Things I Learned Before I Turned 23.

October 29, 2017

They said that age is just a number, and they also said that the age 18-25 is the most confusing time in a person's life. You took a course hoping to get a degree, you apply for a job hoping to get a decent paying workday job, and you work your ass off so you could spend another weekend holding a beer with your friends even if it meant spending your entire salary on a Friday night.

I am writing this right now because someday I wanted to read something from my past and rethink if I did good or bad. If I did bad, did I learn anything from it? If I did good, did I made myself a better person? So here's the list of things I learned before I turned 23.

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1. You don't need to rush anything. 
You don't need to rush yourself into doing anything just because everybody else is doing it. You don't need to be successful at this age, what you need is to learn. Learn more things and experience life. Just because everyone is employed, doesn't mean you need it to. If what you need is time to focus on yourself, then take your time.

2. You don't need to compare your success to everyone else's.
Yes, you may be an adult now but that doesn't mean you're already losing in life. For as long as you do things to make yourself happy and make yourself better, just keep doing it. If what you wanted to do is to dance in the rain instead of spending your day in a routinary office lifestyle, then do it. If your definition of success is being yourself and completely happy with it, you are already winning in life.

3. You only live once, so live your life the way you wanted to remember it when you're old and gold.
I wanted you to enjoy life, but please think of the consequences of your actions. I hope that what you are doing right now is something that you'd be proud of tomorrow. Spend your days with people that matter. Spend your money on experiences and food. Why? Because you deserve it.

4. Travel often. Travel as far as you can, as long as you can. 
Take this as a reward for all your sad days, and all your hard hell weeks. Traveling doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be memorable. I wanted you to pack your bags, book a flight or hop unto the next bus going to Batangas or any place you feel like would give you something for the books. Travel, my love. Because I promise you, life is so much beautiful when you spend it on the beach.

5. Growing old doesn't mean you're growing up.
Not everyone around you would be mature enough to understand your situation. Especially when these people love to bring negativity in your life. So block them on your Facebook account, unfollow them on other social media, because believe me when I tell you this, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

6. Growing up also means not giving a fuck with everyone else's bulls. 
The things that used to make you mad wouldn't matter anymore. Because right now, you are learning that your energy must be saved on the things that would either make you or break you. You learned that people would do things to annoy you, but that wouldn't affect you easily anymore because you have so many important things to focus on rather than spending your time plotting your revenge just because that one person walks too slow while you're on your way to get a cup of coffee. No, you take your time thinking what you should do to make yourself better. 

7. No, you don't have to post everything on Facebook. 
You might use to be one of those people who used to post every little shit that is happening in your life on social media that when you backread, it feels like you made your page your own little diary. But once you realized that life is so much better when things are kept private, you share a little less on social media. Your relationship status doesn't have to be publicly posted, you just wanted a quiet and happy relationship, so you just post the things that made you happy. I hope you did because reading rants on Facebook made me block and unfollow people. Spread love and happiness. If that person annoy's you, block him or tag him. Simple as that.

8. Smile often. Smile always.
You might not know it, but some people would actually do things just to see you smile and so I hope you wouldn't disappoint them. Smile often, smile always. Because the more smile you give, the more positivity will come in your way. This is also one of the reasons why you are having a great day. And who knows, maybe just because of your smile, you are already making other people happy too!

9. Throw kindness around like a confetti. 
Believe me, when I tell you this, everyone is fighting a battle you don't know about so be kind. Be kind to people who are kind to you, and be kind to people who aren't kind to you. Kindness brings out the good in everyone, plus it comes in for free.

10. Appreciate life, appreciate everyone. 
When you learned how to appreciate every little thing, you become contented. When you started counting your blessings, you let go of the negativity. When you appreciate life, you become more like yourself. Because as you grow older, you will realize that it is always the small things that count. It was never the big surprises, but it is always about how one person remembers you out of the blue, and how one person remembers the small details about you.

I am not sure if everyone else realizes these things at the age of 22, but I did. And I am telling you that it made me a better person. So I hope that this post will inspire someone to be better because I aspire nothing but to inspire more people.

Thank you so much for reading, and I will now prepare to welcome my twenty-third birthday with my friends. Appreciate life, and enjoy your life! Cheers!

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