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It’s been one year since I wrote my post 25 things I learned by 25. Time flies. I still remember my birthday last year and I can’t believe 365 days passed by already. So here we are again. This time, it’s 26 things I learned by 26.
These types of posts are always fun. It can take me a bit of time to think of what actually to say but I might keep this yearly tradition.
Anyway, let’s get started! (This list is in no particular order.)
1) You need people in your life to just give it to you straight. A lot of people are worried about what they say will hurt other people’s feelings. I’m like that too for people I’m not close to but I’m honest with people I am close to. If they can’t expect honesty from me, who will tell them the truth then?
2) Having friends and family you can lean on emotionally is one of the greatest gifts in life. Life can be really challenging (I’m sure you’ve learned this by now) and knowing that you have people to turn to is truly a blessing.
3) There will be days where you’re in a bad mood. Sometimes there’s a reason and sometimes it’s for no reason. Let yourself feel those emotions. Don’t suppress it! It will only come to bite you back later on.
You can be down but don’t stay down. Pick yourself back up and keep going.
4) People will judge you. It’s uncomfortable and if they’re really direct about it, it can be shocking because you don’t how to react. I learned this the hard way. Ignore them and move on. It’s your life. If you’re not hurting anyone, I firmly believe it’s no one’s business what you choose to do with your years on this planet.
5) Shop on pre-loved websites like Vestiaire Collective if you’re just starting to get into luxury goods. There’s a ton of reasons why you should buy preloved but the most important one is that you get to save a lot of money!
6) You don’t need to have many friends. It’s the real ones you need to pay attention to. They stick by you when shit gets real. Real friends are like diamonds. They’re precious and rare so hold onto them tightly.
7) People come and go. Even if it’s people you thought you would never live without. There are people who are no longer in my life that I wish still were. I can’t do anything about it though.
8) Squeeze in time to do what you really want to do. Like many others, I had a go, go, go attitude. Quarantine forced us to slow down and gave us ample time. It was a period where I could no longer use the excuse that I didn’t have time. If I wanted to do something, the time is now.
9) So many unexpected things can happen in a short time. Appreciate what you have. For example, if you told me two years ago that it would be such a hassle to grocery shop, I would look at you weirdly. The COVID cases in Hong Kong are very low compared to the rest of the world but I still wipe things down after I buy ‘em. I don’t see that habit going away anytime soon.
10) I started a new job and had to mentally prepare myself to go back to work. Luckily, I wrote a blog post about what to bring on your first day of work and it helped.
11) Staying motivated can be extremely difficult. There are days where you just don’t want to do anything.
12) I may not like travelling as much as I thought. Since the pandemic started in early 2020, I took an airplane once and that was from Toronto to Hong Kong. If you told a younger me that I wouldn’t be able to go anywhere, I would think you’re crazy. Although there are moments where I miss travelling, it’s not on my mind that often. Let’s deal with COVID first. Travelling can wait.
13) Having oily skin in a city like Hong Kong absolutely sucks, which is why I have to always research the ingredients in a skincare product before actually buying it.
14) Don’t be so hard on yourself when it comes to your body. I gained quite a bit of weight during quarantine but lost it gradually as I moved back to Hong Kong. For my 2021 New Year’s goal, I was going to be healthier. I can always do better but compared to last year, I have improved significantly.
15) Do not make promises when you’re happy. When you get off the high, you’ll probably regret it. I sure have learned my lesson on this.
16) Success is going to look something different for everyone. We all have our own definition of success.
17) Sometimes you realize just how much you take your life for granted. We’ll only ever be us so it’s easy to get caught up with our own stuff but in the grand scheme of things, does it matter that much that the bread you bought wasn’t good?
18) I’m not the type to journal every day and it doesn’t matter if I do anyway. No one is checking to see if I’m following the rules. Journaling is personal and should be on your schedule.
19) Music is always going to be a part of my daily life. I love listening to music especially at night. I listen to a variety of genres: K-pop, C-pop, pop, country, and broadway/theatre.
20) I’m not the type to have a billion friends. I have my small group of friends and am more than happy. I’m very much open to meeting new people and if I can make more close friends, great! If not, I’m not going to lose sleep over it.
21) You will lose confidence. It can happen quickly too. On the other hand, it takes a long time to gain back the lost confidence. Don’t give on yourself. Everyone can not believe in you but if you don’t believe in yourself, you’re screwed.
22) Know who you are. What your boundaries are. There are some things that you will still need to figure out but don’t let people walk all over you.
23) If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, go for it! Start it as a hobby. You might need to spend some money on it and eventually lose interest but if it keeps coming back, I say go for it. That’s how I started my blog.
24) Blogging is hard work. I knew going into this world that it wasn’t going to be easy but I didn’t realize just how hard it is
25) Facebook groups are a great way to promote your website or blog. Facebook is a platform where you can also meet other bloggers, form connections, discover new blogs, and get your questions answered. Bloggers always talk about Pinterest but I feel like Facebook groups are underrated.
26) There will always be life lessons you’re learning. As I get older, I’m always going to have advice I would give to my younger self. There are so many things I can write about but that’s life. You’ve learned a lot and will continue learning for the rest of your life.
What’s an important lesson you’ve learned in your life this year? Let me know in the comments down below!