You see these posts everywhere: Buzzfeed, Facebook, Twitter and even on WordPress and whenever I read them I find myself thinking, how could you not know that? But truth be told, I’ve learnt so much in the short months since I turned 22 and I feel like some of them might be helpful to you guys, so, here’s 10 things I’ve learnt in 3 months of being 22 years old.
1. Breakups aren’t bad.
Don’t get me wrong, they feel like they’re the end of the world, but in fact, they can be the beginning of something amazing. I’ve taken control of my life and I’m doing the things I would have never done whilst I was in a relationship – and you know what? I’ve never loved myself this much.
2. Reading can be a lifeline.
I’ve always been a reader, but of fantasy and YA novels more often than not. I’ve found that ever since I’ve started reading more academic books my mind has opened and I’m the better for it.
3. The outside world isn’t all bad.
I’ve always been fairly introverted, it’s simply just who I am. But over these past few months I’ve pushed myself, I’ve gone out, I’ve done things I never thought I would do, and you know what? Nature is pretty amazing. I should of started sooner.
4. Get yourself out there.
As someone who’s studying for a career in public relations, and someone who’s never had any formal experience in public relations, I was wondering how I was going to get a job even with this amazing degree. So I got out there, I’ve sent so many emails to so many companies and you know what? I bagged myself two placements so far, and that’s only the beginning.
5. My mum is usually right.
No matter how much it bugs me, she is, 99.9% of the time anyway.
6. Stop saying sorry.
I’m such a sucker for this. Where it’s gotten to the point I don’t like the word. Don’t just say sorry. Most of the time it isn’t your fault anyway, and if you did do something wrong? Don’t say sorry, prove it.
7. Learn to say no.
I’ve mastered this. Saying no is okay. If you don’t want to do something, go somewhere, just say no. You don’t need to make excuses for things that don’t excite you, so just say no. You’ll regret it if you don’t.
8. Not everyone has your best interests at heart, and that’s okay.
Sometimes you’ll meet people that just want you to fail so they can succeed, and that’s life. Treat it as competition and don’t let them bring you down. If someone hurts you, don’t retaliate, just smile and prove how much better you can be. After all, you’ll always be #1.
9. At your best you won’t be right for the wrong people.
Some people are just not meant to be forever people. Some people are only temporary. Sometimes you only need them for a fraction of your life before you both need to move onto something bigger and better and you know what? That’s okay too. Let go and enjoy knowing you’ve helped each other as much as you could in your space of time.
10. You’re going to fail.
A lot probably. You’ll feel like you want to give up and everything and everyone in the world is against you. But at the end of the day, it will get better. With hard work and determination anything is possible, you just have to believe in who you are, what you want and where you’re going.