26 Lessons

Growing up I didn’t care too much about birthdays. Believe it or not, I feel awkward about being the center of attention. I’m extremely anxious and self critical (Typical Virgo) and I’m very much an introvert. As I grow older I appreciate the ways in which my life is now better than ever, and I count the tough times as lessons that needed to be learned in order to become the person that I am today.

It hasn’t always been easy, Growing up with an absent father and a toxic relationship with my mother (who to this day forgets my birthday) I felt very, very alone. I had no self confidence, no self worth and I allowed people to walk all over me. I did things to purposely self sabotage, I didn’t stand up for myself and for some time in my life, I wanted to die.

Looking back I don’t recognize who that person is. Looking back I wish I could have told myself that it would all be ok. Looking back I wish I would have known that I was worthy of love, that I was beautiful, strong and people did care about me. Looking back I list the important lessons that life has taught me in the last 26 years.

  1. Be careful with who you confide in
  2. Don’t be a doormat
  3. Allow people to love you
  4. Communicate how you feel
  5. Don’t self medicate with drugs or alcohol
  6. Trust your gut instinct
  7. Cut out toxic relationships
  8. Stop apologizing all of the time
  9. Be kind to yourself
  10. Spend your money wisely
  11. Don’t get cheap tattoos
  12. Drink water in between alcoholic drinks
  13. Put coconut oil on everything
  14. Use a good shampoo
  15. Look after your mental health
  16. Don’t stay in a job if it makes you sad
  17. Don’t spend time with people who make you feel bad about yourself
  18. Don’t let other peoples opinions change you
  19. Open a savings account
  20. Don’t act out of anger
  21. Think before you speak
  22. Get sexual health check ups
  23. Be open minded about things you don’t understand
  24. Have your own opinions
  25. Don’t follow the crowd
  26. Make time for the people you care about

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