As my 33rd birthday approaches (faster than I would like), I reflect on the past 32.
Some may argue that 32 years is not a long time. And it's not, in the grand scheme of things.
But to me it is.
The number represents more than just age to me.
It reflects all my experiences, mistakes and successes, numerous 'new beginnings', relationships made, kept and lost. Many hair changes and different locations in the world.
I have learned a lot, and this is only the beginning.
I am hoping for my sake, to have learned more than this but these #lifelessons I feel, are worth sharing.
1. Jim Rohn says: ' You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with'. Pay attention to the people you surround yourself with.
2. Any negative experiences that happen to you are just that: things that happened. They do not define who you are or what you can become.
3. Friendships are like seedlings. They need water, time, love and patience. Make sure to cultivate your friendships.
4. Don't do things that do not bring you happiness.
5. What people think of you is not your problem. It's theirs.
6. Learn to say sorry.
7. Everyone deserves a second chance but perhaps never a third.
8. Be kind to your body.
9. Do some sort of exercise.
10. Learn to get to know yourself. Learn your likes and dislikes, what makes you tick or the things you need to avoid or overcome in order to live your best life.
11. Be a life-long learner.
12. You don't need external validation to know that you are good or even great at something.
13. A good relationship is based on communication, honesty, and trust.
14. The past is not important anymore. Take what you've learned and use it to build the foundations of your future.
15. Don't spend time admiring someone else's life. Go get your own.
16. Learn to forgive. It's hard but extremely liberating.
17. Ask for forgiveness.
18. Give compliments when compliments are due, and learn to receive and accept them with a smile.
19. Less is more. In pretty much all areas of your life.
20. The end of a relationship doesn't mean failure. It means a new opportunity.
21. Read more and buy more books from second-hand shops. You will find little treasures!
22. Spend time by yourself.
23. Allow yourself to be bored once in a while. It can spark creativity.
24. Travel whenever possible.
25. Take lots of photos, print them and put them up. There's no point just having them on your phone.
26. You are the most important person. Love yourself above anyone else.
27. Give presents to your loved ones without a reason. You don't need a specific date to show you love them.
28. Have a clean and clutter-free space to come back to at the end of a working day.
29. Cook most of your meals at home.
30. Sleep is important and afternoon naps are ok.
31. Speak kindly to yourself and others. Always.
32. Don't hold grudges. It won't bring you any good.
Bonus lesson: Eat. That. Piece. Of. Cake!