Secrets of Adulthood

Secrets of Adulthood 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.

Be brave. 

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?

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  • Always wear sunscreen. That is a good one. I’m glad I learned early on the benefits of sunscreen & wear it most of the time. I like your tip about buying yourself flowers too. There’s no point waiting around for someone else to do it if you can buy your own. :]

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  • Do something that takes you way out of your normal lifestyle from time to time (without hurting people of course). If you teach (as I do and of course as you do too) you will learn a lot if you can become a student again too.

  • Some wonderful pieces of advice! Learn how to be kind to yourself & people’s reactions say more about them than they do about you. It’s hardly ever personal = so true!

    One of my favourites is: Confidence is not “they will like me”. Confidence is “I’ll be find if they don’t”. I’m definitely getting more confident with age. x

  • Love these! I would add: You will never stop learning and growing.

  • There is no greater power than independence.

    Ignite your own soul.

    You can be one thing and also the opposite.

    It’s what you do everyday that counts.

    Some of my absolute favourites Miranda, believe it or not I have already taken out my notebook and am writing them down, ready to stick over my desk 🙂 Love this post beyond!

    Raashi
    http://raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

  • Elke

    I love Gretchen’s blog. ‘The opposite of a great truth is also true’ has been the biggest revelation for me. I also like ‘Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good’.

  • This is wonderful! I haven’t given much thought to this subject actually, but I agree with all of the above points.

  • This is wonderful! I haven’t given much thought to this subject actually, but I agree with all of the above points.