Thursday, 24 December 2015

LIFE: 21 Things I've Learned In 2015

2015 has been a really crazy year. Like, the things that have actually happened, I never would have expected. I started off the year with a horrible sickness bug that knocked me out for about a month, which was pretty grim but, honestly, this year has probably been the best of my life so far. I've learnt a lot about myself, what I want and I feel like I've just got a little bit wiser (definitely not just because I've had a wisdom tooth come through!)

I think you get to a certain age and you feel like you've learned more about yourself. Things make sense a bit more and BAM you're in your mid twenties, kicking ass at life every now and then!

So here's what I've learned in 2015...

1. I must give myself a break. We ALL must. After spending a long time running your life at 100mph you will crash and burn into illness/tears/confusion/crisis. Our bodies can only take so much.

2. People will surprise you. Not always in a good way. 

3. Kinda going with number 2, we're all human. We do good things, bad things, silly things. There's no book of rules for being a human or being an adult. I even questioned this year what being an adult even was.

4. DO NOT take people for granted. Don't do it, at all. Life is unexpected, you never know what could happen and you do not want to be left thinking 'what if'

5. Life is short. Life is precious. Life is unexpected. Embrace the experiences you're given, don't always live cautiously. Some of the best things that happen can be through spontaneity.

6. Avocado on rye bread with a bit of sea salt, black pepper and chilli flakes will NEVER get old. Ultimate breakfast (...brunch, lunch, can't-be-arsed-dinner)

7. As you get older, you have less friends. You filter out the shitty friends, the ones that aren't really true friends, those that you were friends with years ago but your lives are just totally different now. That's fine, there's nothing wrong with it - it's growing up.

8. Those few friends you do have are AMAZING. They're practically your soulmates. The funny one that is the only person that makes you belly laugh, the one that's been there since you were tiny that always plays the Mum of all her friends, the one that is so similar to you in so many ways...all of them, they're the best thing in your life and having fewer friends is actually the best thing.

9. Just because you're family by blood, it doesn't mean you'll have the family bond you're 'meant' to have. Friends become more like family. 

10. Wearing mostly black clothes/shoes/accessories is fine. Black is chic. Black is slimming. Black is best.

11. Travelling the world, seeing new places, meeting new people - it's the most satisfying thing. The world is SUCH a big place and there are so many things and people that can open your eyes to new ways of thinking. Travel is so fulfilling. 

12. If you love your job, cherish that. SO many people can't stand their job or just do it to pay the bills. If you're lucky enough to find a job that kinda becomes your life but you enjoy living that way, enjoy it while you have it.

13. Planning isn't always best. Leaving yourself a free weekend here and there can lead to fun, unexpected plans.

14. Just because something looks right on paper, it doesn't mean it feels right. Somebody might have every quality you want for your future husband, they might have everything you think you'd want to be happy but if they're not right for you, you have to be honest with yourself and say it's over. Nobody wants to realise 5, 10, 20 years later that you've been kidding yourselves for all that time. You both deserve to be happy.

15. You'll get to a point where it feels like the whole world is getting engaged, getting married and/or having babies...don't panic if you're not there yet. It doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you, everybody's just at different points in their lives. 

16. There's no point in dieting, calorie counting, trying to be healthy all the time. Food is DELICIOUS. Why deprive yourself of that?!?! It's all about balance. Treat yo'self but maybe leave out eating 20 pork pieces a day.

17. Stop worrying about money! Yeah we need it but seriously, time and experiences are way more important. You saved a couple of grand towards something and got it in the end? That's great but think of ALL of those things you missed out on. Be realistic but seriously, make the most of the time you have. You'll never be able to get more time.

18. I'm never going to get over my hatred for coleslaw, like ever. It's the devil. As is the All American Meat Spicy Satan pizza they sell in kebab shops/takeaways. I DO NOT want a mouth full of chillies and jalapeƱos at 2am thank you very much!

19. Sausage Dogs are the cutest things in the world. I've not just realised this in 2015, I've just realised that I can't cope with the cutest anymore and if I don't have one by the end of 2016 I'm not sure how I'll go on. 

20. It's okay to not want to go out on boozy nights out every weekend. It's okay to want to stay in with your significant other, watch films, drink peppermint tea, have a cuddle and feel fresh in the mornings. THAT IS FINE. Feeling pressured to go out is so 2014 *sassy face*.

21. You never know what's around the corner. Tell your friends, family, WHOEVER that you love them. Do the things you want to do. Don't do the things that you instantly feel are a chore. Live the happy moments. Pull yourself through the sad. Don't take one minute for granted!



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