16 Aug 2015

22 Things

22 life lessons you need to know

A week ago I turned 22. And despite the day having striking similarities with how I spent my 20th birthday (surrounded by people and Korean stuff and trying to get half decent pictures of f(x)), I can now sing all the songs that are to do with being 22, and pretend that I have an idea what I'm doing in life. Which totally means I get to dish out little gems of wisdom from time to time. Like now. 

So today you get 22 things I've learned in my 22 years.

1 - there is nothing better than being passionate about something. or many things. 

2 - being friends with your parents isn't lame or weird - it's great. 

3 - sometimes having 5 really good friends is better than having loads of 'kind-of' friends

4 - not all dreams come true and that's ok. the lessons learned along the way were valuable (even if their value isn't known yet)

5 - being excited to learn or being excited for education also doesn't make you lame. learning stuff is really cool. 

6 - traveling really is chicken soup for the soul. 

7 - clearing out things from your wardrobe and bedroom is really therapeutic and not as painful as you'd think. 

8 - people that give backhanded compliments or cannot be happy for your successes are not real friends.

9 - it's totally ok to not follow trends. it's also totally ok to follow them (unless they're illegal, dangerous, or are going to get you into trouble)

10 - get everything in writing. any agreement, have it in writing

11 - save some money, even if it's in an old pasta sauce jar and the value of the coins are pennies. 

12 - because then you get to spend that money in any way you choose. and that feeling is ace

13 - reality is often never like the expectation. but the reality can also be so much more

14 - staying healthy - physically/mentally/spiritually - is the most important thing 

15 - the person you like not liking you back isn't the end of the world, but you can still be upset about it. 

16 - having your life together is a myth for most of us. being completely and utterly flummoxed by the future is a totally ok thing to be feeling. 

17 - Do The Thing. Or at least Try and Do The Thing in Small Steps, 

18 - jealousy isn't cute, but it is also perfectly natural. 

19 - being nice to people is much easier 

20 - impulse purchases are great, but so is the feeling of buying something you've been saving up for and wanting for so long. 

21 - living every moment for instagram is not the same as living every moment

22 - comparing yourself to others is a thing that happens, but it's just as bad a habit as biting your nails. it's not a fun thing to do, and, 99% of the time, makes you feel shit. 

What pearls of wisdom have you learned that you think everyone should know - and do you agree with mine?




  1. Yes to all of the above. Especially the one about comparing yourself to others, even though this is something I do 100000% of the time. xo
    A Manchester Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    1. I'm trying to do much less of the comparison thing - so far it's working but urgh it's an effort


  2. I totally agree with you. I won't lie I'm totally inspired to do something like this

    1. Yay I'm glad this post has inspired you!!


  3. I particularly love number 2. Embarrassingly enough, my mum is probably my best friend! I love all of these, and wish I could live by a few of them a bit more x

    Martha Jane | www.marthajanemusic.com

    1. Number 2 took me far to long to learn, (well, 17-ish), and we're super close now.
      Thank youuu


  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY - for the other day.
    Hahahaa - I am older than you and I am still learning a lot of these!
    Number 8 - perfection!
    Learning that *that* person not liking you back isn't the end of the world is I think something you have to relearn every time it happens - and it sucks every time.
    If I could contribute (or perhaps this is what you learn in the next year) working on yourself - be it with education (free or otherwise), travel, spending time alone, reading, working out, or doing the things you love makes you a greater, more compassionate, more relatable human - and people really dig that...

    ohh and tell more stories. make more stories - shit I really need to write one of these myself.
    Kelsey x

    1. Thank youuuuu!!
      I definitely think that working on yourself is a really good thing to do. I want to do more solo-travels, or solo-eating out sort of things :D


  5. Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had a lovely one. x
    Absolutely loved this post. I can relate to 97% of the things you said. I guess there are some things that all people learn as they grow up. It's a journey honestly.

    Zoha xx - Zoe and Tima

    1. Thank you so much!
      And I agree, life is such a journey and we never stop learning


  6. Loved this, and I do wish there was something I could do to cancel out jealousy! And happy belated birthday too :)

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  7. Happy 22nd Birthday Fii! That's a lot of valuable lessons learnt in one year! All I learnt during my 22 years on Earth is not to be embarrassed if I break down and bawl my eyes out on the bus! Haha!
    Hope you have a great year!
    Aria | Girl in a Whimsical Land


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