10 lessons I’ve learnt in 20 years

In a few days I’ll be turning twenty.

I’m considering this birthday quite a big deal because it marks my final farewell from teenage hood. The idea of being twenty years old both excites me and terrifies me. I really have no idea what to expect.

In an effort to distract myself from an existential crisis I’ve compiled a list of:

10 things I’ve learnt in 20 years

I would have made a list of twenty things, but I honestly had difficulty and could only think of ten. Hopefully I’ll learn another ten in the next ten years!
  1. Getting a seat on the luas/ bus during rush hour will be your small victory of the day.
  2. There’s no point wishing things turned out differently, you wouldn’t be who you are right now if they did.
  3. Mocha’s (or your coffee of preference) will get you through the day
  4. People can be very mean . They’ll ridicule you, belittle you, put you down and question you. But their actions will make you learn to empathise with others better and it will make you stronger in the long run.
  5. The sea is the best way to centre yourself.
  6. Say yes to opportunities more often, even though your first instinct is always to say no (you’re still having trouble doing
  7. Being called weird or different isn’t an insult
  8. You can only do so much to help people but after a while it’s up to them to help themselves.
  9.  The perfect pancake takes practice
  10. The world can be really horrible so try and hold on to your innocence and naivety for as long as you can. Never try and rely on cynicism and appreciate people who make an effort to see the world .


Is there any particular life lesson that you’ve learned over the years?


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