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25 Life Lessons on My 25th Birthday

One of my favorite bloggers, Sips of Jen & Tonic, recently did a post on “32 Life Lessons in 32 Years.” I love her post and the idea so thought I would do the same for my 25th birthday (eek) filled with the wee bit of insight I’ve gained over the past quarter century. So here it goes…

1. Friends will come and go – it’s okay. Hold onto the ones that matter; others will just be participants during your journey.

2. Money cannot buy happiness. Although I’ve heard this saying my entire life, this is a lesson I learned the hard way. It’s true and one I’m so grateful that I learned so young.

Someecards Marriage Getting Married before age 25 sounds like leaving a party before 10 pm

3. It’s okay to be 22/23/24/25/26/etc. and not married.

4. Spend (lots of) time by yourself. You must learn to be happy by yourself and with yourself before you can be happy with anyone else.

[EDIT] 5. Oh, shiz, I forgot one…

6. Spend money on quality (not quantity) products. This applies to clothes, shoes, insurance, furniture, skin care, etc.

7. Listen far more than you speak.

8. Maintain constant contact with professional connections. This will pay off down the road when you’re looking for that next job, boss, or business partner.

9. Follow your dreams at (most) any cost. You may eat Ramen for a year, but you’ll be far happier in life.

10. Save, save, save…

11. But don’t be afraid to spend this money when you need it. That’s what your nest egg is for.

The Family Stone Movie Poster Let Your Freak Flag Fly Luke Wilson

“You have a freak flag… you just don’t fly it”– One of my favorite quotes from The Family Stone

12. Everyone is a little crazy in one way or another. Embrace your crazy.

13. Give therapy a try. You many not “need” it (or think you need it) but you’ll learn something about yourself regardless.

14. Spend money on experiences, not things.

15. No one tells you that the year after you graduate college will be (one of) the toughest you face. I believe it is because you are adjusting from the fun-filled previous four years into the adult, humdrum world. Therefore, during college, do as much as you possibly can. If that means not sleeping for 4 (or 5 or 6) years, do it. You won’t regret the crazy stories and memories that come from it.

16. Go with your gut. With friends, jobs, situations, etc. your gut is 99% right.

17. Be quick to take responsibility for your actions and only work for someone who will do the same.

18. Stop being so anxious about life. Things will work out one way or the other.

19. You only have control over your choices and your responses.

20. Try to find something just for you. For example, I blog for me, myself, and I, and I find great personal fulfillment from it.

21. Everyone should learn continuously – challenge yourself to learn something new every day/week/month/year.

22. Make a commitment to help others but don’t talk about it. This time and money you give away in secret is one of the best things you can do for others (and yourself).

23. Friends who will hold you accountable are amazing.

24. Be honest…to everyone. It’s refreshing and people will appreciate it.

25.  Traveling the world is the best education money can buy.

Cheers to 25!

18 thoughts on “25 Life Lessons on My 25th Birthday

  1. This is a great list! I would list all of the ones I really agree with, but I’d say that’s pretty much the whole list. I will say that #18 is something I’ve just begun to work on as the anxiety about everything was really beginning to cramp my style. Life just gets more complicated and “scary” as you get older, and you often have to leap and have faith that the net will appear.

    Happy birthday! 25 is a great age, and it just gets better from here in my opinion πŸ™‚


  2. I totally agree that leaving uni and starting a job is tough. It was tough enough moving away to uni, New friends to make, New city etc. Work is stressful and tiring and its tough making new friends when everyone already has their friends. I think that’s something I’ve struggled with the most. And woo to being 25, hope you had a good one?


    • Haha, yessss, a whole 2 years early!

      I would LOVE if you did one. I can only imagine your list…
      1. Don’t date crazy ass, psychotic stalkers.
      2. Learn to use a firearm, you know, just ’cause.
      3. Don’t hack into your parents’ computer unless you’re ready for it.
      Pretty please?!?!


  3. This made me so excited! You are exactly 3 days younger than I am πŸ˜€ and I wrote a list for my 25 as well!! I have to say though I really love this list. I am kind of jealous. And I have to agree with so much of this, especially the last one. I’ve been super fortunate to travel to 13 countries in the past 8 years and it was so worth it. GO DO!!! πŸ™‚
    I love what you said about anxiety, too. This is definitely one of my biggest challenges. I am really good at worrying things to death. I need to keep that knowledge close that everything will end up okay in the end.
    And I am just learning number 8… it’s a challenge for me but I’m just starting to see how valuable it can be!


    • Well, first of all, happy belated birthday! This was such a fun post to do (except that I totally botched it and forgot one…oops).

      Traveling is the best education, medicine, resource, and memories that money can buy. My favorite thing to do besides sleeping…ha.

      The anxiety one seems to have hit a chord with everybody. I think it’s an over- and improperly used term that actually related truthfully to so many who don’t know what to do about it. I wish it wasn’t such a taboo topic…

      As for professional contacts, I need to be better about it myself. It’s kinda hard keeping up with everyone ya know?

      Thanks for reading! Heading over to check out your post now πŸ™‚


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