The interesting part about growing up is that you think you’ll eventually have it all figured out. Once you start paying your own bills and providing for yourself, surviving on your own seems like the biggest accomplishment. As we grow older, does that mean we also become wiser?
Not necessarily. Well, some of us…some of us just never really figure it out.
As I am rapidly approaching my mid-thirties next month, I often think – well, what would I tell myself roughly ten years prior? What advice would I give? So here are 10 things I’d tell my 25-year-old self.
- Don’t over pluck your brows. Seriously, step one is admitting you made a mistake then hand the tweezers to someone who will not give them back. Ever.
- You don’t need to get married. For some reason, this was a big deal to me back in the day and you know what is more awesome? Loving yourself. Period.
- Save. This is something your parents instill in you and I preach this. 401k yourself and put more in savings. You’ll be grateful later. And well, not poor.
- As long as you’re on the right track, you don’t have to be in the perfect place in your career. Working your ass off now will pay off later. Did I say that you need to stop hustling? Nope. This girl is still doing it.
- What people think about you means nothing. Really, it doesn’t. Stop stressing about what people say and appreciate those who lift you up without tearing you down.
- No one remembers, nor cares, about anything high school/college related. Seriously, I can barely remember anyone’s names.
- Take care of yourself. Don’t slack when it comes to some sort of fitness, even if it’s walking with your girlfriends. And SPF the crap out of your skin every day. Oh wrinkles are the worst.
- Appreciate the good ones. Some of those friends you make in life will stick you for always (looking at you, young Laurie in that photo above). Be good to them and they may just be good to you right back.
- Figure out what drives you, and make it your mission. Is it art? Then paint. Is it fitness? Then work your ass off. Is it growing a sales career? Then sell! Just believe in yourself, work hard, and you’ll go far – I promise.
- But you don’t have to have it all figured out today. I’m still trying to figure out all the answers. But isn’t that part of the fun?
I never said I was an expert at the ripe old age of 33, but I’m having a fun time figuring it all out. I don’t have regrets in life, I’m just having a blast. So what are you waiting for? Go out and enjoy it!