10. Always be yourself
You’re the only person who gets to be you and that’s pretty damn special.
11. Everyone has a story, find the time to listen to them
You never know a person until you hear their story. By listening to someone else’s story you can learn so much about them and you can see just how small we all are in the world.
12. Always say yes to new adventures
You never know where it may take you or what you may discover about yourself.
13. But also know that it’s ok to say no
It’s your life, if you don’t wan to do something you don’t have to do it.
14. You write your own story, make it epic
You write your own story and you are the only person who gets to live it. Write a story you are proud of, one that you can think of when you’re old and grey.
15. Be the person you want the world to see
When I think of this, I think of my early days on Social Media, posting a life that wasn’t true, the life I wanted not the life i had. Now I find myself living the life I always dreamed for myself, becoming the person I always wanted to be.
16. Make your 20’s your selfish years
Contrary to popular belief, it is ok to be selfish. Put yourself first, make yourself happy.
17. If you’re not happy with your life you have the power to change it
Don’t be afraid to hit refresh, move cities, meet new people you may just find yourself living in the life you always dreamed. Stop wishing for change and make it happen.
18. Create a community
Surround yourself with a community of like minded people.
19. Lift up those around you
Empower everyone you meet. You may just help them realise their own potential.
20. Family is everything
You will never have this time again, cherish every moment with your family, even if they drive you insane because one day they will no longer be there and you will never get that time back.
21. Keep Dancing
Dance everywhere, Dance often and most importantly, dance like no one is watching.
22. Smile Often
There is always something to smile about and one day you will be thanking yourself for all those beautiful smile lines, they will be a mark of a bloody happy life.
23. Don’t take your health for granted
Your health is important, look after yourself as one day you may get sick and it will all be taken away and you will find yourself wishing for the days you could run, sing and dance in the rain.
24. Enjoy the little things
Every day might not be perfect but there is something perfect in every day.
25. Avoid negative people
Negativity is contagious and you don’t want to spend your life in a negative mindset… trust me
26. Travel far and travel often
Travel is luxury that should never be taken for granted. Travel far and travel often.
27. Don’t take anything for granted
If COVID-19 has taught me anything it is not to take anything for granted, the simple act of going to for coffee with friends can be a special moment.