Hello beautiful people! Today is my 22nd birthday, so I am bringing you 5 things I’ve learned at the age of 22. Normally, when people do blogs like these, it’s, “22 things they’ve learned at 22” or “18 things they’ve learned at 18,” but I wanted to spare you all the fluff. Also, let’s be honest, I’m only 22, I’m not that wise. So instead here’s five.
1. Keep Your Circle Close
You’ve heard this spiel before, so I’ll keep this one short. When it comes to your inner circle and support system, quality is better than quantity. Period. Choose wisely…
2. Lofty Timelines Don’t Matter
You know when you’re younger, and you say, “I’ll be doing ______ by whatever age?” Yeah, how well is that working out for you? For me, it hasn’t worked out at all. Stop putting pressure on yourself, and just live your life. If you thought by now you would have accomplished something and you haven’t, and maybe your friends have, remember, we’re all on our own journeys. Timelines don’t matter. You’ll get to where you need to be when you need to be there. But more importantly, God has you right where He wants you to be. Trust in Him!
3. Health Is A Journey, Not A Sprint
Eventually, I’ll get around to dedicating a full blog post to this, but this year has definitely taught me that health and wellness is a journey, not a sprint. Some days, weeks and months you’ll be completely bought into your healthy lifestyle, other times, you’ll let yourself go a little. Regardless of where you are, scolding yourself into discouragement isn’t productive. The goal is to work your way to equilibrium. Eat cake, workout, drink wine, hydrate, go to bed late, eat plant-based, the list goes on. You don’t have to feel like you’re giving up things to live your healthy lifestyle. You just have to find out what works for you and stick with that. It’s not about what everyone else thinks healthy should look like, it’s about what you think it should look like. Healthy comes in many forms, find yours.
4. You Make Time For What’s Important To You
The saying, “You make time for what’s important to you,” still reigns true. We are all busy, so the question isn’t if you have time, it’s if you’ll make time. Not everything is worth carving out time for or putting on your priorities list, but never make the excuse of “I didn’t have time.” It simply wasn’t a priority.
5. Done Is Better Than Perfect
I dedicated a whole blog post to this topic, so if you want to read about it, you can find it here. But for the spark notes version, as a creator, it’s often better to complete something, than to slave over the details that don’t really matter and won’t make a difference. The creative gap, the space between the idea you have in your head and what you actually create, is real and can be daunting. When things don’t turn out as you have them planned, just remember that the act of creating anything at all was the victory. So finishing it and moving on to something that you can make even better is greater than stressing over the minute details.
All in all, 21 was an awesome year of growth and learning, and I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful opportunities and blessings 22 has in store.
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Until next time, get up get moving, and live your best life!