I remember being 18. I even remember being 15. I look back and I think, nope, I would NEVER return! I thought I knew then, but I didn’t. Now at 25, I know. I definitely know what I do know and absolutely not what I don’t.
Having just turned this age, I’m quietly satisfied with the things I know now. I have neatly collected these things into my brain and can even be trusted to act accordingly to this abundant knowledge at times convenient and not so.
Here are 10 lessons that may also be of use to you:
- Age shm-age. Do what you want and when you want (don’t hurt others though, that’s not cool at all.) What is this mutton dressed as lamb thing Australian women keep telling me? I’m not yet at mutton age, however when I am I intend to be wholly lamb-mutton-miniskirted out with a large walking stick to poke people who whisper the age-old saying. Hearing aid will be turned up.
- Tattoos. Made to be eventually regretted and to remind you of what a funny idiot you have spent your life being. Absolutely nothing wrong with that!
- Say sorry. Just say it even if at the time you don’t mean it. You mean it after a while anyway, and in a few years that monopoly game that you overturned as a result of a property trade refusal will mean nothing. Nothing.
- Check yo- self. When I feel down I know its because one of my main things is being neglected. Sleep- music/art/general inspiration- health- flossing- relationships. Check YOUR list and make sure each thing is cruising for a sweet and blissful existence.
- Be nice to people. Everyone is different. Straight, gay, religious, bald… we all have the same heartbeat, and as my friend likes to say- we all poop the same.
- Art refreshes your soul. Music, poetry, beautiful images….god if I could consume it all at once I would.
- Work hard- I know the hard bit is…hard…. but just do it. Differentiate between the things that are hard because you hate them and the things you hate because you love it so much it hurts. Then. Work it girl/boy/cat.
- Try and care less. Know your worth. You are a special human and I’m sure there is a Marilyn Monroe quote that will confirm the fact that if someone else can’t see it… balls them out the window.
- On the contrary to lesson 8- know when you’re actually being an asshole. Sometimes you are and thats cool. Just know. (refer to lesson 3)
- Romance is so nice. Don’t laugh when someone gives you a love letter. It’s insensitive.
What are your lessons in life? Are they Tinder-tips? Are they how to get home from a one night stand from a suburb unknown to you and all humanity? Let us in on your wisdom and three wishes may be granted. Loving you. Over and out.