Things I’ve learnt before turning 21 (part 2 | part 1 [x])

1. Flowers make a room look happy.
2. It’s okay to use ready made pastry.
3. You won’t be stuck forever.
4. You’re never too old to go on the swings.
5. It’s okay if you’ve got to take medication.
6. Learn your body, know what makes you feel good.
7. Go outside sometimes.
8. Don’t just always give in a relationship.
9. Don’t just always take in a relationship.
10. Celebrities are going to die and it’s going to affected you more than you think it should.
11. Cats are adorable, unless it’s 3 am and they’re meowing outside.
12. Find a passion.
13. Don’t get stuck in a routine.
14. Pull an all-nighter sometimes.
15. Don’t settle for bad coffee.
16. It’s totally okay to start re-reading a book as soon as you’ve finished it.
17. People you love are going to annoy you.
18. Sometimes you’ll wish you were a cat.
19. Be with someone who makes you feel like you’re made of stars when they touch you.
20. Sex isn’t shameful.
21. Dress for comfort, for confidence, but ultimately, for yourself.
22. High heels seem like a good idea to start with, but not after like 5 minutes.
23. Your old friends will be having babies and you wont. It’s okay, take your time.
24. Chocolate can make lots of things better.
25. Order food that your partner enjoys - let them have a bit of it.
26. Sing out loud and without shame.
27. Hearing birds sing and realising you’ve not slept isn’t as beautiful as it sounds.
28. Your mum brought you into this world, she’s kind of a big deal.
29. Dads can be insecure too.
30. Don’t put up with bullshit.
31. But sometimes it’s easier just to nod and let it go.
32. Get your hair cut, it’ll make you feel good.
33. Test yourself.
34. Worrying has never solved anything.
35. It’s going to take me a long time to accept that worrying doesn’t solve anything.
35. It’s okay if all you did today was watch Dexter.
36. Cats know when you’re sad.
37. Your partner is nearly always like a bloody human radiator.
38. Growing up is scary but exciting.
39. Those high school and college grades don’t define you.
40. Your Uni degree isn’t going to define you either.

Things I have learnt before turning 21 (part 1 | part 2 [x])

1. The world doesn’t owe you a thing.
2. You didn’t come with instructions, you parents were kind of new at the whole baby thing, they didn’t mean to drop you on the floor.
3. The bed is always better with clean sheets on it.
4. Telling someone you love them isn’t embarrassing.
5. You don’t need someone else to make you feel good.
6. School will fuck you over but it wont kill you.
7. The world wont stop spinning if you have to step off for a bit.
8. People are more concerned about how they look as opposed to how you look.
9. Put on a bikini, you have a gorgeous body.
10. Your first boyfriend doesn’t have to be your greatest love.
11. Laugh during sex.
12. You’ll want to give up a lot, don’t.
13. Grandparents can make the world go round.
14. A baby’s laughter will give you hope.
15. Holding hands is one of the best ways to show love.
16. It’s okay that you lost your virginity after your friends did.
17. Fucking and making love are completely different.
18. Water tastes like heaven after you clean the whole house.
19. Clean the house more often, so you don’t have to clean it all at once.
20. You’ll always be a little 1 year old in your parents eyes.
21. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak.
22. Ask questions, it’s okay that you don’t understand.
23. Never shout to be heard.
24. Don’t worry if you’re not doing what everyone else is doing.
25. You will hate yourself and then love yourself and then be indifferent and then hate yourself again.
26. Accepting love is hard.
27. Mums cooking wasn’t too bad compared to what you manage to cook.
28. Your parents will never age in your eyes; neither will your grandparents.
29. You need sleep.
30. Go to the cinema, the atmosphere can be brilliant.
31. Bowling is such a rip off.
32. Ice cream is better once it’s melted a bit.
33. Ask for second opinion from doctors.
34. Be honest about things.
35. Don’t just rely on condoms for birth control.
36. It’s totally fine to want to stay at home.
37. You’ll master cooking one meal and cook it so much you start to hate it.
38. Treat yourself.
39. Laugh whenever you can, it helps take away the stress.
40. You’re still alive, you’re doing okay.