Monday 12 October 2020

21 Things I've Learned in 21 Years

These posts have been poking around the blogosphere for years, and I’ve never actually done one before. I really enjoy reading them, so a while ago I thought why not do one this year alongside my usual ‘Me at…’ birthday post. Here’s 21 things I’ve learned in 21 years:

1.  Friendships are a two-way street, respect them as much as you would a romantic relationship.

2. The unfollow, block and mute buttons are literal god-sends, use them!

3. Vegetables are AMAZING. Honestly, how could anyone knock them? They’re so much more versatile than any animal product. 

4. If it hurts, it means you cared. That doesn’t necessarily make it any better, but you’re not silly for being sad or in pain.

5. Never be ashamed of crying.

6.  Libraries are the answer to lots of questions, they must be protected at all costs

7. Your privilege may make you uncomfortable, but you need to use it effectively, otherwise you're no use to anyone.

8.  Makeup can be only for you, it’s all about being comfortable in your own skin. 

9. If you’re only reading books by people who all look the same/like you, you’re not well read, no matter how much you try and justify yourself. 

10. The same goes for films (I’m not saying I’m perfect with these, I’m trying).

11. Protests are great, go to more.

12. So is other grassroots work. This cannot be neglected. Activism is multidisciplinary.

13. If you don’t like tofu, you’re probably not cooking it right, or at least haven't found a way to cook it that suits you. It's more versatile than you'd think.

14. Self-care is difficult, but so necessary

15. Every system is rigged; you must actively work against them.

16. No one knows what they’re doing, just improvise and stop judging yourself.

17. Clothes are a great way of finding and expressing who you are.

18. You can find most things secondhand if you look hard enough, but that doesn’t mean you should buy absolutely everything secondhand.

19. If you need an instant comfort, a chocolate mug cake and When Harry Met Sally is the answer.

20. Cooking can be a form of meditation.

21. In case of emergency: have a solo dance party. They hardly ever fail.

What have I missed off my list? Let me know in the comments!

If you liked this post you might like: Me at 21

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