As I mentioned in a recent Miranda Chats video, turning 29 has prompted me to reflect on some of the life lessons I’ve learnt so far in my 20s. One of the most influential books I read in the past decade was Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, and I love the list she gives of the ‘secrets of adulthood’ she’s learnt. Reflecting on the past few years has inspired me to come up with my own list:
The most important person you can get to know is yourself.
People both change and stay the same.
You never stop figuring things out.
Always wear sunscreen.
There’s no room for laziness.
Surround yourself with people who have similar values.
Don’t settle: hold out for what you want.
Sometimes, you don’t get an answer. And that’s ok.
There’s only one diet: eat less, move more.
Accept fear, but never let it stop you.
Enjoy the process: don’t ever pin your joy on outcomes.
Ignite your own soul.
There is no greater power than independence.
You can be one thing and also the opposite.
It’s what you do everyday that counts.
You can only make other people happy when you are happy.
Make sure your daily habits aren’t bad habits.
Take time to recharge.
Never skip a meal: you’re awful when you’re hungry.
Time speeds up.
Say no to more than you say yes.
Always take the gracious path.
Learn how to be kind to yourself.
People’s reactions say more about them than they do about you. It’s hardly ever personal.
A tidy home is an instant happiness boost.
Always take your make-up off before bed.
Desperation can lead to great things, as long as you have grit and perseverance.
A lot of people talk and don’t do. Be a do-er.
Buy yourself flowers.
Finished, not perfect.
I’d love to know – what are your own secrets of adulthood?