27 Lessons Learned for 27 Years of Living

With this week being my 27th trip around the sun, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my life, considering I feel like recently there has been a whole lot of change. Not only is the world experiencing something completely new, I feel like for me I’m also entering a new stage of life, even though its not a particularly momentous birthday.

I’ve spent the past year laughing about having a quarter life crisis, mainly considering the fact that when I was about 15 I was like ‘yes I 100% will be married and be having my first child at 27‘ neither of which are anywhere near happening, or want to be happening. Sorry mum.

As a person who loves to reflect, learn and develop, I thought now was a good a time as any to think about my life so far and be grateful for how far I’ve come and where I want to go. So here is 27 things I’ve learnt from 27 years of living.

1. It’s not too late to start something new.

Considering I only just started a blog, I recently changed career and I’m considering going back to university, I am an advocate for not needing to be a certain age to do certain things.

2. Always be learning and growing.

Take every aspect of your life and turn it into a lesson learned, use this to your advantage for growth.

3. You are capable of what you dream.

Or just never put a limit on your dreams.

4. Love yourself first.

Something I think we are all still learning, but hella important. Learn to love the whole irreplaceable, unique, amazing you.

5. Invest in your skincare.

A friend told me recently I should wear sunscreen on my face every day and at least use a basic moisturiser and cleanser. And thats possibly the greatest advice I’ve ever received. Just do it. Trust me.

6. Practice gratitude, especially in the little things.

Once you learn to be grateful for the little things, the big things just fall into place.

7. Nothing is as bad as what you overthink it to be.

As a chronic over thinker, I still have my training wheels on with this one. But as I was recently told, why live through something twice over the possibility that you might have to live through it once. That possibility is so small you might not have to live through it at all.

8. Positive self talk is everything.

Again, training wheels but you wouldn’t talk to a friend the way you talk to yourself. Your body reacts to what you feed your mind with. Nourish it with the possibility that everything is possible. Imagine if you obsessed over all the things you loved about yourself.

9. Learn to seek out positives in every situation.

I will say it louder for those in the back. Positivity creates positive outcomes. Learn to live glass half full and your glass will not be big enough.

10. Build a community.

They say you are the product of the 5 people you invest most time in. Make these people a reflection of who you want to be, learn from each other and grow together, nothing is better than a good community.

11. Keep a journal.

If anything, write down your anxieties. You’ll feel a whole lot better.

12. Know your worth.

Before you allow anyone else in, know your worth is limitless.

13. Breathe deeply, release stress, reset.

I recently started doing yoga and relearning how to breathe deeply. It’s changed so much and it becomes so much easier to reset afterwards and think clearly.

14. You’re never too old to dance in the kitchen.

Or sing or shout or laugh. Just appreciate the small moments.

15. Family is permanent, always stay connected.

As someone who went rouge and moved as far from family as physically possible, I cannot stress enough how important family is. So many people have come and gone in the years I’ve lived overseas but my family is ALWAYS there.

16. Stay true to yourself and your passions.

Be brave enough to go after your passions (one of mine was moving overseas) and don’t let anyone talk you out of it, which leads me nicely onto…

17. Just because everyone else is doing something, doesn’t mean you have to.

You do you. That way you will always live a life thats true to you.

18. Learn what it means to be nutritious, not just healthy.

Something I read recently got me thinking about this. How we describe things as being healthy but are they really nutritious? Live a life that is nutritious!

19. Be proud and celebrate the success of others.

Again grow your community, celebrate each other and thrive together.

20. Stay curious.

Question everything, learn new things, ignite your passions, explore and grow.

21. Love what you do everyday.

And if you don’t love it, change it.

22. Travel, travel, and travel some more, collect those beautiful moments.

Go see the world (when you can) and realise the true worth of moments over possessions.

23. Perception is everything.

You choose how you view something. Always be kind.

24. If someone is meant to be in your life, they will be.

I have spent many years realising this. The best of the best stick around, and if they don’t stick around, they weren’t worth a chapter.

25. Listen to your gut.

Trust me, it’s a better decision maker than your brain.

26. Let go of what you thought life would be like and love the one you’re in now.

Clearly I had many many visions of what my life would be like at 27 and none of them are true. Apart from living overseas (except I thought Australia) but I adore the life I live now. I’m learning to let go of what I thought would be and allowing what is.

27. You’re not too old, the best is yet to come.

Again, for those in the back. YOU’RE NOT TOO OLD.

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