So I woke up this morning, looked at the time and date, and had a moment of realisation. It’s my half birthday. I am officially 6 months into being 20. It’s been 6 months since I went to from being a teenager to “adulthood”. I put adulthood in quotation marks like that because I do not consider myself an adult, but then again, what truly defines an adult?
In honour of it being my half birthday, I thought I would share five of the most important lessons I have learnt over the last 6 months.
Take a Risk. Being an anxious person, I don’t like taking risks. I like to know what is going to happen and when so I can prepare myself accordingly. But you can’t live your life like that – sometimes you have to jump and hope that someone will catch you. I’m not talking in terms of love – that is a whole other blog post on it’s own – but about making new friends, creating new memories and experiencing new things. Recently, I have been looking for flatmates to live with next year, and if it hadn’t been for me taking a risk and holding an open application, I never would have met someone who I hope is going to become a good friend with time, even if everything doesn’t work out with the flat.
Stop overthinking. It’s like a constant game of he likes me, he likes me not in my head. One day I think someone likes me and other days I think they hate my guts. And it is exhausting! Chances are, his/her feelings lie somewhere in the middle, where we’re friends but not best friends. It takes a lot for someone to hate you so it is highly unlikely that anyone hates you and if that did, you would certainly know about it.
You are your own brand. This one is partly inspired by YouTubers who’s names are their brand, but the same concept can be applied to everyone to an extent. Your name is how someone identifies you. It’s normally the first thing that someone learns about you. It’s more than a name – it’s the password to a box of memories and stories, both positive and negative. You are in control of how people react when they hear your name.
If something is worth doing, do it yourself. I am not a natural leader but I am good at organising and research which makes me a good candidate for leadership, especially in terms of group chats for events. We all know how hard it can be to organise to do something with everyone’s conflicting schedules! It can get exhausting always being the one making the effort but know that they do appreciate it. Some people are just good at organising, other people are good at turning up!
You are what you eat. I can practically hear the eye rolls from here. It’s true though! What you put in your body has an influence on you – your energy levels, your mood, how you feel within yourself. I’m not saying you need to live off raw food only but we can all be more aware of what is going into our body in terms of ingredients and how our bodies are reacting to different food types. Whilst dairy makes me feel bloated, it might make you feel strong as it’s such a good source of calcium. Listen to your body and what it wants.
Let me know down below when your half birthday is and what you have learnt over the past 6 months.