I turned 20 yesterday, and while I can’t go out partying to celebrate (damn you diet!) I’ve had some time to think…I’ve been on this planet for some time now. So I thought I would conjure up a list of 20 wise and wonderful things I have learned over the last 20 years.
1. If you want something, you’ve gotta work for it.
It’s as simple as that. If you want to be a writer, you have to write until your fingers hurt. If you want to sing, you need to do it loud enough for everyone to hear how good you are. Don’t rely on anyone else to give you what you want.
2. Don’t listen to that dick who told you it’s kinda off-putting that you can drink pitchers all night like a champ.
People like that aren’t worth your time. Don’t let people judge you for having fun, so drink up honey and smile until your cheeks ache!
3. It’s pronounced DUCT tape, not duck tape.
Don’t even laugh at me…you all thought it too.
4. Friendships don’t always last.
I learned this the hard way. You may find that as you start to find your place in the world, the people who you hung out with may start to drift. It’s okay though, no hard feelings.
5. Neither do romances.
Relationships can end for all kinds of reasons, in my experience it’s never been for a good reason (until months later when I realise they were an ass). Although it can feel like it’s the end of the world when a relationship ends, it’s not. It gets better and you forget about them.
6. Creativity is important, express yourself whichever way comes natural to you.
Whether it be writing, drawing, singing, even making jewellery, being creative is good for the mind and soul. Find your niche and roll with it. You never know what will come out of it.
7. Jamie Oliver ruined my school lunches – R.I.P. Turkey Twizzlers.
I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.
8. Vodka is not your friend, okay?
Vodka is like that one friend you have who starts off as a blast in a glass but then slowly turns into a little bitch who you end up fighting with by the end of the night. Vodka knows how to break out your ridiculous booty-shaking dance moves one minute and then it’s punching you the next while you’re puking your guts up. Vodka sticks around the next day, it sits and slaps you in the face all day long. You want a bacon sandwich? No, be violently sick little girl!
9. Dogs are special little creatures.
I’ve always been a dog person, I’ve grown up around them. No matter how small or how big they are, I just love them all! I honestly believe that having a special bond with a dog is very important for everybody, they’re just little angels.
10. Taking care of yourself is important.
I’m talking to you ladies, make time to pamper yourself. Keep your hair in good condition by visiting the salon regularly, go get your nails done. Why not buy yourself high quality make up and skin care products? You deserve to look awesome!
11. You can meet some interesting people if you have an open mind.
Judging people from the get go can come back and bite you on the ass. Just because a person is a little bit different from what you’re used to, or comfortable with doesn’t make them a bad person. 9 times out of 10, eventually you will realise they’re actually great.
12. Doing things that people hate doesn’t make you uncool.
Example: I loved Nicki Minaj back in 2010 when everyone thought she sucked. Did that stop me from learning all the lyrics to her songs? No. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing something different to everyone else, enjoy the things you like.
13. Reading is a good way to relax.
I carry my Kindle everywhere with me, there’s nothing better than curling up in your ketchup stained sweats and reading a good book you bought for 99p on Amazon.
14. Whitney Houston’s voice was sent from heaven.
She was a legend and my go-to karaoke diva. R.I.P. Angel.
15. Your eyelashes can sense your fear.
There’s nothing I love more than wearing mascara on a good day, on a bad day? Not so much. I find that if you go in all calm and collected you’ll get that perfect fan of lashes instead of clumpy spider legs mixed with tears.
16. Take your vitamins and eat your vegetables.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is…be healthy.
17. Music is good for the soul.
You know it.
18. Keep your family close to your heart.
Family is the most important thing, don’t take them for granted. They will stick up for you when no one else will, they will love you no matter what and they aren’t afraid to knock you down a notch or two when you’re getting too big for your boots.
19. You can never have too many bags.
Whether it’s designer, from a charity shop or I found it in the sale bin at my favourite store, I can’t get enough of bags. Don’t ignore that little voice in your head telling you that you deserve to treat yourself!
20. Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.
An important life lesson my dad taught me when I was 15. Don’t give up if you fail.