If you’ve read my book review of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, you may already know how much I love habits and personal growth. In her book, Gretchen writes about a thing called ‘secrets of adulthood’, which are lessons she’s learned growing up that would be good to remember for later.
Today, I turned 24 years old and figured it would be fun to share with you 24 things I’ve learned in 24 years.
Here are some of Gretchen’s that really resonated with me:
- Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
- Always bring a sweater.
- The days are long, but the years are short.
And here are mine:
- People are way too busy with themselves (and their phones) to notice your mistakes.
- The only way out is through.
- When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.
- Take your time to get used to things.
- When struggling with a technical issue, try turning it off and then on again.
- If you need to remember something: Write. It. Down.
- Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
- Never buy anything full-priced if you know there are discounts and sales a few times a year. Coupons are your friend.
- Trust your gut.
- BACK. UP. YOUR. TECH.
- Things often get harder before they get easier.
- It’s okay to cut toxic people out of your life. Also, listen to your friends when they tell you someone is toxic.
- Always bring a bottle of water and a book with you anywhere you go.
- Never stop learning new things and improving yourself.
- Documenting your life makes your happy memories last longer.
- Take time for gratitude.
- Don’t get involved in other people’s conflicts.
- We all make mistakes. What matters is how we deal with them. Acknowledge and admit your own mistakes.
- Take off your make-up before bed.
- If you’re worrying about something you can’t do anything about (at the moment), let it go.
- Experiences > stuff.
- Friends come and go, and that’s okay. Growing apart is normal.
- If you really want to do something or see someone but you think you don’t have the time, fix your priorities.
- This too shall pass.