25 before 25

I turn 25 in 10 days. A quarter of a century old. I don't know why but it feels like a very significant age. Somedays I feel like a wee chick and somedays I feel like I've been on this earth for much longer.

I decided to share with you 25 things I've learned in my almost 25 years on this earth. I hope some of my advice is helpful!

  1. My hair will always be the greatest bane of my life (Just look at it in that picture). When you've gone 90% grey by the time you're 24, your hairdresser will become your best friend
  2. Life goes on. Not always the way you want it to, but life goes on. You will be disappointed and you will cry but pick yourself up and keep going
  3. Be brave. Take chances. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Life is too short to be unhappy. 
  4. There's not a strapless bra in this world that's comfortable
  5. It's ok to carry a £700 bag and be wearing a £10 dress from Primark
  6. Kanye is right - one good girl is truly worth a thousand bitches. Find your best girl and hold on to her
  7. Not everyone can be happy for you but be happy for them - it will annoy them more
  8. Everyday is a school day with new things to learn
  9. Learn to make at least 5 different meals well and you'll never starve
  10. If it won't matter in 5 years, don't worry about it for more than 5 minutes. Stress makes you sick so don't let it take over
  11. The second bottle of wine is never a good idea
  12. Friends are the family you choose for yourself. Friendship is a choice, blood and DNA aren't.
  13. Find a pair of heels that make you feel sexy but you can also walk in
  14. Most music written before the year I was born is innately better than anything written after 
  15. It's ok to want to stay in your PJs, eating ice-cream and watching Beaches when you have your period. Hell, do anything you want when you've your period. It's grim. 
  16. Only wear cotton knickers
  17. Leopards never change their spots but you can change your attitude to them
  18. You don't need 500 friends - rather a small group of friends who love you rather than a big group who talk behind your back
  19. Your stronger than you think 
  20. Grace is everything. Be gracious in defeat. Be gracious when you want to be bad tempered. 
  21. Equality is the greatest show of love someone can have for you. If someone always is consistent, shows up, says what they are going to do but most importantly, meets you halfway, it makes your life so much easier. 
  22. Trust is hard to find and when it's gone it never comes back no matter how hard you try. 
  23. If you think they are lying, they probably are. Gut instinct counts for a lot. 
  24. Laughter is the best medicine a person can have. 
  25. Life is short. In my 24 years I've witnessed people loose so much and waste so much time worrying. Live life and love life. (If unsure, revert back to point 3.)