24 lessons at 24
Having posts scheduled and prewritten is great whilst I travel, but yesterday was World Mental Health day and I hadn't known, until I saw others post about it. I couldn't prepare something to write for it as I didn't know it was upcoming.
I started struggling with my mental health when I was 18 and although I no longer (touch wood) suffer from panic and anxiety attacks, I'm now very aware of my anxiety and general well-being because of what I have experienced.
Everyone who has or is suffering with their mental health has their own story to tell and although we can dip in and out of understanding each other, it's such a personal journey. Knowing that there are people to support and listen to you is so important, but, it is a personal experience.
I never really reached out about any of my problems, I handled them (badly) in a way that detached me from my surroundings. It was only once there was a change in my life that everything slipped into place and became better for me. Anyway, self reflection is vital and with that…here's 24 things I've learnt at 24.
We grow at our own pace.
Don’t live your life around other people’s ideals.
It’s okay to be selfish.
Try your best to not be taken advantage of.
Walking in the rain is one of the best feelings.
Put your goddamn phone down and read a book instead!
You can fit a surprising amount of people in a Toyota RAV 4. (3 door model from potentially the 90s)
If something isn’t right, address it and fix it.
People are so simple, yet so complex.
People really do care and are interested in what you have to say. Sometimes…
My nieces are two of the coolest people I know.
People can and will hurt you.
There’s no point in growing up.
There’s no time like the present and all that.
Saying no is okay to do sometimes.
There is no such thing as maintaining friendships. Good friends are there for life.
You are stronger than you believe.
Time moves pretty quickly, so make the most of what you’re doing in the moment.
Centring yourself and allowing for self reflection is beneficial when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
The worst someone can think of you is usually from negative reflections of themselves.
Make more time to watch movies.
Convenience shouldn’t be a reason for doing something.
Swimming in the sea is always a good idea.
Happy birthday to me, and I hope you all have a lovely day and can take something from what I’ve learnt in my 24 years on this gorgeous planet.