What I Learnt In My Twenties.
I'm not quite sure when it happened, but I turned 20 a few months ago and then suddenly it was my birthday again and now I'm 29.
Poof, 9 years just flew by and I have no idea how it happened.
But actually, once I stopped breathing into a paper bag, I realised so much has happened that it's hard to believe I'll ever live another decade that could be so jam-packed full of changes, growth, fun times and terrible mistakes (please, no one show me a photo of Malia, 2006).
Lauren at 20 is a completely different person to Lauren at 29, and I think that's a very good reason to embrace future birthdays.
So, in the spirit of positivity, here are 20 things I learnt in my twenties:
- Some boys are mean and you'll help them mature if you don't put up with it.
- You'll always meet new friends, so don't stay in a group that you don't feel 100% comfortable in.
- Microwave dinners are not the route to a functioning body, let alone a hot one.
- Don't compare yourself to others. It's totally pointless because you are you, not them.
- Instead of focussing on body parts that you hate, focus on the ones that you love.
- Also, just wear the bikini/shorts/dress - no one is looking at your 'imperfections', they have their own.
- Don't drink Red Bull. It's basically poison.
- Don't smoke. Or quit as soon as you're done dabbling. Your skin, bank balance and significant other will thank you for it.
- Skip that 4th night out in a row and go home and see your mum. It'll mean a lot to her.
- Travel is more important than a designer handbag.
- Don't worry too much about being a good adult. Now is the time for fun.
- Say yes! To everything. It'll be exciting and if it isn't, it'll be a great story.
- Think carefully about tattoos. I can't even tell you how many of my friends are getting them lasered off now.
- Look after your skin. And always take your make up off.
- Don't stay in the wrong relationship just because you're afraid of being alone.
- Marriage and babies don't make your life a success. It's ok if you don't want either or if you haven't quite got there yet.
- Leave any job which makes you have panic attacks and crappy Sundays. It's just not worth it.
- Drink water! Your mum is right about it being the best thing for you.
- Put that credit card down and live within your means. It'll help you in the long run.
- Don't fear getting older. It's actually very fun.
Just call me Yoda.